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WNY CommuniTREE Steward (CTS) Project

Welcome to the WNY CommunitTREE Steward Project webpage! 

Thanks for visiting!  Our Spring 2017 classes concluded on April 12th.  Registration for our next sereis of CTS training will open in the fall.  If you are interested in receiving an email, when the next class registration opens, contact Sharon  Bachman at

About the WNY CommuniTREE Steward Project

In March 2016, CCE Erie, along with a number of  partners, launched a five-part classroom and in-field training series to teach Buffalo area residents to care for juvenile trees.  Instructors for the classes included professionals in the fields of arboriculture and biology.   Funding has been provided to the project by the   Buffalo Green Fund.  Representatives from the  City of Buffalo Department of Parks and Recreation, Re-Tree, Wendel Companies and Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy helped to organize the training.  Following the training, participants will volunteer their time to assist in urban street tree planting and maintenance projects. 

"This course is the first of its kind in Western New York and is the logical next step to nurture the trees that have been planted since the devastating October 12, 2006 surprise snowstorm," stated Paul Mauer,  with Re-Tree Buffalo.  "The project partners are collaborating to create a well-trained volunteer corps of tree caretakers.  Thousands of street and park trees were destroyed by the snowstorm and have been replaced by Re-Tree's volunteers, the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. 

Future Training Dates will be posted later in 2017

Our CTS trainings include five 2-hour sessions held on weekday evenings in the City of Buffalo.

Topics covered include Tree Biology, ID and Establishment; Pruning, City Ordinances, and Maintenance and Care of Juvenile Trees.  The fifth session in 2017 included a field activity of planting a ball-n-burlap tree and pruning young trees in one of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks.  Thanks to the Buffalo Green Fund for supporting our efforts.  If you would like to contribute to the  Buffalo Green Fund which supports programs and projects that help beautify and enhance the parks, neighborhoods and public spaces throughout the urban landscape, visit their website at

2017 Volunteer Project Schedule

(More information on projects will be posted soon.  Please note dates and time may change.)





April 22nd

9 am  

RE-Tree Planting   

995 Kensington Ave.

May 10th

6 pm   

Pruning w/Buffalo Olmsted      

Parkside Lodge

June 2nd

8 am - 2pm 

Buffalo Spruce Up -  Univ. District 

For details:

June 10th

9 am     

Tree Care w/Buffalo Olmsted    

Parkside Lodge

More dates will be added throughout the season.

Area Upcoming Urban Forestry Trainings






More Information

June 6th

5:45 - 7:00 pm

Why Urban Trees are Essential …

David Nowak, USDA Forest Service-Syracuse

Buffalo Museum of Science

August 15th

NYS Dept of Ag & Markets – Forest Pest Training


August 16th

NYS Dept of Ag & Markets – Forest Pest Survey



Thank you to CCE Onondaga and City of Syracuse Forestry Department for allowing us to model our course after their training and materials.


Sharon Bachman
Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator
(716) 652-5400 x150

Last updated October 27, 2017