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Watch the Forest Grow Initiative

photo monitoring sign found at recovery sites
Photo monitoring sign with
instructions at recovery sites

DEC’s Watch the Forest Grow Initiative is a tool used to demonstrate site recovery at streamside planting and timber management areas. Native trees and shrubs are planted at these sites to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and storm resilience.

We encourage you to visit designated locations, take photos at the marked area, and submit them to DEC staff. Photos will be placed in chronological order on this website.

How to Get Involved

It’s easy to participate in this project! Visit one of the locations listed below and follow the instructions on the location's photo monitoring sign to submit your photos.

Photos can be taken with any camera device by aligning it with the bracket found on each photo monitoring sign. Photos should be emailed to the email address listed on the site's sign and include the date, time and location number listed in the email subject line.

Site Locations

Millbrook School (#1271DU) - Dutchess County
(41.782583, -73.688278) - View in Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

site at Millbrook school on original planting day
Site at Millbrook school a few months after planting day with some grasses growing in
Site at Millbrook School two years after planting day with small trees growing

Photos, left to right: Planting day Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Summer 2018

Honeoye Inlet Wildlife Management Area (#5129) - Ontario County
(42.681551, -77.491641) - View in Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

site at honeoye wildlife management area in summer 2017
site at honeoye wildlife management area in fall 2017
site at honeoye wildlife management area in summer 2018
site at honeoye wildlife management area in summer 2019

Photos, left to right: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019