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WNY CommuniTREE Steward (CTS) Project

Welcome to the WNY CommunitTREE Steward Project webpage! 

Thanks for visiting!  Our Spring 2018 classes begin on March 21st.  Registration is now open.  If you are interested in receiving an email, when the next class registration opens, contact Sharon  Bachman at sin2@cornell.edu.

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  Thousands of street and park trees were destroyed by the snowstorm and have been replaced by Re-Tree's volunteers, the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. 

2018 CTS Volunteer opportunities will be posted soon!

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 2018 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  buffalogreenfund.org.

2018 CTS Volunteer Training Schedule (Tentative)

Classes will be held at the Parkside Lodge; 84 Parkside Drive; Buffalo, NY

Date  

Time  

Topic

Speaker

March 21st

5:45 - 8:00 pm

Introduction to CTS project, tree biology, value and ordinances 

Bachman, TBD

March 28th

5:45 - 8:00 pm

Tree Maintenance     

TBD

April 4th

5:45 - 8:00 pm 

Pruning and Safety

Brockelbank, Gentzke

April 11th

5:45 - 8:00 pm 

Tree ID 

Draves

April 18th 5:45 - 8:00 pm Tree Establishment Kisker



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

Contact

Sharon Bachman
Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator
sin2@cornell.edu
(716) 652-5400 x150

Last updated February 28, 2018