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State Grant Provides Funds to Remove & Re-plant Trees in the Olmsted Park System

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37 dead Ash trees to be removed throughout the Olmsted Parks

PR Contact: Sarah Larkin, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Sarah@bfloparks.org | 716.861.0716

WHO: Greg Robinson, Director of Park Administration, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Ross Hassinger, City Forester, City of Buffalo

WHAT: A NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry grant funded a $75,000 project to remove large dead Ash trees throughout the Buffalo Olmsted Park System. The removal project is part of the Conservancy’s Ash Management Program against the Emerald Ash Borer which includes treatment of specimen Ash trees, removal of dead Ash trees, and replanting new trees of diverse species. AJ’s Tree Service, Inc. has been contracted for the removal of 37 Ash trees in the Olmsted Parks. As a matching component of the grant, the City of Buffalo will be planting street trees with a value $18,750.  

 WHERE: Prospect Park, Intersection of Niagara St. at Porter Ave., located by the Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Branch Library 

WHEN: Monday, November 4, 2019, 10:00am, Rain or shine

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 About the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation, through a unique public-private partnership, to manage and operate an entire urban park system consisting of more than 850 acres of beautifully designed historic parks, parkways and circles. The Conservancy is an independent not-for-profit, community organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, restore, enhance, and maintain the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks and parkways in the Greater Buffalo area for current and future generations.  Since 2004 the Conservancy has held responsibility for the management and care of these nationally registered historic green spaces, and in 2019 the Conservancy and City signed a new 12-year partnership agreement with an approved update to its five-year plan for the Olmsted parks in continuing to assist the City in bringing recognition to its collective renaissance. Designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted more than 150 years ago, these 25 iconic connective spaces represent the nation’s first urban park system. More than 2.5 million visits occur in Buffalo’s Olmsted Park system annually for recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation. Most recently, the American Planning Association recognized Delaware Park as one of the 2014 Great Places in America, The Guardian publication named Buffalo’s Olmsted park system as one of the best park systems in the world, and in 2018 the Conservancy set a Guinness World Record in historic Bidwell Parkway. www.bfloparks.org

 The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes:

Six parks: Cazenovia, Delaware, Front, Martin Luther King, Jr., Riverside, and South parks

Seven parkways: Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln, McKinley, Porter, Red Jacket, and Richmond

Eight landscaped traffic circles: Agassiz, Colonial, Ferry, Gates, McClellan, McKinley, Soldiers, and Symphony

 About DEC

Mission: “To conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.”

DEC’s goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.