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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.