The 2020 Buffer in a Bag application period is now open!
From Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association:
Water run-off from heavy rains can carry pollutants and sediments into our streams and lakes and impact water quality. Vegetative buffers can minimize run-off. To help residents play an active role in protecting the quality of water bodies, the NY State DEC has announced its 2020 Buffer in a Bag initiative.
The Buffer in a Bag initiative provides landowners with a free bag of 25 bare-root native tree and shrub seedlings, approximately 1 to 2 feet in height. The bag is made up of a variety of native trees and shrubs chosen specifically to improve streamside areas by supporting wildlife and improving water quality.
Anyone who owns or manages at least 50 feet of land along a stream or water body in New York State is eligible to receive a free bag of seedlings. Applicants are limited to one bag per property. All participants must provide photos and information indicating where the trees will be planted. There is a limited supply and recipients are selected first-come, first-served. Application deadline is April 10, 2020.
To learn more about the program including how to apply for a bag, visit this DEC Webpage.