ReTree the District

ReTree the District is a community development initiative in Buffalo’s University District that has planted 1,OOO trees across the community.

This reinvestment in the urban tree canopy will produce tangible benefits like increased property values, energy conservation, and improved air quality, as well as intangible benefits like strengthening ties among neighbors and increasing the capacity of the community to create change.



Join us for our next planting day on April 22, 2017!

Spring 2017 Planting Day Logistics

Please arrive at 995 Kensington Avenue at 9AM on Saturday, April 22nd.

Groups will be registered and sent to one of two planting locations. 30 trees will be planted in McCarthy Park and 50 trees will be planted one Davidson, Hastings, and Godfrey Avenues.

Refreshments will be provided in the morning and afternoon.

Help Get the Word Out!

Help us continue to reforest University District on street at a time!

You can help us get the word out by sharing our poster with your friends, family, and neighbors! You can also share our posts on social media!

Be sure to link to this page:



Fundraising Campaign

You can help us hit our fundraising goal of $5,000 and fund  the trees and tools necessary to make ReTree the District a reality.

Visit our GiveGab fundraising page to support the work of dozens of community stakeholders and over one thousand volunteers.





Project Progress & Evaluation

This report provides an overview of what ReTree the District has accomplished so far, and how it plans to continue improving operations, volunteer experiences, and tree survival rates through the second half of the initiative through the use of mobile technology and integrated feedback.


Sign-up to Get More Involved

The easiest way to sign up to volunteer is to fill out the Google forms below. If you plan to bring a group to a planting event, please have each member sign up to give us a more accurate volunteer count.


Thanks to all our sponsors who have made ReTree the District Possible!


ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY: Akron Tree Farms, Bailey Avenue Business Association, B Team Buffalo, Chestnut Ridge Nursery, City of Buffalo Division of Parks and Recreation, Dunkin’ Donuts, Home Depot, ReTree WNY, Schichtel’s Nursery, St. Joseph University Parish, St. Joseph Neighborhood Housing Initiative, University District Block Club Coalition, and the University Heights Tool Library


ReTree the District News

ReTree the District – At the Root of Civic Innovation November 3, 2016 - Buffalo, NY – With the last 175 trees scheduled to be planted on Saturday, November 5th, ReTree the District will reach the 1,000 tree goal that community partners in Buffalo’s University District set two years ago. More than just planting trees, ReTree the District has sought to infuse both the virtues of the sharing economy […]
DEAD TREE REMOVAL: Prep for ReTree the District September 10, 2016 - Please join the University Heights Tool Library, CommuniTree Stewards, and residents of University Heights as they look to remove dead trees, which unfortunately died during the drought earlier this year, that will be replaced during the fall ReTree the District planting on November 5th. Meet at The Tool Library [5 W. Northrup Place] on September […]
Emergen-Tree Watering Campaign Launches! August 10, 2016 - Started in early 2014, ReTree the District is a community-based project with the goal of planting 1,000 trees across University District. To date, 785 trees have been planted in the district thanks to well over 1,000 volunteers and dozens of partner organizations. More than just planting trees, however, the project has been a catalyst for […]
Summer 2016 Tree Stewardship Workshops May 8, 2016 - ReTree the District Tree Stewardship Workshops Planting the tree is just half the battle of restoring Buffalo’s tree canopy! Join us for three FREE tree stewardship workshops this summer and learn how to properly care for and maintain trees in your community. NO SKILLZ REQUIRED / WE WILL TRAIN! Volunteers from the Tool Library will be […]
ReTree the District Spring 2016 Thank You May 8, 2016 - Thank You For Supporting ReTree the District! Over 250 residents, business owners, and students joined in for the Phase IV ReTree the District Planting on Saturday, April 16th to plant 170 trees on streets across University District. Thank you for everyone’s hard work and dedication in making this long term investment in our environment and community. […]