The NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) has announced a new initiative from the Trees for Tribs program called Buffer in a Bag, which is designed to help increase vegetation buffers throughout New York State.
This program provides eligible Wolf Lake residents with native species shrubs that can be planted along our lake shorelines to achieve the following “Forever Wild” benefits:
Stabilizes lake shorelines and stream banks
Provides a buffer to keep geese off our lawns and properties
Protects water quality
Improves wildlife habitat
Qualifying public and private landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings to plant along streams, rivers or lakes To qualify, landowners must have property that borders at least 50 feet of a stream, river or lake, and provide photos and map coordinates of the planting location. Landowners with 100 feet or more may apply for up to two bags of seedlings a year. A total of 350 bags will be available statewide for this first round of applications, and recipients will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications can be submitted no later than 3pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Trees for Tribs Program at (518) 402-9405.
The application form and additional information are attached below.
Wolf Lake Conservation Committee
Buffer in a Bag
The 2019 Buffer in a Bag application period began February 13, 2019.
Through the Buffer in a Bag initiative, NYS DEC’s Trees for Tribs Program and Saratoga Tree Nursery provide landowners with a free bag of bare-root trees and shrubs to enhance the streamside area on their property. Each Buffer in a Bag contains a variety of native trees and shrubs chosen specifically to improve streamside areas in New York by supporting wildlife and improving water quality.
Who is Eligible to Receive a Buffer in a Bag
Anyone who owns or manages at least 50 feet of land along a stream or waterbody in New York State is eligible to receive a free Buffer in Bag. Properties with 50-99 feet of streamside land are eligible for one bag, and properties with 100 or more feet are eligible to apply for two bags. Applicants must provide photos and information indicating where the trees will be planted. There is a limited supply and recipients are selected first-come, first-served so please sign up today! Not sure if your site fits this criteria? Contact the Trees for Tribs program by calling (518) 402-9405 or emailing email@example.com.
What is Included in the Bag
Each bag includes 25 bare-root native tree and shrub seedlings, approximately 1 to 2 feet in height. All species are well-suited to streamside conditions and are tailored to be native to your region of New York State (see a map of regions here). The species for each region are*:
· Hudson/Delaware Watershed Packet (DEC regions 3 & 4):
o Red osier dogwood, wetland rose, elderberry, river birch, red oak
*Species selection is subject to change
Each bag also comes with support materials including: a Planting Guide (PDF), Planting Layout Instructions, a Tree Protection Guide, a Maintenance Guide (PDF) and a Maintenance Calendar Checklist (PDF). These guides will help you ensure that your trees and shrubs get off to a good start and receive proper maintenance to increase the probability of creating a healthy riparian buffer for flood resiliency, wildlife habitat and improved water quality.
Where the Buffer in a Bag Plants Should be Planted
The trees and shrubs must be planted within a riparian area (along a riverbank, adjacent to a stream or creek, or along the shore of a pond or lake). This can include an area within a floodplain or within 300 feet of a stream. The planting area should not be separated from the stream by a road, structure, storm water pond, or other man-made feature that would prevent the buffer from functioning. Stormwater ponds, drainage ditches, or other man-made structures are not eligible.
Plants will be available in late April or early May and must be planted or put into cold storage within one day of being received.
How to Apply for a Buffer in a Bag
Landowners or groups interested in applying should submit an application (PDF). Please email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can also be mailed to:
Attn: Trees for Tribs Coordinator
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4250
Applications must be submitted by 3pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Buffer in a Bag kits are limited and recipients are selected first-come, first-served, so apply early! If you have questions, please email email@example.com or call the Trees for Tribs Program at (518) 402-9405.
Recipients of Buffer in a Bag should expect to be contacted in roughly 5 years to submit progress pictures of your buffer’s growth and to provide information about the success of your streamside buffer.
Learn more about the Trees for Tribs Program here.