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Benedict Farm Stream Buffer Restoration


Streamside buffer at Benedict Farm in Orange CountyThis streamside buffer restoration is an example of green infrastructure at a town park. The streamside buffer was constructed to conserve the area adjacent to the stream, also known as the riparian area. When functioning properly streamside buffers serve as a vegetated protective area between a body of water and human activity. A healthy vegetated buffer helps improve in-stream health and water quality by filtering and slowing pollution run-off, preventing soil erosion, providing upland habitat, contributing essential nutrients for the food chain, providing woody debris for in-stream habitat, and shading the stream to keep water temperatures down. Buffers also help absorb flood waters to protect human life and property.

Site Location

  • Site Address: 1675 State Route 17K Montgomery, NY 12549
  • Town: Montgomery
  • County: Orange
  • Land Use of Site: Park/Farm
  • Can Site be visited?: Yes
  • Location on Site: Along both sides of the Muddy Kill River.

Practice Information Details

  • Intent of Design: Re-plant stream buffer
  • Year of Installation: 2007 and 2008
  • Plant Material Used: Acer rubrum, Acer saccharinum, Betula nigra, Nyssa sylvatica, Quercus bicolor, Quercus palustris, Quercus macrocarpa, Cornus amomum, Cornus sericea, Platanus occidentalis, Populus deltoides, Pinus strobus, Salix nigra, Cephalanthus occidentalis, Viburnum lentago, Salix discolor, Salix exigua, Salix humilis, Carpinus caroliniana, Juglans nigra, Liriodendron tulipifera, Sambus canadensis, Cornus sericea.
  • Annual Operational and Maintenance Required: Monitor tree tubes in spring and late summer.
  • Zoning Change or Special Permit: None

Design Construction and Maintenance Information

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Please visit the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs program page for more informaiton.