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Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs

Replanting the Streams of the Hudson Valley

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Three Trees for Tribs volunteers planting a tree along a stream
Volunteers planting a tree at a Trees for Tribs site

The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program helps to protect and restore streamside buffers. Healthy buffers, comprised of native trees, shrubs, and grasses, help to:

  • Reduce water pollution
  • Reduce erosion and flooding damage
  • Provide habitat for fish and other wildlife

How Does the Program Work?

Trees for Tribs offers free native trees and shrubs for qualifying planting projects in the Hudson River estuary watershed (PDF). Program staff may also be able to assist with plant selection, designing a planting plan, and other technical assistance to help your project succeed.
Note: If your project is outside of the Hudson Valley, please visit New York State's Trees for Tribs Program. Also check out Buffer in A Bag to apply for a free bag of 25 bare-root tree and shrub seedlings.

How Do I Apply?

If you own or manage property near a stream in the Hudson estuary watershed (PDF), you can apply for assistance from Trees for Tribs. To apply, complete and submit an application. If your project is selected, you will be responsible for preparing, planting and maintaining the site. We encourage applicants to recruit local volunteers to help with planting and maintenance.

The application deadlines are March 1 for a planting in spring, and August 1 for planting in the fall. We recommend that you to apply before the application deadline, especially if you have a large site or you want to request specific plant species.

View the Planting Project Overview (PDF)for more details.

Download the Hudson Estuary Trees For Tribs Application (PDF).


Trees for Tribs relies on volunteers to help with planting projects, which take place throughout the spring and fall. The applicant for each site recruits volunteers to help staff with planting. To find out more about planting young trees and shrubs, please see the Guide to Planting Your Trees and Shrubs (PDF, 8 MB).

Plant Care

Some planted sites also need maintenance. View our Maintenance Guide (PDF, 8 MB). This work generally requires a longer commitment from volunteers (often multiple workdays) and the ability to work independently without help from Trees for Tribs staff. If you are interested in this work, please e-mail with details about when you are available and where you are willing to travel. We will do our best to match you up with a local site.