Throughout the year, sabres.com will feature a local cause dedicated to making Western New York a “greener” place, and showing fans in the area how to incorporate conservation in their daily lives.
Take a look at this week’s profile on Buffalo Green Fund.
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With a little bit of help, Buffalo could become a greener city.
That’s the motto of Buffalo Green Fund, an organization founded in 1973 to beautify the city of Buffalo through public donations.
At that time, the primary goal of the organization was to replace the thousands of elm trees destroyed by the Dutch elm disease that struck the city during the 1970’s.
“The city couldn’t keep up and a group was formed with the idea that people could contribute to have a tree planted on their tree-lawn,” President Kate Bukowski said. “Buffalo was known as the city of trees at one point, and it was important to restore that.”
As a result, over 3,000 trees were purchased and planted throughout the city through private contributions.
Buffalo Green Fund has since moved on to bigger challenges, including the Fall of 2006 when the October Storm hit Buffalo and devastated the city’s trees for the second time in nearly 40 years.
“In response to the storm, we planted 300 new trees the following spring,” Bukowski said. “We now have a lot of neighborhoods banding together to do surveys to help us plant the trees as we continue to recoup the losses.”
Re-Forrest Buffalo, an initiative under the Green Fund, worked in conjunction with Re-Tree WNY to restore the plants lost in the city’s parks and neighborhoods. Both organizations share board members, and thus were able to work together to match funds to neighborhoods and plant trees around the city more efficiently.
“By working with other groups you are able to get more volunteers and funding,” Bukowski said. “We have been very lucky with people being extremely responsive, and have been able to work with other groups who also have a ton of enthusiasm for it.”
Trees are typically planted in the spring and in the fall, and not only add to the look of a neighborhood, but the feel as well.
“I think it’s very important to plant trees because it improves the look of your city and they are great for the environment,” Bukowski said. “It also creates a canopy for your heating and cooling because when you have trees near your house in the summer they cast shade on your home, which reduces the amount of AC you will use.”
The general public can contact the organization to have trees planted for their homes, businesses, or other public areas and receive a tax deduction for their order. Trees are typically $350, but can vary according to the size ordered and the species of tree.
In addition to working to re-tree neighborhoods, the Green Fund is also working with the parks department and the Olmstead Parks System to restore trees to the city’s public parks.
“We have been working with the parks to do planting within the parks at South Park and throughout the city,” Bukowski said. “When we first started Re-Forrest Buffalo we wanted to plant trees to connect all the parks, and to create a canopy to run along the roads leading to the parks.”
For more information about the Buffalo Green Fund, or to donate or volunteer, visit the organization’s website at www.buffaloinbloom.com.
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