Saturday, June 8, 2024

Conservation District tree sales help to clean climate

LAKE PLEASANT – Planting trees could very well be our planet’s quintessential conservation practice.  After all, trees produce oxygen, absorb pollution, prevent soil erosion, provide homes for wildlife, and help people find calm among the chaos of everyday life.  All across New York, county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) held tree sales that clean the climate, green local neighborhoods, and spruce up communities.

The Dacre family on their way home with their seedling packs to plant.

Conservation Districts are the go-to organizations to help achieve New York State’s Climate Act goals, including planting 25 million trees by 2033.  In 2023 alone, their tree sales resulted in planting 489,488 seedlings statewide.  Plantings will leaf out and protect the environment.

Senior District Technician Lenny Croote double checks tree sale orders.

“Our farmers have long been at the forefront of meaningful, sustainable efforts to preserve our natural resources and combat the effects of climate change, and they also know a thing or two about planting!,” said Richard A. Ball, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.  “We were proud to be a part of this effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are grateful to our partnerships with Conservation Districts across the state who are consistently working to help achieve New York State’s nation-leading climate goals.”

The Hamilton County SWCD team packed orders for the April 27th sale with a whole lot of TLC.  First, they dipped roots in a gel to lock in moisture.  Then, they wrapped roots in newspaper, and bagged and tagged plant bundles.  Their Tree and Shrub Sale only offers plants that are native to the Adirondacks, and all species are non-invasive.

Beyond planting trees, SWCDs are the boots on the ground for climate resiliency, flood mitigation, Agricultural Environmental Management, water quality protection, and erosion prevention.  Their expert staff hold certifications to ensure the services they provide and projects they install are science backed, legitimate, and implemented with competency.  From culvert projects to invasive species management, and from water quality monitoring to education, SWCDs do it all.

Orders are ready for pick up at the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Adirondack Tree and Shrub Sale.

“It may sound cliché, but it’s true: an investment in our environment is an investment in our future,” said Bethany Bzduch, Executive Director, New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee (SWCC).  “We at the SWCC know that there’s nothing more important than environmental management, and we’re working hard to find new ways to safeguard our natural resources and give back to the land that sustains us. The impact that planting 25 million new trees will have on this work, and on our state as a whole, is monumental.”

This year, the Hamilton County SWCD’s Adirondack Tree and Shrub Sale resulted in local landowners planting 173 non-invasive seedlings.

The District has been working to manage and promote the wise use of natural resources in Hamilton County since 1965.  For more information, go to hamcoswcd.org or call 518-548-3991.

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Caitlin Stewart manages the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. The District's mission is to manage and promote the wise use of Natural Resources in Hamilton County. Caitlin will be sharing the District's conservation-focused services, programs, and events. She’s been a full time resident of Hamilton County since 2008 and is an avid hiker, skier, paddler, and biker. She is obsessed with adventuring with her dog Artemis.




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