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  • 1. NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program’s “Trees for Tribs” Initiative Kevin Grieser, Riparian Buffer Coordinator, Hudson River Estuary Program Riparian Buffer Working Group New York State November 10th, 2009 Water Resources Institute NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 2. Overview • Estuary Program & The Action Agenda • “Trees for Tribs” • Who’s eligible • Site selection • How it works • Our plant material • Where we’ve worked • Numbers to date • What’s in store for the future NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 3. The Hudson River Estuary Program The Hudson River Estuary Program is a unique regional partnership designed to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the estuary. The Hudson's productivity and diversity of natural resources sustain a wide array of present and future human benefits. It is a nursery for valuable food and game fish, a water supply, a boater's playground, a landscape of inspiring beauty, a shipping route, and more. Its management calls for a cooperative effort of broad scope, coordinating public input with the expertise of professionals throughout New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation [DEC] and other agencies. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 4. The blueprint for implementing this The Action Agenda program is The Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, first released in May 1996. Its principal goals are to protect and conserve natural resources and ecosystem health, clean up pollution and other impairments, and promote public use and enjoyment of the river. The Agenda specifies goals and objectives to be implemented over a four year period extending through the year 2009. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 5. Riparian Buffers in the Action Agenda Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda Goal 4: Streams and Tributaries of the Hudson River Estuary Watershed By 2008, map and characterize riparian buffer health of the Hudson River estuary watershed to assist in identifying opportunities for protection and restoration. By 2015, protect or restore 750 miles of forest buffers through cooperative partnership and local land use strategies to protect habitat, reduce flooding damage, and cleanse stormwater runoff. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 6. Buffers in the next Action Agenda GOAL: Protect and restore the streams, their corridors, and the watersheds that replenish the estuary and nourish its web of life, and sustain water resources that are critical to the health and well-being of Hudson Valley residents and the ecosystem. By 2014, …develop and deliver local government guidance that protects stream buffers and floodplain corridors to minimize future flooding impacts and protect stream habitat and water quality, and work with pilot watershed communities to implement protection ordinances. By 2014, …re-vegetate 15 miles of stream with native vegetation or plant 30,000 native trees and shrubs within riparian buffers while engaging volunteers. Assist communities and landowners to identify opportunities for streamside assessment, outreach and restoration through “Trees for Tribs” and other riparian restoration programs. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 7. “Trees for Tribs” Replanting the Streams of the Hudson Valley NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 8. Who Can Apply for “Trees for Tribs”? • Watershed Groups & Associations • Non-profits • Environmental Organizations • Land Trusts • Municipalities • Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops • Home Owner/Neighborhood Assoc. • Schools & Universities • Farmers NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 9. Selecting a Buffer Re-planting Site? • Site Selection • Avoid unstable streambanks • Avoid buffers highly infested with invasive plants • High profile/public/visible locations preferred • Focus on lawn & grass • Must be located within the Estuary Watershed NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 10. Riparian Buffer Widths & Their Ecological Functions NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 11. “Trees for Tribs”: So How Does It Work? • Spring and Fall planting projects • Contact Buffer Coordinator & SCA intern months in advance to schedule a site visit • Site analysis & recommendations • Submit an application • Plant estimate formula • Schedule plantings & press releases • Volunteer recruitment • Technical assistance & site prep • Planting plan & plant selection • Pre-digging planting holes • Provide free native trees and shrubs • Trees tubes and weed mats • Bio-engineering stakes, erosion control materials, native riparian seed mix • Coordinate planting event • Yearly plant monitoring & periodic maint. • “Trees for Tribs” signage NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 12. “Trees for Tribs” Plant Material • Tree Stock (~20 species) • 1/3 Octoraro tubelings • 1/3 Pinelands #2s • 1/3 RPM #2s • Handful of bareroots • Vegetation monitoring on trees at all projects with 100+ plants; caliper & ht. • Shrub Stock (~10-15 species) • Majority from NYS DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery as spring bareroots, half potted-up for fall projects • Special species ordered as Octoraro tubelings and/or Pinelands #1s • Bio-engineering Stakes • NRCS Big Flats Plant Material Center • Sandbar Willow • Southern Tier Consulting (9 native species) • Saratoga Tree Nursery NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 13. Celebrate National Volunteer Week & Arbor Day with the Hudson River Estuary Program The NYS DEC’s “Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs” initiative will be hosting two volunteer bareroot-seedling “potting events” in celebration of this year’s National Volunteer Week (April 19-25) and Arbor Day (April 24). Volunteers will help pot-up bareroot seedlings for the “Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs” initiative - a program that offers free native plants to landowners who qualify for stream buffer restoration projects. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 14. WHEN: Friday, April 24th from 9am-4pm Sunday, April 26th from 9am+ WHERE: The “Berm”, NYSDEC Region III New Paltz In just two years, the “Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs” initiative has been responsible for planting more than 32,000 feet of stream buffers along the Estuary’s tributaries with 12,000 native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Over 70 projects have been completed to date with the help of some 1,200 volunteers and 50 project partners. If you’re interested in a Fall 2009 project, applications are due by August 1st. Contact info: Kevin Grieser, Riparian Buffer Coordinator Hudson River Estuary Program (845) 256-3145 kagriese@gw.dec.state.ny.us www.dec.ny.gov/lands/43668.html NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 15. Trees for Tribs Accomplishments • 2007-2009 • 116 project partners • 136 project sites • 18,400 native plants • 49,000 ft. of stream length • 1,500+ volunteers • A typical planting season • 20-30 projects • 10-300 plants per project • 3,000 plants per season (not including stakes) • 250-500 volunteers • 5-10 weekend projects • 5-10 weekday projects • 5-10 drop-off or pick-up projects • $32,000 USFS Grant NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 16. What’s in store for the future? • Riparian Buffer Protection Outreach • More “fine-scale” buffer mapping • Cornell Projects • Roadside Ditch Mgmt. • Trees for Tribs study • “Trees for Tribs” large interpretative signs • Buffer brochure • Buffer native plant list • Native seed collection & propagation • Buffer mix seed packets • Increased “Trees for Tribs” monitoring NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 17. Questions? Contact info: Kevin Grieser, Riparian Buffer Coordinator NYS DEC, Hudson River Estuary Program 21 S. Putt Corners Rd. New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 256-3145 kagriese@gw.dec.state.ny.us Spring 2010 applications are due by March 1st NYS Department of Environmental Conservation