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CSBI Ready for Fall Plantings

Posted on: October 14th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
AWSMP Plant Mate­r­i­al Cen­ter, Fall 2020. Pho­to by Bob­by Taylor.

If some­one were to step into the back­yard of the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) you could for­give them for think­ing they were on the grounds of a plant nurs­ery. That’s because our back­yard is home to the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI) Plant Mate­r­i­al Cen­ter (PMC). The PMC is the loca­tion that holds all the plants that we use to reveg­e­tate stream­banks here in the Ashokan Water­shed. CSBI seeks to inform and assist landown­ers with bet­ter stew­ard­ship of their ripar­i­an (stream­side) area through pro­tec­tion, enhance­ment, man­age­ment, or restora­tion. CSBI recent­ly received a large deliv­ery of plants that AWSMP staff helped unload and sort in the PMC.

The plants in these pho­tos will be used in eight plant­i­ng sites this fall and com­ing spring where approx­i­mate­ly 79,156 square feet of stream­bank are slat­ed to be reveg­e­tat­ed. To date 65 landown­ers have had projects com­plet­ed on their prop­er­ties. Over 10,000 trees and shrubs have been plant­ed and over 18,510 feet of stream (or 3.5 miles) have been reveg­e­tat­ed. All told 13.153 acres have been restored since 2009.

Not just any plants are used in these projects. Ripar­i­an plants that are native to the Catskill region are uti­lized for sev­er­al rea­sons. Ripar­i­an plants have strong and robust root sys­tems that grow deep into the soil and inter­lock with roots sys­tems of adja­cent plants. This helps keep the plants firm­ly root­ed in the soil dur­ing floods and has the added ben­e­fit of min­i­miz­ing stream­bank ero­sion. Native Catskill Moun­tain region plants fill an impor­tant eco­log­i­cal niche that non-native plants usu­al­ly do not fill. They pro­vide habi­tat for an assort­ment of oth­er plants and ani­mals includ­ing pol­li­na­tors like bees and but­ter­flies. They pro­vide cov­er for ani­mals help­ing to shield them from preda­tors and shade the stream, keep­ing the water cool for sev­er­al fish species that thrive in cold­er water, such as native brook trout. Fur­ther­more, native ripar­i­an plants are more suit­ed for their envi­ron­ment and require less main­te­nance than non-native orna­men­tal vegetation.

Sev­er­al of the native ripar­i­an plants that are used will be famil­iar to most peo­ple. These include tree species such as red maple (Acer rubrum), sug­ar maple (Acer sac­cha­rum), red oak (Quer­cus rubra), white oak (Quer­cus alba), paper birch (Betu­la papyrifera) and sycamore (Pla­tanus occi­den­tal­is) to name just a few. It also includes shrubs such as win­ter­ber­ry (Ilex ver­ti­cil­late), witch hazel (Hamamelis vir­gini­ana), mead­owsweet (Spi­raea lat­i­fo­lia), elder­ber­ry (Sam­bu­cus nigra), choke­ber­ry (Aro­nia arbu­ti­fo­lia), and but­ton­bush (Cepha­lan­thus occi­den­tal­is) among many oth­ers. In addi­tion, there are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent types of sedges, which are a type of grass that likes to grow in wet, ripar­i­an areas. The PMC cur­rent­ly holds 61 dif­fer­ent species of native plant and there are cur­rent­ly over 2,000 plants in the PMC. The vast major­i­ty will be plant­ed this fall. Any plants not used will be cov­ered in mulch and over­win­tered until the spring where they will be used in plant­i­ng projects for that season.

Projects for this sea­son are already sched­uled, but if you’re inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the CSBI pro­gram in a future sea­son and have stream­side prop­er­ty in the Ashokan Water­shed, con­tact the CSBI Coor­di­na­tor, Bob­by Tay­lor at 845–688-3047 or at bobby.taylor@ashokanstreams.org.

AWSMP Plant Mate­r­i­al Cen­ter, Fall 2020. Pho­to by Brent Gotsch.
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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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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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