Trees for Tribs

 The Finger Lakes Museum (FLM) was one of ten applicants awarded a Trees for Tribs Grant through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The FLM’s Sugar Creek Restoration Project will utilize over 3,000 native trees and shrubs grown from NYS-sourced seed to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and climate resiliency along Sugar Creek. These trees and shrubs will be planted on the banks of three properties, owned by the Finger Lakes Museum, Izaak Walton League, and Branchport/Keuka Park Fire Department.

Regular Trees for Tribs updates will be on this page so check back often!

Want to get involved? Participate in a planting day by completing the Doodle poll (an easy checkbox system with open planting times you can select at your convenience) or contacting our Trees for Tribs Site Specialist, Dan Lazzaro, directly at

What are we planting?

Click on the links below to learn more about the trees and shrubs of

the Sugar Creek Restoration Project 

   white pine                 white oak                 sycamore                 red oak             swamp white oak      black cherry


        witch hazel            red osier dogwood       winged sumac           silky dogwood            nannyberry          red stem dogwood


Why did we pick these specific trees and shrubs?
When the FLM staff was preparing the planting plan for the Sugar Creek Restoration Project, we consulted with a landscape professional in order to prepare a plan with the highest chances of survival. Since these species are known to do well in wetland environment, we are hopeful for successful and thriving plantings. These species  will help to prevent erosion along the shoreline while building the riparian buffer that will enhance the climate of the area.


May 7, 2019

We carried out our first Trees for Tribs planting today and it was a success!


Students from Keuka College with Professor Anderson came out and planted Sycamores, Swamp White Oaks, and Winged Sumac.  They were an excellent and hardworking group who were even eager and willing to come back for more despite two hours of working in the rain! 


Thank you Professor Anderson and students! 

May 10, 2019

Today, we had a number of PY Academy students at the site from 9th – 12th grade planting red osier dogwoods, winged sumacs, and witch hazel shrubs.   The group also installed mallard tubes and wood duck boxes in our wetland!  A beautiful day for planting and the students (and their teachers) did an incredible job. 


A big THANK YOU to Mrs. Bossard and Mr. Pragle for organizing the group and understanding the importance this work will have in relation to Keuka Lake’s tributaries and entire ecosystem!

May 18, 2019

Here's a snapshot of our very own FLM trustee, Ed Premo. Ed took advantage of the beautiful sunny day to plant over 30 witch hazel shrubs in our bioswale (landscape area designed to remove debris and pollution from surface runoff) on the Museum campus property. 

 Thank you for your time, Ed! We appreciate it!

May 25, 2019

Trustees and museum friends really dug in on this Saturday. Even the littlest volunteers were hard at work!

June 3, 2019

The Finger Lakes Museum is proud to welcome Keuka College senior, Dan Lazzaro, as our dedicated Trees for Tribs Site Specialist. If you've been to the Museum campus the last few weeks, you've probably seen Dan hard at work maintaining and planting trees.  Stop by to say hello and welcome him! 

June 24, 2019

Our campus is filled with white tree tubes and mats protecting our seedling trees. It's with the gracious help of our volunteers and staff that these trees are finding their new homes in the ground. Thanks to all for their help as we continue planting! planting! planting!

August 19, 2019

The Finger Lakes Museum is reaching out to the community to offer a tree share as part of the Trees for Tribs grant. Keuka Lake watershed residents are encouraged to visit the Museum campus (3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport) August 20th-September 20th, Tuesdays and Fridays, to pick up free trees/shrubs, tree tubes and stakes. Pick up is between 9am-11am, limited to 2 shrubs/trees per household. We hope that you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to help the tributaries of Keuka Lake. Available for pick up: winged sumac, silky dogwood, red osier/red stem dogwood. 


Once you pick up your plantings, we encourage you to share photos and updates on the growth progress. We would love to see the grant work in action in the community!

September 23, 2019

Our Trees for Tribs tree share has been a great success. Because of the overwhelming response, the original September 20th end date was extended a week to September 27th. Visitors to the Museum were treated to information on specific trees, a lesson from our program director on how to plant and take care of the specific tree and even flowers and vegetables from our Community Garden. To date, we have provided over 80 trees to our community!

We are eager to continue the the Trees for Tribs program next spring with our hardwoods plantings and are excited to announce that we are a recipient of a Hydro Flask Parks For All donation grant, which will allow the first 100 Trees for Tribs volunteers to receive one of their awesome water bottles. Contact the Museum today to get your name on the list so you and your team (coworkers? family? friends? Scouts groups?) can join us in Spring 2020!


May 8, 2020

200 hardwood trees/shrubs were picked up several days ago and these will be the first in our 2020 efforts of Trees for Tribs plantings! Dan Lazzaro, Trees for Tribs Site Specialist, discusses the plan for this year.

Hello, Trees for Tribs Volunteers! My name is Dan Lazzaro and I am heading the planting groups for the Finger Lakes Museum. I am very excited to have this opportunity to have the public come out again this year to plant more trees and become educated in the program! This year in addition to the benefits of being outdoors after the interesting time of staying indoors for longer than we hoped, he Museum will be giving away Hydro-flasks to volunteers to thank you for your efforts in our goal!


Our goal is to have all trees planted by approximately June 20th! Our species this year are going to be more hardwoods and some pollinator favorites to boost the natural beauty of the museum's wetlands! The goal is to help restore the area where the ash trees were affected by the emerald ash borer. 


I am free to guide volunteers Weekdays after 5:30 PM and almost all-day on Sundays starting May 18th. I can be reached by email at! Due to the social distancing executive order, we are planning on holding one group per hour slot. This will limit contact with others and give our staff time to sanitize the equipment for the next group. Please wear a mask when coming to the museum to plant to help protect volunteers and staff.




3369 Guyanoga Road

 Branchport, NY 14418

Tel: 315-595-2200

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