The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the opening of the application period for the Trees for Tribs’ Buffer in a Bag Program. Private and public landowners who qualify may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.
“The goal of the Buffer in a Bag program is to increase forested riparian buffers across the state by encouraging landowners to undertake small-scale plantings. Streamside plantings help decrease erosion, slow floodwaters, and protect fish and wildlife habitat,” explains DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Every landowner participating in this program is bolstering DEC’s efforts and our partners’ work to protect water quality and safeguard our communities from flooding.”
To qualify, landowners must have property in New York State with at least 50 feet that borders a stream, river, or lake, and provide photos or a map of the planting location. Visit DEC’s website for more information about the Buffer in a Bag application process and requirements.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, and visit the Trees for Tribs Program to learn more.