CSBI Spring ’17 Projects

Posted on: June 26th, 2017 by Leslie_Zucker

A report on spring stream buffer plant­i­ngs from Bob­by Tay­lor of the Ulster Coun­ty Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict.…The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram con­tin­ues to improve ripar­i­an buffers in the Ashokan Water­shed with assis­tance from will­ing landown­ers through the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI) Pro­gram under the Ulster Coun­ty Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict. Spring is often a busy plant­i­ng sea­son for improv­ing stream­side health through instal­la­tion of native plants in stream­side areas. Moist soils and cool tem­per­a­tures allow plants to estab­lish with less effort than in the sum­mer months.

Two projects, the Bushkill Bio­engi­neer­ing Project and the Native Ripar­i­an Buffer Project at the Catskill Inter­pre­tive Cen­ter  in Mt. Trem­per received some addi­tion­al plant­i­ngs this spring through the CSBI program.

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At the Catskill Inter­pre­ta­tive Cen­ter, native silky dog­woods were har­vest­ed from a healthy pop­u­la­tion grow­ing in a wet­land on the prop­er­ty. Each res­i­dent dog­wood shrub donat­ed 3–4 stems that were cut into 2–3 foot long straight stakes, soaked over the week­end and dri­ven upright into the moist soil adja­cent to the creek, where they will sprout roots, then leaves, and even­tu­al­ly grow into shrubs with­in just a few sea­sons. This prac­tice known as “Live Stak­ing” takes advan­tage of a dog­woods nat­ur­al abil­i­ty to regen­er­ate from cut­tings. Over 150 stakes were installed along the creek upstream of the walk­ing bridge for vis­i­tors to enjoy.

Addi­tion­al­ly, the native wild­flower and pol­li­na­tor seed that was plant­ed at the Catskill Inter­pre­ta­tive dur­ing late fall of 2016 failed to ger­mi­nate ful­ly. Soil & Water staff were back out at the Inter­pre­ta­tive Cen­ter in late May of 2017 to re-work the soil and try again at estab­lish­ing a native pol­li­na­tor friend­ly wild­flower mix that both vis­i­tors to the cen­ter as well as winged pol­li­na­tor friends can enjoy. Giv­en the late sea­son when seed was applied to the site, reg­u­lar water­ing will be nec­es­sary through­out the warmer sum­mer months.

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The Bushkill Bio­engi­neer­ing project that was installed and plant­ed late last fall received an addi­tion­al 250 native stream­side trees and shrubs to enhance the ripar­i­an area. Win­ter­ber­ry, ser­vice­ber­ry, shrub dog­woods, choke­ber­ries, birch and sycamore will com­ple­ment the tens of thou­sands of wil­lows and dog­woods that were plant­ed last fall. The landown­ers are very hap­py so far with their new­ly installed buffer that was designed to sta­bi­lize stream­side prop­er­ty and enhance both in-stream and ripar­i­an habi­tat. Staff from Ulster Coun­ty Soil & Water con­tin­ue to work with the landown­ers of the bio­engi­neer­ing project to remove inva­sive species as they sprout and keep the plants watered to ensure project success.

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