Walter Holds Tree Dedication Ceremony
Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) and Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village Executive Director Herbert Schmidt III plant one of two trees dedicated during Saturday’s ceremony in Amherst.
Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) took part in a special ceremony on Saturday, September 23, dedicating two trees that will now reside at the historic Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village. The white pine and white oak trees were given to Walter by the captain of the canal schooner Louis McClure during its legacy tour celebrating the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, and represent the two species of tree that have provided the Northeast United States’ principal boatbuilding wood for centuries.
“It was a privilege to join my friends at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village to celebrate the dedication of these two trees last Saturday,” said Walter. “Given to me during the canal schooner Louis McClure’s Legacy Tour, the white pine and white oak that we planted during this ceremony represent not only the history of the Erie Canal, but the relationship between our waterways, trees, canal boats and forests. I can think of no better place for this tribute than the historic Heritage Village, where these trees will grow and thrive for generations to come.”