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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Mayor Brown Marks Arbor Day with a Ceremonial Tree Planting


Buffalo, NY– Mayor Byron W. Brown today marked National Arbor Day with a ceremonial tree planting along Jerge Street, behind City Hall. The National Arbor Day planting was one of many citywide events which are part of the City of Buffalo’s Earth Month 2019 Celebration. “I’m happy to continue the annual tradition of planting a tree in our community in celebration of Arbor Day,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “The Department of Public Works and Division of Forestry will plant over 500 street and park trees in 2019, as we work to improve our residents’ quality of life by planting and protecting our trees citywide.” The newest Flowering Crabapple Tree was planted at 154 Court St., in front of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, joining a group of Arbor Day trees that line Court Street, from South Elmwood Avenue to Jerge Drive. “An easy way to positively contribute to your neighborhood and our world is to simply plant a tree,” said Andy Rabb, Deputy Commissioner of Public Works. “Trees improve our quality of life by adding beauty, reducing air pollution and by saving us energy. Today we will be contributing to our quality of life in Buffalo by planting this tree and once again be recognized as an official TREE CITY USA,” said City Forester Ross Hassinger. The City’s Earth Month 2019 will continue with additional events extending into May, involving a variety of businesses, community organizations, and other green supporters that are changing the landscape of our City. • April 27 – 9 a.m. to Noon -- 34andMore Community Shredding Event, a free opportunity to safely dispose of household/personal documents, St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. • May 3 – Deadline to order rain barrels and compost bins through the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. For order forms and pricing information visit: • May 10 – Application deadline for City of Buffalo Environmental Champions Program. • May 11 – Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Spring Shoreline Sweep, clean-up for more than 50 sites across Erie and Niagara County, including 15 sites in the City of Buffalo. Pre-registration is required. To sign up visit:

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