Earth Day effort in Ellicott Creek Park

Entercom staff rolls up sleeves for 1Thing effort

Tim Wenger
April 22, 2019 - 9:06 pm

Tonawanda, N.Y. (WBEN) - Efforts to make a difference were readily visible across Buffalo and Western New York on Earth Day Monday.  The Entercom Radio staff, parent company of WBEN, was out in force in Ellicott Creek Park planting dozens of trees to replace the aging tree population in the popular park.

Dozens of Enterom workers put down their smartphones and computers for the day, rolled up their sleeves, and joined Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper in a tree planting effort in the park.

"They planted a lot of these trees back in the 1930's", said Star 102.5 morning personality Rob Lucas.  Many of the trees have reached maturity, are diseased, and need to be replaced by new trees to provide the canopy of green at the park. 

Chris Murawski with Waterkeeper tells WBEN it's important to introduce some "diversity of age and diversity in species" in the park's tree population to ensure future mature tree presence.  On a larger scale, says Murawski, "trees protect our environment by reducing air pollution, taking toxins out of the air, reducing storm water pollution and also providing food and habitat for our native wildlife".

Entercom Green Team Coordinator Lisa Brocato spearheaded the tree planting effort and says the staff showed up in force for the effort and says, "the best time to plant a tree was fifty years ago, and the next best time is today". 

The Entercom 1Thing initiative follows the mantra: "We believe in the power of 1THING. If everyone would do one thing to improve the environment every day, our world would be a better place to live in for generations to come."

So, what's YOUR 1Thing?

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