Posts Tagged ‘Riparian Buffer Demonstration Project’

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 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.


The Catskill Interpretive Center Riparian Buffer Demonstration Project Planted!

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 by Caroline Stupple

Set­ting the stage to plant all of the native plant mate­r­i­al at the Catskill Inter­pre­tive Center.

In Sep­tem­ber 2016, a group of ded­i­cat­ed vol­un­teers, togeth­er with the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) and the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI) team, got togeth­er to remove some of the inva­sive species that had tak­en over the ripar­i­an (stream­side) areas and out-com­pet­ed native plants at the Mau­rice D. Hinchey Catskill Inter­pre­tive Cen­ter (CIC). The CIC received fund­ing from AWSMP and CSBI to cre­ate a Ripar­i­an Buffer Demon­stra­tion project.  The main objec­tives for this project are removal of inva­sive species, plant­i­ng of native plant mate­r­i­al, and plac­ing inter­pre­tive sig­nage around the project area to pro­vide edu­ca­tion on the role of ripar­i­an buffers in main­tain­ing habi­tat and stream health.


The team (from left to right), Bob­by Tay­lor, Alli­son Lent, Jake Wede­mey­er, and Tiffany Runge of Ulster Coun­ty Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, removed a whole lot of inva­sive plant material!



Upstream of the Ripar­i­an Buffer Demon­stra­tion area. The under sto­ry is cov­ered in inva­sive species. This under sto­ry com­po­si­tion extend­ed towards the demon­stra­tion area.


Ripar­i­an Buffer Demon­stra­tion project area cleared of inva­sive plants!


Ear­li­er this fall the CSBI team removed the last of the inva­sive plant mate­r­i­al and plant­ed the ripar­i­an buffer with native plants.  Inva­sive species are fast grow­ing, espe­cial­ly in dis­turbed areas, as such, as much plant mate­r­i­al as pos­si­ble was removed to give the native plants the best chance to estab­lish them­selves. Native ripar­i­an tree and shrub species form dense root sys­tems that pro­vide excel­lent bank sta­bi­liza­tion in ripar­i­an zones, an area that is prone to ero­sion. This com­plex root sys­tem con­trasts sharply to the shal­low and fast-grow­ing root sys­tems that inva­sive species have, that are part of their abil­i­ty to rapid­ly col­o­nize an area. A restored ripar­i­an buffer pro­vides nat­ur­al habi­tat for native species and enhances water qual­i­ty, an impor­tant resource for humans, native fish and macro-invertebrates.



Ripar­i­an buffer area cleared of inva­sive plants.


The native trees and shrubs are planted!
























The CIC Ripar­i­an Buffer Demon­stra­tion is a col­lab­o­ra­tive project between The Catskill Cen­ter, the NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty, and the Ulster Coun­ty Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion District.