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Re-Tree WNY pledges 400 trees for South Park Ave

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Western New York group is working to to spruce South Buffalo with 400 new trees.

Re-Tree WNY kicked off the planting blitz Thursday on South Park Avenue.

Tree-lined streets are part of the $2.5-Million “SPARK” or South Park Avenue Revitalization Project.

Organizers are looking for 400-volunteers to help plant Swamp White Oak, Japanese Lilac and Ginko trees along the business strip October 30.

"All of those species are readily salt tolerant, drought tolerant and should stand a better chance of surviving in what is a tough situation for anything to grow which are these street side tree beds," said Buffalo Public Works Deputy Commissioners Andrew Rabb.

"We’ll be seeing a big, big change on the street. Our volunteer efforts are key to this," said Re-Tree WNY Chairman Paul Maurer.

The South Park Re-Tree effort is part of Buffalo’s reforesting efforts to replace the 70,000 trees damaged by The 2006 October Storm.

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