AUSABLE FORKS- The Ausable River Association will be planting trees along the banks of the Ausable River Thursday, May 7, in an effort to reestablish the riparian buffer. The purpose of this program is to protect stream banks and provide shading for the river. Tree roots provide strength to riverbanks, hold sediment in place, and reduce the rate of erosion. Overhanging trees provide shade and keep the streams cool; this is especially important for AuSable's trout population. Riparian buffers also protect water quality by preventing sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, pesticides and other pollutants from reaching the stream. Stream side forests can also act as a corridor for travel for deer, rabbit, quail and non-game species like migratory songbirds.
Tree planting will take begin at 10 a.m. Meet in the parking lot behind Grand Union on Main Street. Bring a shovel, and dress for the weather.