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Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs

Replanting the Streams of the Hudson Valley

Three Trees for Tribs volunteers planting a tree along a stream
Volunteers planting a tree at a Trees for Tribs site

Riparian (streamside) buffers are essential for maintaining healthy streams and their conservation is a critical element of any holistic watershed program.

The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program helps to protect and restore streamside buffers. Healthy buffers, comprised of native trees, shrubs, and grasses, help to:

  • Reduce water pollution
  • Reduce erosion and flooding damage
  • Provide habitat for fish and other wildlife

How Does the Program Work?

Trees for Tribs offers free native trees and shrubs for qualifying planting projects in the Hudson River estuary watershed. Program staff may also be able to assist with plan selection, designing a planting plan, and other technical assistance to help your project succeed.

How Do I Apply?

If you own or manage property near a stream in the Hudson estuary watershed, you can apply for assistance from Trees for Tribs. Applicants must complete an application and if the project is selected, recruit volunteers for planting and maintain the site after the planting is complete.

Please read the Planting Project Overview (PDF, 61KB) for more details

Download the Hudson Estuary Trees For Tribs Application (PDF, 33KB)

Volunteer for Spring Opportunities--Locations and Dates

For more information about the "Trees for Tribs" program please contact:

Beth Roessler
Hudson River Estuary Program's Stream Buffer Coordinator
21 South Putt Corners Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561
phone (845) 256-2253