Vol­un­teers plant trees, shrubs along stream

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

ROSENDALE, N.Y. » The Town Board is laud­ing vol­un­teer ef­forts to stem the ef­fects of cli­mate change by plant­ing 47 trees and 70 shrubs along a stream bank near the Rosendale Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

At a Town Board meet­ing last week, Coun­cil­man Chris Prys­lop­ski said the plant­ings were funded by the in­de­pen­dent Trees for Tribs pro­gram.

“The En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mis­sion did plant ... a va­ri­ety,” he said. “We have some sycamore, we also have red buds, some dog­woods. So there will be some or­na­men­tal trees and lots of bushes, and we also planted pussy wil­low all the way at the bot­tom.”

Fif­teen vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pated in the plant­ing. Prys­lop­ski said tasks were as­signed to ac­com­mo­date even mod­est skill sets.

“They gave me a ham­mer and some re­bar to put into the ground,” he said.

“There were some vol­un­teers from the com­mu­nity that came in,” Prys­lop­ski said. “There were some Town Board mem­bers, but the bulk were Rosendale En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mis­sion mem­bers.”

Prys­lop­ski said the plant­ing was in a 5,500-square­foot area near a trib­u­tary that runs be­hind the re­cre­ation cen­ter. “There’s a lit­tle brook there that gen­er­a­tions ago they di­verted to feed ini­tially a pool,” he said.

The pro­gram is over­seen by the state Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion. Bare­root trees and shrubs are pro­vided by the Saratoga State Tree Nurs­ery, which was es­tab­lished in 1911 to pro­vide veg­e­ta­tion for re­for­est­ing projects.

“Trees for Tribs fo­cuses on com­pre­hen­sive wa­ter­shed restora­tion de­signed to pro­tect green in­fra­struc­ture and serves as the first line of de­fense against storm and flood­ing events, pro­tect­ing prop­erty, wa­ter qual­ity, and fish and wildlife habi­tat,” the state agency says. “In ad­di­tion to plant­ing trees, the pro­gram also pro­motes best man­age­ment prac­tices for com­mu­ni­ties and en­cour­ages new pro­grams, poli­cies and in­vest­ments in trib­u­tary pro­tec­tion.”

Chris Prys­lop­ski

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