History

In addition to several major tree plantings throughout the City (ReTree and Leaf a Legacy), projects completed with Buffalo Green Fund, Inc. involvement include:

  • Gates Circle restoration
  • trees for Buffalo Place Improvement District
  • beautification of Cathedral Park and Niagara Square
  • daffodils and trees planted in Delaware Park (an Olmsted Park)
  • tree replanting on Delaware Avenue and adjacent streets in collaboration with then Erie County Legislator Judith Fisher
  • Installation of Welcome to Buffalo signs along NYS Thruway (190N at 90W interchange) and Kensington Expressway
  • Erie Basin Marina test gardens

In 1995, the Fund organized the first annual Buffalo in Bloom contest, which became the largest in the country, during its first year.  In 1996, the Fund began a project with the Elmwood Village Tree Fund, resulting in private contributions for over 1300 trees along Elmwood Avenue and adjacent streets in the Elmwood/Delaware neighborhoods.  Other neighborhood projects over the years include Black Rock/Riverside, Linwood Avenue, Allentown, West Side and Central Park.

Reforest Buffalo, a project to restore the trees on Olmsted Greenways, as well as projects that engaged community volunteers, began in 1999.  The Buffalo Green Fund was the lead agency with the City of Buffalo on getting a $75,000 Federal Grant, as well as a $15,000 private grant, to fund a comprehensive tree survey for the City.  In 2001, a Master Tree Plan  for the City of Buffalo was completed, based on the survey data, entitled “Tree Inventory Report for the City of Buffalo, New York,” prepared by Davey Resource Group, a Division of the Davy Tree Expert Company, located in Kent, Ohio.  (The survey has since been updated and Urban Forestry is included in Buffalo’s Comprehensive Plan, Section 1.5.7, Urban Forestry.

In addition, Green Downtown Buffalo, is an advocate for improvement of all of the gateways leading into the City.

The Buffalo Green Fund, Inc. is an entirely volunteer organization.  It has an 16-member board of directors who take various responsibilities for operations.  Meetings are regularly scheduled using Buffalo Place meeting space, but information can be obtained by contacting the Fund directly at PO Box 282, Buffalo, NY 14202-0282 or via email at info@buffalogreenfund.org.