- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A group that came together after a surprise autumn snowstorm killed thousands of Buffalo’s trees is nearing its goal of replacing them.

It’s been eight years since the so-called “arborgeddon” of October 2006, when two feet of snow fell, crushing trees that had yet to lose their leaves. Nearly 60,000 trees were damaged or destroyed in and around Buffalo.

Re-Tree Western New York Chairman Paul Maurer says the group is making a final fundraising push to complete its goal of planting 30,000 trees. So far, the group has raised $1.4 million and planted more than 26,000 trees. Municipalities have added thousands more.

In this final effort, donations of $50 to Re-Tree are being matched by Buffalo News Publisher-emeritus Stanford Lipsey, National Grid, and the Buffalo Green Fund.

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