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Communi Tree Steward Program

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM

The fourth year of CommuniTree Steward (CTS) Classes will be offered Wednesday evenings from 5:45 – 8:00 pm, March 20th to April 17th. Registration is now open. Fee is $25. You can register here.

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 Thousands of street and park trees were destroyed by the snowstorm and have been replaced by Re-Tree's volunteers, the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

2019 CTS Volunteer Training Schedule

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

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

Date Topic Speakers
March 20th Introduction to CTS, Tree Biology S. Bachman; K. McCormick
March 27th Tree Maintenance, Insects and Diseases B. Sayers
April 3rd Tree ID T. Draves
April 10th Pruning, Safety and Regulations L. Brockelbank
April 17th Tree Establishment and Planting Activity J. Kisker

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 February 28, 2019