The streamside area, or riparian buffer, is where you can have
the greatest beneficial impact on Catskill streams. This page
will acquaint you with positive stream stewardship activities
in three general categories: riparian buffers, invasive species
This section provides more detailed information about the importance
of riparian buffers, instructions about streamside planting, a
list of Catskill native trees and shrubs and where to get them
and other guidance about proper management of the streamside area.
for more information about Riparian Buffers.
Find out about the expansive negative effects of exotic, invasive
species and threats to the Catskills. This section includes information
about invasive plant control for already established species as
well as identification information for invasive species on the
fringe of the Catskill Mountains. Additionally, you can learn
about joining a new group called the Catskill Regional Invasive
Species Partnership (CRISP) that works cooperatively to address
invasive species concerns. Click
here for more information about Invasive Species.
A large concern to Catskill streamside landowners is flooding.
The information in this section offers advice on proper management
of floodplain areas to reduce the costly impacts of flooding.
Also included are several links to flooding forecasts and existing
state and federal programs to assist landowners and towns before
and after floods occur. Click
here for more information about Floodplains.