JAMESTOWN – New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the ‘Buffer in a Bag’ initiative that aims to help grow plant buffers alongside state waterways.
Landowners are asked to apply for a free bag of seedlings to plant near streams, rivers, or lakes in an effort to stabilize banks, preserve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitats.
DEC officials say streamside plantings are critically important for decreasing erosion, slowing flood waters, and protecting fish and wildlife.
Qualifying properties must be in-state, with 50 feet of land bordering water. Applications have to include photos and map coordinates of potential planting locations.
Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 10. For more information click here.