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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