New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that their Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program is accepting applications for spring stream-side planting projects. Anyone that owns or manages property near a stream in the Hudson River Estuary watershed is eligible to apply for free native trees and shrubs.
If a project is selected, the applicant must recruit volunteers for planting and maintain the site after the planting is complete. With certain projects, DEC staff may assist with plant selection, planting plan, site preparation, and other assistance to help projects succeed. The Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery provides the plants, which are native, New York seed-sourced riparian species, ideal for flood and erosion prone areas.
A list of Trees for Tribs Programs in other New York watersheds is available on the DEC website.
The application deadline is March 1. Early applications are encouraged, particularly for large sites (more than 60 plants) or when requesting specific plant species.
Now celebrating its 13th year, 7,300 Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs volunteers have planted more than 57,000 shrubs and trees at 365 sites spanning over 25 miles of streams.
Photo of Volunteers planting a tree at a Trees for Tribs site provided.