DEC Announces Annual ‘Buffer in a Bag’ Program

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Free Seedlings Available to Qualified Landowners for Streamside Plantings

The application period for DEC’s Trees for Tribs’ Buffer in a Bag Program is now open. Qualifying private and public landowners 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.

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. We encourage previous recipients to reapply to continue building 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 350 bags will be available statewide for this round of applications, so apply right away.

Interested applicants can visit DEC’s website for more information about the Buffer in a Bag application process and requirements.  Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11th.

Full NYS press release can be found at

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