Tree's for Tribs
On Saturday May 10th volunteers planted approximately 200 trees and shrubs at Mayo’s Landing in the Village of Croton through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Trees for Tribs” program. The project was a intermunicipal effort between the Village of Croton, the Town of Cortlandt and several interested residents. The grant was applied for by the Town of Cortlandt Planning Division, the planting program was overseen by the Town’s Open Space Coordinator Richard DiSanza with assistance from the Village of Croton DPW and the Town of Cortlandt Department of Environmental Services and the planning and execution of the event and recruiting of volunteers was done by Croton resident Joel Gingold and the Assistant Village Manager, Janine King.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program's “Trees for Tribs” Initiative offers free native trees and shrubs for qualifying projects in the Hudson River Estuary watershed within the State of New York from the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to the Troy Dam.
Riparian (streamside) buffers are a major component to maintaining healthy streams and water. These buffers composed of trees, shrubs, and grasses help to reduce pollution entering waterways by slowing down and filtering runoff, thus extending retention time. Buffers also help to reduce flooding and erosion by stabilizing shorelines and absorbing high velocity flows. In addition, they serve an important role for wildlife as a shoreline transition zone and travel corridor, not to mention increasing overall biodiversity and improving in-stream health.
Mayo's landing was selected as one of the Spring '08 "Trees for Tribs" projects. The project could not have been completed without the great assistance and technical know-how of Kevin Grieser, the Hudson River Estuary Program Riparian Buffer Coordinator, and his assistant Leah Abuza.
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