Trees for Tribs

Check in with this page often as we will be posting regular updates on our Trees for Tribs grant progress!

 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.

Follow along with our journey by checking our progress out on this page and participating in a planting day, scheduled for May 11, 18, 25, 31 and June 1, 2019. 

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 Trees maintenance 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!

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 Branchport, NY 14418

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