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Tree & Shrub Program
EARTH DAY WEEKEND!
Friday April 21, 2023
Saturday April 22, 2023
PICK UP LOCATION:
Hoosick Ice Skating Rink
9 Barton Avenue
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
Other resources for conservation plantings:
The Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery offers a free native shrubs and trees in their School Seedlings Program to schools and educational organizations. All schools located within New York State - public, private, nursery, elementary, secondary, vocational, college, university, and any youth education-based organization are eligible. All you need to do is download the application at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9393.html and apply! For questions about your application please contact the nursery at 518-581-1439.
Anyone who owns or manages at least 50 feet of land along a stream or waterbody in New York State is eligible to receive a free bag of native seedlings. Properties with 50-99 feet of streamside land are eligible for one bag, and properties with 100 or more feet are eligible to apply for two bags. Applicants must provide photos and information indicating where the trees will be planted. There is a limited supply and recipients are selected first-come, first-served. Not sure if your site fits these criteria? Contact the Trees for Tribs program by calling (518) 402-9405 or emailing email@example.com. Applications will be available in February of 2020 and can be found on the NYS DEC website at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/115903.html.
The Trees for Tribs Grant Program supports efforts to reforest New York's tributaries that flow into and feed larger rivers and lakes. The goal of the program is to support communities in planting young native trees and shrubs along stream corridors to prevent erosion, increase flood water retention, improve wildlife and stream habitat, as well as protect water quality.
An eligible type of project are riparian tree plantings, consisting of planting native trees and shrubs along streams on public and private property improves wildlife habitat, water quality and climate and storm resiliency. Eligible activities include landowner outreach and education, planting plan development, site preparation, riparian planting (including native trees and shrubs, plant shipping costs, tree tubes, weed mats, stakes), equipment rentals, contractor and staff expenses. Eligible applicants include municipalities, academic institutions, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations and other groups such as unincorporated river associations whose projects are located within the eligible geographic boundaries defined in this Request For Applications, which can be found here on the NYS DEC website:
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