Congratulations to Re-Tree Buffalo, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the program sponsors and especially to all of the volunteers who made possible last weekend's tree planting marathon, which resulted in 500 new trees being planted in our parks and neighborhoods.
This remarkable collaboration was a great start for the effort to replace 30,000 trees in the region over the next five years. And what an important mission it is.
How many cities facing drought or wildfires would love to have even a small portion of our urban forestry? Our tree canopy has been one of the distinctive attributes of our city. Anyone of a certain age will remember the arching elm trees that once graced the parkways throughout Buffalo.
This project represents more than a positive environmental impact. A dozen of my Inwood Place neighbors gathered on a fine fall Saturday afternoon to help our block club plant five new maples. The notion that hundreds of volunteers would donate part of their weekend to improve our city speaks well of our community, and reflects the belief that we have in Buffalo's future.
After all, only an optimist would plant a tree that may live for hundreds of years, long after we are gone.
NEIL E. GARVEY