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Riparian Buffers (Streamside) and Floodplains

What are we doing?Trees for Tribs

We coordinate a program called Trees for Tribs (Tribs as in tributaries) that provides free trees and shrubs for planting next to tributary streams. Program members help applicants select plants and design a planting plan, and provide other technical assistance during and after planting events.

The program harnesses the energy of local volunteers to plant and provide long-term maintenance. Local watershed groups and other partners help identify planting sites and recruit volunteers.  Anyone with streamside property can apply, but the program gives highest priority to public and highly visible sites.

Since its start in 2007 the program has planted over 43,000 native trees and shrubs along 19 miles of stream with the help of 7,000 volunteers. To learn more about the history of the program, read the article in the NYS Conservationist. To learn more about the program and application process, visit our Trees for Tribs webpage. 

Research on these topics:

A 2013 publication, Beyond the trees: Community as a riparian restoration outcome and resource [http://wri.cals.cornell.edu/sites/wri.cals.cornell.edu/files/shared/documents/Armstrong_etal_2013.pdf]