Riparian zones will be focus of CCCD forum

Arkville — The overwhelming majority of Catskill Mountain residents live or work near one of the dozens of streams that flow through the region. And yet very little attention is paid to the dynamic life of the areas adjacent to streams, known as riparian zones.
On Saturday, Dec. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m., The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development is hosting a workshop led by Jenn Grieser of the NYC DEP entitled “Living in the Riparian Zone.”
Grieser is the Riparian Buffer Coordinator for the Stream Management Program of the NYC DEP and has been working with streamside residents for five years.
“Riparian areas benefit not only wildlife and stream ecosystems, but also humans, by reducing the impacts of flooding and stream bank erosion, providing scenic beauty and privacy screen, and even increasing property value,” said Grieser.
“This workshop will teach streamside landowners how to allow their riparian areas to reach their full potential,” she added.
This highly interactive, dynamic workshop with videos, photographs and group activities will seek to engage participants in learning ways to keep streams healthy, and how to live in harmony with the many plants and creatures that frequent this ever-changing zone. It will address such questions as how can landowners enhance their riparian areas. Weather permitting, the group will visit a riparian zone within walking distance of The Catskill Center.
The workshop is open to the public and free of charge.
Pre-registration is requested. Please contact Dave Turan at The Catskill Center to register or for more information call 586-2611.