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Re-Tree's 30,000th tree will honor late M&T executive

Re-Tree is preparing to plant its 30,000th tree, with a tribute to a late M&T Bank executive.

Re-Tree, a program of the Buffalo Green Fund, will plant the milestone tree at Canalside in a ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on April 26. The oak tree will be planted in honor of Mark Czarnecki, the M&T president and chief operating officer who died of cancer in 2017. A plaque will note the tree's significance.

The idea of dedicating the tree in memory of Czarnecki came from Warren Colville, president and publisher of The Buffalo News. The newspaper is a longtime supporter of the Re-Tree program.

Re-Tree set a goal of planting 30,000 trees – by volunteers – after the devastation caused by the October storm of 2006.

Each tree planted by volunteers has been matched by municipalities, so nearly 60,000 trees lost in the storm’s wake will be replaced when the group’s goal is reached.

The group’s work will continue after April 26 because the 30,000 trees will need to be cared for to survive and properly thrive.

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