There are two ways to welcome spring in New York State. As the month of March begins, we welcome meteorological spring even though the "official" start of spring is not util March 21. Either way, most of us are ready to say goodbye to winter.

The weather in New York State this season has been mostly wet and windy. However, Buffalo has its tenth snowiest winter on record. Which is interesting considering Buffalo only had two or three storms.

The wet weather has filled streams and creeks and erosion is always a concern. New York State is trying to keep the river and creek banks from eroding and they are offering you free trees.

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Universal Images Group via Getty

DEC's Trees for Tribs is a statewide program that has been working to reforest New York's tributaries - small creeks and streams that flow into larger rivers and lakes - by planting trees and shrubs along these waterways.

These trees and bundles are only available for a limited time are there are some requirements for property owners in New York State.

We are now accepting Buffer in a Bag applications for the 2023 season. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until 3 p.m. on April 7 or seedling stock runs out, whichever comes first.

We recently purchased ten acres in New York State and I am using it as a place to getaway and enjoy peace and quiet. However, I am also using is to teach our kids about the outdoors, conservation and respect for our environment. Every trip we make to the woods I try to teach them at least one thing about survival, forestry or wildlife. The biggest thing I stress is to always leave a place better than you found it. I believe that is our collective responsibility.

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