Sivadasan Nair is organizing with the town’s park department, the Indian Cultural Association and Consulate General of India a free yoga class- outside at Richard Presser Park this Saturday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The park is located on Central Ave (Webb Field). It was great fun last year. Hope to see you this Saturday!
PLEASE SEND OUT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO THE GB LIST, SO THAT WE CAN MEET OUR REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE MS4 – PHASE II STORMWATER EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAM. THANK YOU.
NYSDEC Monthly News: Trees, trails, and time for ReLeaf!
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This month's topics:
• Pollinator Week - June 17-23
• Register for ReLeaf 2019
• Buffer in a Bag Participants Plant 12,000+ Seedlings
• Celebrate Summer with DEC's Trail Supporter Patch
• Avoid Mulch Volcanoes When Landscaping
Pollinator Week is June 17-23
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Agriculture and Markets announced the commemoration of National Pollinator Week, June 17-23, after Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a proclamation (PDF) affirming New York's commitment to promoting the health and recovery of the state's pollinator population. In addition, this week, New York State is celebrating Pollinator Week with several events highlighting the importance of key pollinator species such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. State agencies also announced updates on actions taken as a result of the State's Pollinator Protection Plan.
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Register for ReLeaf 2019
Do you love trees? Are you looking for ways to improve your community? Want to connect with fellow tree supporters? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, be sure to join us at the 2019 ReLeaf Conference, July 18th-20th in Newburgh, NY!
This year’s conference will offer talks, tours, and field trips on the theme of “community forestry in a rapidly changing world”. Hear about climate resilient design, youth involvement in urban forestry, invasive species to look for, grant opportunities, and so much more. A full conference brochure and registration information is available on the New York State Urban Forestry Council website. Register by July 1st for lowest registration cost. We hope to see you there!
Inaugural Buffer in a Bag Participants Plant 12,000+ Seedlings
12,150 trees and shrubs will be planted this year thanks to Buffer in a Bag participants across NY! Through DEC's Buffer in a Bag initiative, landowners can receive free tree and shrub seedlings to plant streamside. These "buffers" will help prevent erosion and improve water quality over time.
Each bag of 25 seedlings contains a variety of native species provided by DEC's Tree Nursery that are tailored to the recipient's region. To qualify, landowners must have 50 feet or more of property bordering water.The 2019 application period for Buffer in a Bag is now closed, but you can learn more about this annual program on our website.
Celebrate Summer with DEC's Trail Supporter Patch
June marks the official start of summer – celebrate long days, sunny skies, and a new season of adventures with DEC’s trail supporter patch! Patches are $5 each, and all funds raised from patch sales go directly to trail maintenance and enhancement projects on State lands. Learn more about the trail supporter patch program and how to order yours today on our website. Happy trails!
Landscape Smart - Avoid Mulch Volcanoes
Mulch can be a lifesaver for a newly-planted tree. It not only helps retain water to keep a tree's roots moist, but it also gives you the gardener a head start in weed prevention by smothering many potential weed competitors. Because of the wonders of mulch however, many gardeners can be easily lured into thinking “the more mulch, the merrier”, leading to one of the most common landscaping mistakes – the mulch volcano.
Mulch volcanoes are created when mulch is piled high against the trunk of the tree. The insulation power of mulch can backfire when too much is applied, leading to decay, pest damage, or even death of the tree. Instead, keep mulch away from the trunk of the tree, and keep the surrounding mulch to a maximum depth of 3-4 inches. For more tree care tips, visit the Arbor Day Foundation website.
Right photo: Example of a mulch volcano. (Photo by Elizabeth Moss)
Left photo: Example of a properly mulched tree. The mulch does not touch the trunk of the tree. (Photo by Richard Ball)
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