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ReTree the District

ReTree the District is a community development initiative in Buffalo’s University District that has planted over 1,300 trees across the community.

The project is reinvesting in our urban tree canopy, strengthening ties among neighbors, restoring our parks and greenspaces, and encouraging hands-on volunteerism.

In 2018, the Tool Library planted 89 street trees across the University District, building on years of prior work. Through hands on stewardship workshops, the Tool Library also trained more than a dozen people in basic tree care.

A group of people holding a young tree and planting it in the ground on a cold day.

RETREE BY THE NUMBERS

27 Events

1,350 Trees

1,900 Volunteers

7,300 Volunteer Hours

$268,000 Invested 

*Based on value of volunteer time and material costs (trees).

NEWS & UPDATES

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

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Mobile Technology Use

Text message-based community mapping, project management & program feedback

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Tree Stewardship & Maintenance

Collaborating with the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Green Fund, and other partners on citizen-based stewardship program

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Service Learning

Working with University at Buffalo students through the Honors College, Civic Engagement Academy,
and Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Community-based Crowdfunding

Creating the ReTree the District and Emergen-Tree crowdfunding campaigns to raise money for trees, tools, and watering bags

PROJECT SPONSORS

Additional support: Akron Tree Farms, Bailey Avenue Business Association, Chestnut Ridge Nursery, City of Buffalo Division of Parks and Recreation, Dash’s Market, Home Depot, ReTree WNY, Schichtel’s Nursery, St. Joseph University Parish, St. Joseph Neighborhood Housing Initiative, Top’s Markets, University District Block Club Coalition, Wegmans.