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Watch the Forest Grow Initiative

Help Us Watch the Forest Grow!

DEC's Watch the Forest Grow Initiative is a tool used to monitor sites. Photos will be taken by the public at our designated signs, submitted to DEC staff, where they will be placed in chronological order on this website, so DEC staff and the public can watch the forest grown overtime.

You can help by visiting one of our photo monitoring stations, taking a photo and submitting it to us for this initiative. Photos can be taken with any camera device by aligning with the bracket found on each photo monitoring sign. Photos can be emailed to with the date, time and location number listed in the email subject line.

Trees for Tribs Project

The Honeoye Inlet
Site #5129. Honeoye Inlet Wildlife Management Area

It's easy to participate in this project. Simply see the sites listed below that have a photo monitoring sign, visit the site and follow the instructions on the sign to submit your photos. More photos make our monitoring more accurate. Trees for Tribs would like to thank all project partners who helped to make this project possible!

DEC and project partners plant native trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and storm resilience. Your photos help us show these forests growing over time.

As we receive photos, we will combine them for each site to show how these forests grow and change over time. This page will be continually updated over time. Come back often to watch the forest grow.

The following photos show how the Bayard Elsbree Site (#1207AL) in the Hudson River Estuary has progressed.

trees for tribs site ready for plantingtrees for tribs site just after plantingtrees for tribs site a year after planting Trees for Tribs Site some time after a year

How to Take Photos at Monitoring Locations

  1. There will be signage and a bracket on a post.
  2. Align camera/phone with the bracket on the post.
  3. Take a photo.
  4. Email your photo, with the date, time and location number from the sign to:

Future Projects

Photos of various tree plantings will be featured on this website, so you can watch the forest grow over time. Check back to discover new initiatives we need your help with and to view your submitted photos.