Fall Is Planting Season with CSBI

Posted on: November 18th, 2019 by Tim Koch

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Fall is in full swing: the leaves have changed, the tem­per­a­tures have dropped, and the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI) is busy get­ting plants in the ground. Autumn is the best time to plant native trees and shrubs because the plants have gone dor­mant for win­ter; they have stopped active­ly grow­ing for the year.  When dor­mant trees and shrubs are plant­ed in the late fall, the freeze-thaw cycles they will expe­ri­ence over the com­ing win­ter months helps to close any void spaces in the soil left­over after back-fill­ing the holes. This cre­ates good root-soil con­tact so that in the spring the plants can start grow­ing vig­or­ous­ly as soon as the soil tem­per­a­tures warm up.

Proposed Planting Areas

CSBI is imple­ment­ing five plant­i­ng projects this fall, includ­ing one at Emer­son Resort & Spa in Mt. Trem­per, NY. Oth­er ripar­i­an buffer plant­i­ng projects will be com­plet­ed in Wood­stock, Shan­dak­en, and Olive. More than 2,000 native trees, shrubs, and wild­flow­ers will be plant­ed along streams, help­ing to reduce stream bank ero­sion, fil­ter stormwa­ter runoff, and pro­vide 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.

To find out more about CSBI and to see if you are eli­gi­ble:

click here for pro­gram brochure,

click here for pro­gram guide­lines,

and click here for appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als.

 

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