That surprise October snow storm back in 2006 stunned all with the extent of tree damage and loss, prompting good-minded area folk to work on ways to restore tree growth in Buffalo and surrounding areas.
Re-Tree, a non-profit, all-volunteer group, formed shortly after that 2006 disaster to plant trees around Western New York. Re-Tree organizes a yearly exhibit on or near the date for the Earth Day celebration.
This year, Earth Day is April 22 and the Sixth annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair will be staged in front of Buffalo City Hall on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Any environmentally-based organization can set up an exhibitor booth at this fair. Not-for-profit groups will be given free booth space. Businesses keying on environmental products and services have an opportunity to show their companies' functions and merits.
For sponsorship and set-up details, check with Paul Maurer at 553-4061 or email email@example.com.
Garlic mustard a threat
Garlic mustard, a wide spreading invasive plant species, is becoming a threat to some forest ecosystems and native wildflowers.
To curb this invasion, area ecology groups have organized the Garlic Mustard Challenge, a friendly site-focused competition to help reduce its presence in area outdoors preserves.
Kickoff events are set for Saturday at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve at 9 a.m., at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center at 10:30 a.m., and at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve at 11 a.m.
Teams compete in gathering the most garlic mustard growth at each site until June 22. For directions, details on prizes and registration information, call Reinstein Woods at 683-5959.
Hunt changes proposed
The Department of Environmental Conservation is currently seeking input on a series of changes in regulations for hunting deer. A DEC Management Plan includes a three-day youth hunt during the Columbus Day weekend, archery season opener on Oct. 1, a reduction in harvesting young bucks in selected management areas, and others. To view a detailed list of these changes, go dec.ny.gov/press/81326. Comments can be submitted until May 21.
Earth day events
Today marks the start of Earth Week in Western New York (April 15-22). Several environmental events are scheduled throughout the week and later. To register for activities and a Happy Hour at D'arcy McGees on Tuesday, go to growwny.com.