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Trees for Tribs

A Program of the State Tree Nursery at Saratoga

treed buffer along a river
Example of treed buffer along a river

Since 2007, New York State's Trees for Tribs Program has been working to reforest New York's tributaries, or small creeks and streams, which flow into and feed larger rivers and lakes. The goal of the program is to plant young trees and shrubs along stream corridors, also known as riparian areas, in order to prevent erosion, increase flood water retention, improve wildlife and stream habitat, as well as protect water quality. Trees for Tribs has engaged more than 8,751 volunteers in planting more than 101,416 trees and shrubs at 614 sites across New York State.

Trees for Tribs provides landowners, municipalities, and conservation organizations with low-cost or no-cost native plants and free technical assistance. Native bareroot trees and shrubs are provided by the Saratoga State Tree Nursery, which has specialized in reforesting New York State since 1911. Trees for Tribs focuses on comprehensive watershed restoration designed to protect "green infrastructure," and serves as the first line of defense against storm and flooding events, protecting property, water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat. In addition to planting trees, the program also promotes best management practices for communities and encourages new programs, policies and investments in tributary protection.

How to Get Involved

Volunteers planting tree seedlings
click to donate to help plant trees

If you are not able to plant trees, you can still take part in reforesting our streams and forests by donating to support tree plantings across New York State for the future of our natural resources. Simply click the Donate to Help Plant Trees button to make your donation today.

Trees for Tribs 2018 Events

Sunday, September 23 (10 AM - Noon) - Wallkill River, Town of Montgomery, Orange County, NY

The Town of Montgomery Conservation Advisory Council is teaming up with Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs to plant 100 native trees along the Wallkill River at Benedict Farm Park. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patricia Henighan at patriciahenighan@frontier.com.

Sunday, October 7 (10 AM - 1 PM) Dwaar Kill, Town of Shawangunk, Ulster County, NY

The Hoot Owl Restaurant and local volunteers are teaming up with Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs to plant 100 native trees along the Dwaar Kill. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Hoot Owl Restaurant at hootowlrestaurant@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 13 (10 AM - Noon) - Plattekill Creek, Town of Saugerties, Ulster County, NY

Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs is teaming up with local volunteers in Saugerties to plant 100 native trees along the Plattekill Creek. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tana Bigelow at tanabigelow@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 27 (10 AM - 1 PM) - Esopus Creek, Town of Ulster, Ulster County, NY

The Kingston Land Trust is teaming up with Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs to plant 70 plants along the Esopus Creek. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Greg Shaheen at greg@ingstonlandtrust.org.

Statewide Riparian Opportunity Assessment

The goal of the Statewide Riparian Opportunity Assessment (link leaves the DEC website) is to support the identification and prioritization of riparian sites for restoration or protection, in support of Trees for Tribs to improve wildlife habitat, water quality, climate resiliency, and to provide flood protection during storm events. The assessment products can also be used for related conservation work, including: conserving and restoring native fish and wildlife biodiversity and habitats, improving water quality, and enhancing community resiliency and ecosystem integrity. The results have been packaged into a suite of tools that conservation practitioners, watershed stakeholders, and others can use to inform their decisions about where to perform riparian restoration and protection work in their region. The webpage for the assessment, linked above, includes recorded webinar about the assessment, and how to get started using it. Site-specific knowledge is imperative and field validation is a necessary step before actual implementation of conservation actions by those who use these tools.

tree seedlings in a bed at the State Nursery

Species Available

Native tree and shrub species are supplied at no or low cost from DEC's State Tree Nursery in Saratoga. Species planting will be determined on a project by project basis depending on existing conditions. Additional species/plants are available for purchase at the State Nursery's web page. Bareroot tree seedlings are used in the spring. Containerized plugs are typically used for fall plantings.

Where is Trees for Tribs offered?

Please see our Grant Webpage for more information.

Links to Local Trees for Tribs Programs

Useful Resources

Trees for Tribs Documents

Related Information

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