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All interested in assisting in a tree planting are welcome to join an effort to “return the forest to Forest Lawn.”

Seven years after Buffalo’s October Surprise snowstorm, areas such as the 269 acres of Forest Lawn still have not recovered from the loss of trees destroyed in that storm.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has donated 250 bare-root deciduous hardwood trees; Re-Tree WNY added additional stock for volunteers to plant 300 trees around Forest Lawn.

The Landscape Renewal Plan program goes from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1 and 2, starting at the Forest Lawn chapel. Enter either at Delaware Avenue or Main Street and follow the signs. Volunteers need no planting experience to help out; youths under age 16 can assist accompanied by an adult.

To date, Re-Tree WNY has planted nearly 25,000 trees in 18 municipalities that suffered tree damage during the 2006 storm.

For a working head count, pre-registration is requested. To join either or both days in this tree-planting effort, call Catherine Meyer at 885-1606 (ext. 242) or go to forest-lawn.com. For more details on Re-Tree WNY programs, go to re-treewny.org.

Bird seasons

Junior hunters enjoyed the seventh annual Pheasant Youth Hunt in local areas. The season opens in all parts of Western New York on Saturday.

Along the modest populations of wild-born pheasants, the Department of Environmental Conservation has established several release sites around the state where hunters have access to hunting areas. To locate nearby sites, go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9349.

Fall turkey season also opens at sunrise on Saturday, with hunting open daily until sunset and a bag limit of one bearded bird. Season endings differ in western areas. The northerly portion ends Nov. 1; southern areas go to Nov. 15. Check the current “Hunting and Trapping Guide” (page 48) for the two different open areas.

A half hour before sunrise on Oct. 26 marks the start of waterfowl season for both ducks and geese in the Western Zone. Water levels at marshland areas have been good, with good brooding and feeding conditions for young and adult waterfowl populations.

If the government shutdown continues, only private and state waterfowl-hunting areas will be open to hunters when seasons open. Look for a detailed review on this page next Sunday.

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