NYSDEC celebration video of Buffer in a Bag Program
Dear Friends of the Skaneateles Lake Association-
Please read below regarding a recent announcement about NYSDEC's Buffer in a Bag program designed to help our streams and shorelines. Eligible applicants must have land they are willing to plant on along at least 50 feet of a stream or lake shoreline.
Also, if you know if someone who is a good candidate to apply, please forward this email.
Thank you for all your support of our wonderful gem we call Skaneateles Lake!
DEC ANNOUNCES THIRD ROUND OF ANNUAL ‘BUFFER IN A BAG’ PROGRAM
Free Seedlings Available to Qualified Landowners for Streamside Plantings
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that the application period for the Trees for Tribs’ Buffer in a Bag Program is now open. Private and public landowners who qualify may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The goal of the Buffer in a Bag program is to increase forested riparian buffers across the state by encouraging landowners to undertake small-scale plantings. Streamside plantings help decrease erosion, slow floodwaters, and protect fish and wildlife habitat. Every landowner participating in this program is bolstering DEC’s efforts and our partners’ work to protect water quality and safeguard our communities from flooding.”
To qualify, landowners must have property in New York State with at least 50 feet that borders a stream, river, or lake, and provide photos or a map of the planting location. Previous recipients are encouraged to reapply to continue to build their riparian buffer. Applicants are eligible for one bag of 25 seedlings and recipients are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of 500 bags will be available statewide for this round of applications.
Seedlings are provided by DEC’s Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery and the Trees for Tribs program is supported by the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Governor Cuomo's proposed 2021-22 Executive Budget includes sustained record funding for the EPF at $300 million.