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Lake Champlain Basin Trees for Tribs

A Program of the State Tree Nursery at Saratoga

Applications (PDF) (79 KB) are currently being accepted for Spring 2014 planting sites in the Lake Champlain Watershed, which includes major portions of Warren, Washington, Essex, Franklin and Clinton counties (see watershed boundaries map). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Trees for Tribs logo and signs

In October 2011, DEC kicked off its initiative to restore and protect streamside forests in the Lake Champlain Watershed with a press event and community tree planting along public and private river and stream corridors in the Ausable River Valley. The trees, provided by the State Tree Nursery at Saratoga and planted by volunteers, will shore up eroded stream banks, protect property from flood damage and improve wildlife habitat. Student Volunteers teamed up with Towns of Keene and Jay, The Nature Conservancy, DEC Region 5 and Albany staff, NYCS and local officials to plant over 400 trees.

Lake Champlain Basin Logo

Lake Champlain Basin "Trees for Tribs" is supported through a grant from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative. Please see "Links leaving DEC's website in the right column. The Basin is one of 3 landscapes in the country selected for an AGO pilot project, receiving $1.3 million dollars in funding for conservation projects in New York and Vermont portions of the watershed.

About America's Great Outdoors Initiative

streamside plantings will prevent erosion and protect water quality

The Obama Administration released a report on October 12, 2011, outlining the initiative's combined conservation and recreation successes, including gains in youth employment, new trail designations, the creation of urban campgrounds, and historic investments in large landscapes from Lake Champlain to the Florida Everglades. The report details how AGO aims to open up access to lands and waters, restore critical landscapes, and support thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.

For more information or questions, contact:

Trees for Tribs
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway - 5th Fl,
Albany NY 12233-4253
(518) 402-9425
Email Trees for Tribs

Lake Champlain Trees for Tribs Spring 2012

group of awesome volunteers

Volunteers planted over 6,000 native trees and shrubs along more than 14,000 feet of tributaries (streams and rivers).

Partners and Participants:

  • Au Sable River Association
  • Bouquet River Association
  • Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of NY (CWICNY)
  • Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Fujitsu Frontech, North America, Inc.
  • Gordon College
  • Town of Jay
  • Town of Keene
  • Town of Beekmantown
  • Assembly Point Water Quality Committee

Planting at Beekmantown Recreation Park and Heritage Trail

young volunteer with shrub she planted

The Beekmantown Heritage Trail was originally established by a local Eagle Scout and features memorials for each US war. Following along Rea Brook, a tributary of Lake Champlain, the trail is a daily pedestrian way for Beekmantown High School students and is also the site of annual war re-enactments and memorial walks. Feet of the bank and trail treadwidth have been lost erosion from severe flooding over that last couple of years. Volunteers from Plattsburgh-based company Fujitsu Frontech North America donated their time to plant about 1,000 seedlings to help shore up the banks at Beekmantown Recreation Park and Heritage Trail.

volunteers planting along a stream bank