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CSBI Ready for Fall Plantings

Posted on: October 14th, 2020 by Leslie_Zucker
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.

CSBI Works on Demonstration Project in Mount Tremper

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 by Leslie_Zucker

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.

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.