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Drive to replant trees opens today

The Buffalo News Green Leaf Campaign to benefit Re-Tree WNY begins today with a goal of raising $150,000 to plant 500 trees this year.

A minimum of 30,000 trees were lost during the October 2006 surprise snowstorm. It's estimated at least $10 million dollars over a five-year period will be needed to reforest the region.

The funds raised during the 100-day campaign are to be divided equally among the City of Buffalo, Olmsted Parks Conservancy and surrounding suburbs.

Each 10- to 15-foot-tall tree will cost around $300 to purchase and plant.

One hundred percent of donations will be used to purchase and plant the trees.

Checks or money orders should be made out to Re-Tree WNY, and mailed to Re-Tree WNY, c/o The Buffalo News, PO Box 5173, One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14240.

The names of donors will be printed in The News.

For more information about Re-Tree WNY, go to www.retreewny.org. For more information on The Buffalo News Green Leaf Campaign, e-mail csterner@buffnews.com.

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