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Leaflets Issue #4, February 2012

In This Issue:

State Nursery Seedling Sale Underway

balsam fir seedling

The NYS Tree Nursery offers more than 50 different trees and shrubs for your needs: stream buffers, hedges, windbreaks, food and habitat for wildlife, attracting pollinators, Christmas trees and more. Bare root seedlings are lightweight and easy to plant. Storms in 2011 destroyed many streambanks. Healthy planted streambanks and floodplains slow the force of floodwaters and reduce erosion, protecting our loved ones and property. The sale runs through mid May. Learn more about seedlings for sale.

Also visit the State Tree Nursery on Facebook!

School Seedling Program

Schools can receive FREE seedlings from the State Tree Nursery. Planting and caring for seedling trees can help young people learn about the natural world and the value of trees in it. Learn more about the School Seedling Program which provides 50 tree seedlings or a mixed packet of 30 wildlife shrubs to any public or private school that would like to participate.

Trees for Tribs Accepting Applications

boys planting shrub seedlings for a riparian buffer

The newly established Lake Champlain "Trees for Tribs" Initiative, a program of the State Tree Nursery, offers free native trees and shrubs for streamside buffer planting/restoration projects in the Lake Champlain Basin. Supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, this program is modeled after the successful Hudson River Estuary Program "Trees for Tribs", which since 2007 has been responsible for planting more than 24,000 native trees and shrubs along 60,000 feet of stream with the help of thousands of local volunteers.

Applications received by March 15, 2012 will be given preference. The Champlain Basin extends from Northern Washington County to the Canadian Border, including major portions of Warren, Essex, Franklin and Clinton counties. For further information about the program including a project application, please visit the DEC website or contact the Champlain Basin Trees for Tribs Coordinator, Rebecca Moore via email or call 518-402-9425.

Tree City, Tree Campus and Tree Line USA Recognition Luncheon

Tree City USA flag

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza in Albany.

Tree City, Tree Campus & Tree Line USA programs are sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the US Forest Service and NYS DEC. These programs provide healthier communities and public attention and national recognition for community forestry programs.
Tree Board members, government officials, foresters, landscape architects, arborists, public works, parks and others are all invited to attend. This will be an opportunity for all to further their urban forestry education and to also network with peers. Contact DEC for more information.

Arbor Day

tree planting on Arbor Day

Officially, Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. But Arbor Day can and should be every day. After all, we benefit from trees every day. The last Friday in January could be Oxygen or Clean Air Day. The last Friday in February could be Clean Water Day. The last Friday in March could be Places for Wildlife to Live Day...and so on. One day in April was chosen to remember and celebrate how important trees are in our lives and encourages tree planting. If we planted one tree for each person in our families, New York State would have an additional 19 million trees - every year!

New State Forest

New York State recently acquired nearly 600 acres of public land creating the Black Creek State Forest in the town of Esopus, Ulster County. This land adjoins the rustic retreat of noted naturalist John Burroughs and will become part of a network of public and private conservation lands surrounding the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary along Black Creek, an important tributary of the Hudson River. The Black Creek State Forest will be managed to protect and enhance public recreation, forest conservation, fish and wildlife habitat and water quality. The network of public and private conservation lands surrounding these properties extends along Black Creek from its mouth on the Hudson River to Chodikee Lake, a popular fishing destination. Read the full press release.

Accessible Recreation Destination Maps

sample map

In a few months, the weather will be warming and the outdoor recreationist in us all will be making big plans for summer fun. Do your research now, using recently updated information on DEC's accessible recreation opportunities. DEC's facilities make it possible for people with disabilities, stroller-rollin moms and dads, elders, and their friends and families to access DEC-administered forests, waterway access points, education centers and campgrounds. DEC's clickable maps and Google Earth data will help you navigate the list of sites, or you can browse by county. Once you find your favorite destinations, contact DEC's Access Coordinators for up-to-date advice based on current conditions.

Social Networking for Community Trees

American Grove (also referred to as The Grove) is a social network for sharing tree-planting experiences and knowledge that will encourage others to create thriving community forests. Members can upload pictures, videos and captions of their tree planting experiences, discuss tree-related issues and get updates on local planting events. Members in New York who want to discuss forestry issues affecting their local communities online can join the New York Grove group. (See Join American Grove in the right column of this web page.) Parents can find information to help them raise environmentally conscious children. From highlighting the benefits of planting trees locally to discussing grief by planting a tree in memory of a relative or pet.