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For Release: Friday, May 18, 2012

Volunteers Needed for the Hudson River Estuary "Trees for Tribs" Spring Stream Buffer Plantings

From May to June, environmental organizations, scout troops, municipalities, watershed groups, schools, farms, land conservancies, state agencies and private residents will participate and volunteer in "Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs" projects at several different project sites throughout the Hudson River Valley, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today.

Volunteers will plant more than 3,000 native trees and shrubs along more than 8,000 ft. of tributaries (streams and rivers) in the Hudson Valley. "The Hudson Valley Catskill region continues to work together to overcome the devastation of last summer's tropical storms," said DEC Regional Director Willie Janeway. "Replanting vegetation will help stabilize shorelines and diminish the impacts of flood events. I applaud the hard work and dedication of all who are so generously committing their time to plant these important trees."

Stream (riparian) buffers are an important aspect of maintaining healthy streams and protecting water quality. These buffers, composed of trees, shrubs and grasses, help to reduce pollution entering waterways by slowing down and filtering stormwater runoff. Buffers also help to reduce flooding and erosion by stabilizing streambanks and absorbing high-velocity flows. In addition, they serve an important role for wildlife as a shoreline transition zone and travel corridor, while increasing overall biodiversity and improving in-stream health. Volunteer projects raise community awareness of the importance of riparian buffer restoration.

The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs project is conducted through the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program in collaboration with the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University. The DEC's Saratoga Tree Nursery is a key partner in this initiative, providing more than 4000 seedlings for this year's program.

In 2012, the Lands and Forests' Trees for Tribs statewide initiative enabled additional plant material to be provided by the Restoration Tree Trust and Treecycler. Treecycler uses social media and sponsorships to raise funds for tree seedling purchases on behalf of reforestation programs around the world. The Restoration Tree Trust is a non-profit initiative that aims to foster urban and rural reforestation collaboratively with government agencies, organizations, educational institutions and the private sector.

More information about the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs program is available on the DEC website.

The following list includes 12 of the larger planting projects scheduled for this spring. For additional information on volunteering, other planting projects, and applying to the "Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs" program please contact: Beth Roessler, Hudson River Estuary Program's Stream Buffer Coordinator , ph: 845.256.225; or by E-mail at:

Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs Participants, Spring 2012
Project Site Date Partner Organizations Hudson River Tributary
Town Hall, Taghkanic May 19 Town of Taghkanic,
Greater Stockport Creek Watershed Alliance
Taghkanic Creek
Weir's Ice Cream, Blooming Grove May 20 Boy Scout Troops 416 and 16, Venture Crew 716,
Washingtonville Varsity Swim Team, Weir's Ice Cream
Moodna Creek
Anthony D's Restaurant, Sparkill May 26 Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance Sparkill Creek
Brettview Park, East Fishkill Jun 2
Jun 3
Boyscouts of America, Town of East Fishkill Sprout Creek
(tentative) Middletown Elementary,
TBD Middletown School District, Town of Wallkill Commission for Conservation of the Environment,
and Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District
Monhagen Brook

The Hudson River Estuary Program is a project of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

Helping people enjoy, protect and revitalize the Hudson River and its Valley

For more information on the Hudson River Estuary Program please visit the DEC website.

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