Floodplain Forest Restoration

We're working to restore floodplain forests and reconnect floodplains on Conservancy-owned former agricultural properties along the Neversink River.

The Nature Conservancy is working to restore floodplain forests and reconnect floodplains on Conservancy-owned agricultural properties along the Neversink River.

This phase of the project, partially funded by Trout Unlimited via funds from the Millennium Pipeline Stream Improvement Fund, focuses on the floodplain forest around Spring Brook, a tributary to the Neversink River.

Spring Brook, a groundwater-fed stream, is increasingly “captured” by the Neversink during floods, which increases sedimentation and damage to the riparian buffer. Here, volunteers from Trout Unlimited install fencing to protect trees.

A more substantial floodplain forest around the spring will help lower water velocities and improve water quality by increasing sedimentation onto the floodplain instead of within the channel.

Conservation scientist Becky Shirer reviews the site plan with Union College Professor Jeff Corwin upon whose research the restoration strategy is based.

Nature Conservancy staff from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania plant 300+ trees at Spring Brook, a tributary of the Neversink River.

Trees are planted in clusters rather than rows, which helps attract birds and other seed-dispersing wildlife. This results in new seedlings that better mimics the composition and distribution of naturally occurring forests.

Additional tree planting and restoration work is scheduled for the fall. The Spring Brook restoration is the first phase of a larger plan for restoring all of the Conservancy’s Neversink floodplains over the next several years.


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