- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state landowners whose property borders rivers and lakes can apply for a bag of free seedlings to prevent soil erosion.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is announcing the “Buffer in a Bag” program on Wednesday.

Landowners with New York state property that borders at least 50 feet of a stream, river, or lake can apply to receive a bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting along the water’s edge.

The trees are intended to help stabilize banks, decrease erosion, protect water quality and improve wildlife habitat.

Applications are due April 3. Trees will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

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