Tree Planting at W. Mohawk
Image by Re-Tree
Pounding tree stakes in Buffalo
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Buffalo area tree staking
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Sister Johnice assisting with tree planting
Image by P. Maurer
Olmstead Tree Planting
Image by P. Maurer

WNY CommuniTREE Steward (CTS) Project

Welcome to the WNY CommunitTREE Steward Project webpage! 

Thanks for visiting!  Our Spring 2020 classes begin on March 11th.  Registration is now open.  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  Thousands of street and park trees were destroyed by the snowstorm and have been replaced by Re-Tree's volunteers, the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. 

2020 CTS Volunteer Project Opportunities

Date Time Event RSVP to Location

Late Winter, Early Spring Dates Coming Soon


2020 CTS Volunteer Training Schedule

Our CTS trainings include five sessions to be held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:45  to 8:00 pm at Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park.

Date Class Topics
March 11th Introduction to CTS, Tree Biology
March 18th Tree ID
March 25th
Tree Maintenance and Pest Problems
April 1st Pruning, Safety and Regulations
April 8th
Tree Establishment and Planting Activity

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

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 May 11, 2021