Protect Streambanks from Invasion, Plant Native!

Flooding from Hurricane Irene stripped vegetation from Catskill streambanks, leaving bare ground prone to non-native species invasion. Planting native species discourages the establishment of invasive plants. In addition to native plants’ low risk of becoming invasive, native plants provide valuable wildlife habitat and promote biodiversity in Catskill ecosystems.  Native plants have evolved to thrive in conditions in the Catskill Region and have co-evolved with wildlife to provide species with food, shelter, and nesting. Plant native today!

These species are great choices to aid in streambank stabilization and preventing invasive species:

Redosier dogwood
Silky dogwood

Pussy willow
Red maple
River birch
Eastern cottonwood
Red oak