Posts Tagged ‘native plants’

Fall Is Planting Season with CSBI

Posted on: November 18th, 2019 by Tim Koch


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.


Leprechaun Bees in Search of Native Plant Gold!

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by Leslie_Zucker

It’s spring now and because St. Patrick’s Day just passed, we are taking a look at one of nature’s smallest leprechauns…. Augochloropsis metallica, a type of Sweat Bee. Native and metallic green, metallica is smaller than a Honey Bee!

Augochloropsis metallica (head)

Augochloropsis metallica (head)

Since these bees are so small, it takes a keen eye to spot them. Augochoropsis metallica is found throughout the United States, from Ontario to Florida, and as far west as Arizona! They are usually around from March until November, with their fluorescent emerald green bodies shimmering in the daylight.

Augochloropsis metallica (back)

Augochloropsis metallica (back)

Augochloropsis metallica (side)

Augochloropsis metallica (side)

These beautifully tiny native bees have been sighted in two locations around the Ashokan Watershed, Stony Clove Creek in Greene County, and in Oliverea of Ulster County! What makes this bee so special is that it plays a crucial role in pollinating our native plants, providing a fighting chance for our native plant species to stand up against invasive plant species.

A zoomed-in focus of Augochloropsis metallica sightings!  Note:  Stony Clove Creek & Oliverea!

A zoomed-in focus of Augochloropsis metallica sightings! Note: Stony Clove Creek & Oliverea!

If you want to try and see the emerald metallica bee, make sure to plant native plants in and around your yard!

To purchase your plants locally, the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding their annual Bare Root Seedling Sale in April! Orders must be placed by Friday, March 30th using this order form, with pick-up dates being held on Wednesday April 18th at Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz and Friday April 20th at Ulster County Department of Public Works in Kingston. If you miss the deadline, left-over single stem stock is usually available for walk-up purchase at the two locations listed above.

Happy planting, and thank you for supporting the bees!