September 2011


Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Sara Griffen, Acting Chair Greenway Conservancy, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director Greenway, Acting Director National Heritage Area  


In This Issue

What's New?            Upcoming Grant Opportunities       Regional Events 

Project Spotlight                      Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew



What You Can Do to Help Rebuild Communities and Trails this Weekend

Governor Cuomo has announced the Labor for your Neighbor initiative to help New York State residents recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene. Read More...


The NY-NJ Trail Conference is keeping tabs on trail and park closures in the Hudson Valley in the wake of last weekend's storm. Read More...


President Obama has declared NYS a federal disaster area, and emergency funding is available to people in the counties of Albany, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Ulster. Applications can be made starting September 1 at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).


Hudson River Valley Ramble About to Begin!

 The Hudson River Valley Ramble will take place September 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25. Nearly 200 hikes, bike tours, walks, paddles, festivals, river explorations and historic site tours will be held throughout the region. Read More... 2011 Ramble Cover


Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Joint Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and the Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley, Inc. will be held of Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 9:30 AM.The Meeting will take place at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park, NY. For more information, contact the Greenway at 518-473-3835.


OurHudson Barge Tour


This fall the river carries your ideas for the future aboard the Pennsylvania Railroad Barge # 399, an artifact of a lost industrial era remade as a floating town hall, exhibition space, and movie theater.
Pennsy 399 will tour New York river towns and cities premiering a documentary film about our region's challenges and opportunities.  Read more...


Greenway Seeks Printing Services

The Greenway requests competitive bids from qualified firms to provide printing services for the National Heritage Area's Map/Guide Series. Read More... 


SUNY Sustainability Conference 

 September 19-20, 2011 Saratoga Springs, NY - This upcoming conference will highlight energy efficiency and operations at SUNY schools, but all private and public institutions are invited. Read more...


Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants will be due September 9th for our October Board Meeting. The following due date for applications will be December 9th for our January Board Meeting. Read More... 


NOAA's Climate Program Office will be accepting applications for 12 competitions, organized around CPO's four major programs: (1) Climate observations and monitoring; (2) Earth system science (ESS); (3) modeling, analysis, predictions, and projections (MAPP); (4) Climate and societal interactions (CSI). (October 3) Read More... 


NOAA Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011  

NOAA Sea Grant is planning to make a total of $1 million available for a national competition to fund climate adaptation in coastal communities. Climate adaptation projects can request a maximum of $100K in federal funds. Matching funds are required. (November 22) Read More...


 FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance FEMA HMA programs provide funding for certain mitigation activities that act to reduce disaster losses, while protecting life and property from future damages. The five grant programs within FEMA HMA include: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP), Pre-disaster mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC), and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL). (Dec. 2) Read more...


Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) Offered through NSF, as well as the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), this grant is focused on understanding and predicting interactions between water systems and climate change, land use, built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models. (October 19) Read More...


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation State Assistance Programs for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste programs.

Read More... (Ongoing)   



NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Technical Assistance Grants for community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community Read More... (Ongoing) 



Enterprise Green Communities to help cover costs of planning and implementing green components of affordable housing developments, as well as tracking their costs and benefits. Read More... (Ongoing)  



BJ's Charitable Foundation to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. Read More... (Ongoing) 

EventsRegional Events

September 10-11, 17-18, 24-25

12th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble Nearly 200 guided walks, hikes, paddles, and biking adventures, estuary explorations, heritage site tours and cultural events from the Capital Region to New York City.


September 1 - October 30


Anton Otto Fischer: Enjoy this exhibit of works by noted marine artist and "Saturday Evening Post" illustrator at the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery.  


September 4 

First Sunday Free Gallery Tour: Tour the galleries of The Dorsky museum with our guest educator. 


Trade Partners:  Each program features Native American demonstrations in skills and art and is free to the public.


September 10 


RiverTalks: the fun way to keep on learning: Hudson River Presentation by John Cronin: The former Hudson Riverkeeper and current Director of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, offers his thoughts on the future of the Hudson River and updates on the world's waters.


September 19


SEQRA Overview, Recent Revisions to the EAF,and Environmental Justice: Orange County 

Municipal Planning Federation  


September 24 

Hudson Valley Artists 2011 gallery talks:  The second in a series of three talks to be given by this years Hudson Valley Artists.


National Park Fee Free Days:  National Park Service waives admission fees on selected dates throughout 2011.


September 27 

 Understanding Traffic Studies and Regional Transportation Planning:  Orange County 

Municipal Planning Federation  


October 5

 Enforceability of Easements and Declarations; Related Topics in Land Use Conservation 


October 12

Focus on Orange County's Cities: Overview of current economic development trends, and a discussion on the local and regional issues which challenge economic growth.


October 21

 Full-Day Session - Planning & Zoning Boards 

Learn basic site plan interpretation and hands-on map reading, explore legal matters and case

law related to zoning boards, and discuss the relationship between the two.

HeritageSpotlightProject Spotlight

Greenway Shawangunk Connections 


    In the fall of 2008, the Greenway Conservancy approved a $5,000  Grant to the Mohonk Preserve for the Northern Shawangunk Ridge Trail Connection Planning Project. The project identifed additional trail connections to Mohonk Preserve lands. The Ridge has been designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of its original 75 "Last Great Places on Earth" for landscape-level biodiversity conservation in the Western Hemisphere, and retains the highest possible biodiversity ranking within the New York Natural Heritage Program's system. The area is dominated by highly diverse, ecologically-sensitive habitats that are home to important and rare plant and animal species. This mosaic of habitats exists thanks to groups like the Mohonk Preserve that protect against infrastructure and land use.

Mohonk Trails
Trails at Mohonk Preserve


     Driven by the organization's recent acquisition of more than 140 acres of new land, key goals for the planning process included providing enhanced recreational opportunities for hikers, bikers, equestrians and others in the area while ensuring land protection priorities. The Northern Shawangunk Ridge Trail Connection Plan advances the goals of the Greenway by helping tie together the diverse resources and communities of the Hudson River Valley, and promoting the vision of a diverse regional trail system. Phase one of the study included thorough public outreach; contacting neighboring property owners, public and private agencies and organizations that may have an interest in the study area, its acquisition and the Management Plan. Mohonk Preserve's dedication to community and stakeholder involvement exemplifies the spirit and strength of partnerships, and the Greenway is proud to be a funding partner in this project.



GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



The best time to water plants is usually in the early morning, both to maximize the efficiency of water used and to promote healthy flora.


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