The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the statewide Trees for Tribs “Buffer in a Bag” application period is now open.
The Buffer in a Bag initiative is designed to increase riparian buffers statewide by engaging landowners in small-scale plantings. Qualifying private and public landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.
To qualify, landowners must have property in New York State with at least 50 feet that borders a stream, river, or lake, and provide photos and map coordinates of the planting location. Applicants are eligible for one bag of 25 seedlings and recipients will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Previous recipients are encouraged to reapply to continue to build their riparian buffer. A total of 500 bags will be available statewide for this round of applications.
Trees for Tribs is a program of the Saratoga Tree Nursery and is supported by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).
Visit DEC’s website for more information about the Buffer in a Bag application process and requirements. Applications are due by 3 pm on April 10, 2020. General questions about Buffer in a Bag may be directed to [email protected] To learn more about the Trees for Tribs Program and its tree planting activities, visit DEC’s website.
Photo of treed buffer along a river provided by DEC.