CSBI Works on Demonstration Project in Mount Tremper

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 by Irene Foster
The Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative (CSBI) prepares a riparian buffer demonstration site on the grounds of the Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper.

The Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI) pre­pares a ripar­i­an buffer demon­stra­tion site on the grounds of the Emer­son Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper.


While many peo­ple both in and out­side the water­shed are cur­rent­ly work­ing from home, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) is still able to do some field work. This week, Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI) Coor­di­na­tor Bob­by Tay­lor, was able to get out and do some work on a project at the Emer­son Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper.

This project is a demon­stra­tion of Catskill native ripar­i­an veg­e­ta­tion for vis­i­tors to the Emer­son, com­mu­ni­ty dog walk­ers, and oth­ers. It will also be used for future edu­ca­tion and out­reach events. Last fall, CSBI plant­ed over 1,000 trees and shrubs of 34 native species at this site and installed over 200 native sedges. This week, Bob­by worked on lay­ing down two sec­tions of a wood­chip trail that goes through the project.  Next week, he will be till­ing, aer­at­ing, and rak­ing the soil to get ready to plant a pol­li­na­tor friend­ly ripar­i­an mead­ow mix.

Ripar­i­an buffers help reduce stream bank ero­sion, fil­ter stormwa­ter runoff, and pro­vide a unique habi­tat. CSBI is a landown­er assis­tance pro­gram aimed at inform­ing and assist­ing stream­side landown­ers in becom­ing good stew­ards of their ripar­i­an areas through pro­tec­tion, enhance­ment, man­age­ment, and restora­tion. Tech­ni­cal and finan­cial assis­tance is avail­able to eli­gi­ble landown­ers for ripar­i­an buffer improve­ments. For more infor­ma­tion and to see if you are eli­gi­ble for assis­tance from CSBI please con­tact Bob­by Tay­lor at bobby.taylor@ashokanstreams.org or vis­it the CSBI web­site.

CSBI lays down woodchips for a trail through the demonstration.

CSBI lays down wood­chips for a trail through the demonstration.

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