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Trees for Tribs

A Program of the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery

treed buffer along a river
Example of treed buffer along a river

Since 2007, New York State's Trees for Tribs Program has been working to reforest New York's tributaries. Tributaries are small creeks and streams which flow into and feed larger rivers and lakes. The goal of the program is to plant young trees and shrubs along stream corridors, also known as riparian areas, in order to prevent erosion, increase flood water retention, improve wildlife and stream habitat, and protect water quality. Trees for Tribs has engaged more than 8,700 volunteers in planting more than 101,400 trees and shrubs at 600+ sites across New York State.

Buffer in a Bag

Through the Buffer in a Bag initiative, NYS DEC's Trees for Tribs Program and the Saratoga Tree Nursery provide landowners with a free bag of bare-root trees and shrubs to enhance a streamside area on their property. Each Buffer in a Bag kit contains a variety of native trees and shrubs chosen specifically to improve streamside areas in New York to support wildlife and water quality. Learn more about Buffer in a Bag here.

Support Tree Planting

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If you are not able to plant trees, you can still take part in reforesting our streams and forests by donating to support tree plantings across New York State for the future of our natural resources. Simply click the Donate to Help Plant Trees button to the right (leaves DEC's website) to make your donation today.

Trees for Tribs Events

Saturday, October 26th - 9AM - Saw Kill Tributary in Woodstock
Trees for Tribs is teaming up with the Woodstock Land Conservancy to plant 200 native shrubs along a Saw Kill tributary at Zena Cornfield in Woodstock. If you are interested in volunteering for the event or would like more event details, please email Jillian Eggers.

Statewide Riparian Opportunity Assessment

The goal of the Statewide Riparian Opportunity Assessment (link leaves DEC website) is to support the identification and prioritization of riparian sites for restoration or protection, in support of Trees for Tribs to improve wildlife habitat, water quality, climate resiliency, and to provide flood protection during storm events. The assessment products can also be used for related conservation work, including: conserving and restoring native fish and wildlife biodiversity and habitats, improving water quality, and enhancing community resiliency and ecosystem integrity. These data have been combined into a suite of tools that conservation practitioners, watershed stakeholders, and others can use to inform their decisions about where to perform riparian restoration and protection work in their region.

The webpage for the assessment, linked above, includes recorded webinar about the assessment, and how to get started using it. Site-specific knowledge is imperative and field validation is a necessary step before actual implementation of conservation actions by those who use these tools.

Grant Program

Learn more about the Trees for Tribs Grant Program for organizations or municipalities interested in conducting large-scale streamside planting projects in New York State.

Links to Local Trees for Tribs Programs

Useful Resources

Trees for Tribs Documents

Related Information

New York Riparian Buffer Supporters


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