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Re-Tree WNY has set a deadline of Aug. 30 for area block clubs and other neighborhood groups to place orders for spring tree planting.

The Re-Tree WNY program was established to restore tree growth in the Buffalo metro area after damage caused by the horrendous ice storm of Oct. 12 and 13 in 2006. To date, this program has planted 24,991 trees in an effort to reach a goal of 30,000 plantings.

Also, plantings will take place this fall at Daemen College, Forest Lawn Cemetery and Old First Ward in October and early November. To help in these and other planting efforts, call coordinator Paul D. Maurer at 553-4061 or email him at pauldavidmaurer@gmail.com.

To learn more about the program or order trees, go to re-treewny.org and click on the “Calendar” section.

Youth hunts

The New York State Conservation Police in Regions 8 and 9 will hold youth hunts for waterfowl and pheasants in October.

The Youth Waterfowl Hunt begins with a mandatory Waterfowl ID and Safety Course at Wyoming County Rod & Gun Club in Java Oct. 5 and a guided hunt at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area on Oct. 12.

The Youth Pheasant Hunt begins at 7 a.m. on Oct. 13 at Pheasants on the Flats in Batavia, with a hunting safety course presented prior to the outing.

Youths participating must be under age 16 when attending the hunts. For details and registration information, call ECO Scott Marshall at 537-2464.

Waterfowl hunt lottery

Applications must be in by Sept. 15 to hunt waterfowl at the Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas on the opening day, first Saturday and Sunday of the coming duck season.

For details, check with Heidi Kennedy at (585) 948-5182.

email: odrswill@gmail.com