A freak snow storm in October of 2006 destroyed 90% of the trees in the historic Buffalo Olmsted Parks System. At its zenith, the parks boasted 40,000 spectacular trees. Sadly now, we are down to 14,000. Since that devastating storm, wonderful volunteers throughout Buffalo have replanted 3,000 of the park's missing trees, but there is still a long way to go. This impoverished city, the 3rd poorest in the nation, needs some help to purchase the trees and equipment needed to continue to reforest our historic parks. Our goal is to keep planting 1000 trees this year, to continue to replace all of the lost trees in the system. Re-Leafing the Buffalo Olmsted Parks system, over 1200 acres of green infrastructure through parks, parkways and traffic circles, will improve our diverse neighborhoods throughout the city, create green jobs, beautify the community, and improve the overall quality of life in the city of Buffalo, and ultimatley, for the planet.
Please take the time to vote for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks in the Pepsi Refresh Contest. We are in the running to win $50,000 to plant 1,000 new trees in the Olmsted Parks!