ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Volunteers gathered at Wilber Park in Oneonta for a tree planting event.
The city held the Trees for Tributaries event in conjunction the DEC. They are planting 80 seedlings of various species of trees.
The goal is to plant young trees and shrubs along stream corridors.
Laura Grant from the DEC says what we can expect down the road from this simple act today.
"There will be a forested buffer here. For the people walking it helps people, it will shade the stream, and you get a greater diversity of fish in here," said Grant.
The trees and shrubs will help prevent erosion, increase flood water retention and improve wildlife and stream habitat.