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Call for Volunteers

Planting Trees and Shrubs along Genesee River

Town of Hume, Allegany County

 

WHEN: SATURDAY, June 15, 2019, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

(NEW DATE – More trees to plant!)

WHERE: Town of Hume, Allegany Co.; Near intersection of West River Road and NY State Route 19A, approx. 1 ¼  miles north on State Route 19A from the intersection of State Routes 19 and 19A and County Rd. 4 in the Village of Fillmore. See Location maps and Parking Location photos in this downloadable guide.

WHAT: In 2018, Edelweiss Farms and the Genesee RiverWatch undertook a project to stabilize a rapidly eroding vertical riverbank along the Genesee River. Currently, 1900 linear feet of the riverbank has been graded to a more gradual slope and rock has been placed to protect the lower portion of the riverbank. To complete the project, nearly 1600 trees and shrubs will need to be planted along the upper riverbank and on a buffer area between the riverbank and the nearby agricultural field. We will need the assistance of least 60 volunteers to help with this planting event. The shrubs we will plant have been selected because they are fruit-bearing and will provide food for wildlife.

WHO TO CONTACT: Pete Lent (Genesee RiverWatch). If you would like to help, please send an e-mail to Peter Lent. We will need to know: (1) your e-mail and phone number; (2) whether you will be able to help, most of day, or only in morning, or only in afternoon; (3) how many folks might be coming with you; and (4) if you have any questions. We will develop an e-mail/phone list for the project. The list will allow us to send out updates on the project to volunteers both before and after the planting event.

(NOTE: those who volunteered for original May 25 or June 1st date should contact Pete on their availability for June 15 – Thank you.)

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers will need no prior experience. We will provide instruction on planting techniques, and placement of protective tree tubes and the stakes to secure them. Volunteers can bring shovels, spades, pick axes or mattock (pick on one side & blade on other) to break up the ground; hammers to pound in stakes; and 5-gallon pails with handles to water plants. Please label your tools for easy identification.  Conditions may be muddy so volunteers should wear boots, bring work gloves, and water. Also bring insect repellent (for black flies) and sunscreen. Although you can bring your own lunch, we plan on providing hotdogs for a lunch. We look forward to your assistance with this worthy project. With your help we will be able to accomplish this task, while enjoying the nearby views of the Genesee River.

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6th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit:

A Report to the Community

May 7th, 2019 - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - RIT Campus

Louise Slaughter Hall, Building 78, Rooms 2240-2210

Presentation Powerpoints will be posted shortly!

Registration required: Click here to Register

Fee: Free

Includes: Continental breakfast and afternoon break.
Please bring your lunch or use the food service facilities available on campus.

Note: Parking location change from previous years:
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Download Agenda

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Genesee RiverWatch will host its 6th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on May 7, 2019 on the Rochester Institute of Technology Campus. Please consider joining us!

 


Purpose:
 Provide a comprehensive update on the multitude of activities associated with initiatives that result in solutions to improve water quality in the Genesee and connect people to the river. This event will include presentations from regional experts and subsequent discussion with participants. The Summit will be broken down into four parts.

  1. Reporting & Planning – Experts will review their work to develop and implement plans to improve the quality of the water in the river and create opportunities to enjoy its beauty.
  2. Access & Recreation – This series of presentations will provide an overview of projects in the basin to improve recreational access to and opportunities on the river.
  3. Restoration – Presentations by various basin stakeholders will review their efforts to restore the river and its surroundings.
  4. Outreach & Education – This series of presentations will look at initiatives undertaken to inform citizens and stakeholders about the issues facing the Basin.

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The Genesee River Bash was a success! The evening was filled with great entertainment from Danielle Ponder
and the Tomorrow People and Wild Wings, good food, informative exhibitors and fun for all ages. We want to
thank all who attended, our generous supporters and Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadship Award Winners.
Here is a glimpse into the evening. Enjoy!

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Call for Volunteers

Planting Trees and Shrubs along Genesee River Town of Caneadea, Allegany County

 

WHEN:    SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: NY State Route 19, approx. 1 mile north of the intersection of Hughes St. & North Main St. (Rt. 19) in Belfast. Download a location Map

WHAT: In 2017, the landowner, the Allegany County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Genesee RiverWatch undertook a project to stabilize 900 ft. of eroding riverbank on the Genesee River. We need the assistance of at least 60 volunteers to help us plant more than 1,000 trees and shrubs to further protect the riverbank and to provide a buffer area between the river and the nearby agricultural field. The native shrubs we will plant have been selected because they are fruit-bearing and will provide food for wildlife. The plants have been provided by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Saratoga Tree Nursery’s Trees for Tribs (TFT) Program.

WHO TO CONTACT: Peter Lent (Genesee RiverWatch).If you would like to help, please send an e-mail to Peter Lent. We will need to know: (1) your e-mail and phone number; (2) whether you will be able to help, most of day, or only in morning, or only in afternoon; (3) how many folks might be coming with you; and (4) if you have any questions. We will develop an e-mail/phone list for the project. The list will allow us to send out updates on the project to volunteers both before and after the planting event. An example is that we will be looking for locations where we can have folks park their cars and where we can shuttle them back and forth to the planting site, which has limited areas for parking. We will be sending additional information on this to the volunteer list.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers will need no prior experience. We will provide instruction on planting techniques, and placement of protective tree tubes and the stakes to secure them. Volunteers can bring shovels, spades, pick axes or mattock (pick on one side & blade on other) to break up the ground; hammers to pound in stakes; and 5- gallon pails with handles to water plants. Please label your tools for easy identification. Conditions may be muddy so volunteers should wear boots, bring work gloves, water and a lunch. Also bring insect repellent (for black flies) and sunscreen.

We look forward to your assistance with this worthy project. With your help we will be able to accomplish this task, while enjoying the nearby views of the Genesee River.

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