April 2012


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


Peter Wohl, Capital Regional Director, Empire State Development, Regional Economic Development Council

Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

On Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 the Hudson River Valley Greenway held a joint Board meeting at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY. The Board and meeting attendees were welcomed by Town of Hyde Park Supervisor Aileen Rohr. The meeting featured presentations from various New York State Agencies on upcoming grant and funding opportunities, including NYS Empire State Development; NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Department of State; Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Office of General Services; and Department of Transport

ation. Handouts and summaries from the presentations are available on the Greenway website here.


The next Hudson River Valley Greenway  Joint Board Meeting will be held on June 7, 2012. More details to follow.


Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Projects to Upgrade State Parks and Historic Sites in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $6.8 million investment for NY Works projects to upgrade and repair five parks in the Capital Region (Read more...), and a $34 million investment to upgrade and repair nine parks, two historic sites and one ski facility in the Hudson Valley (Read more...). The Hudson Valley sites slated for improvement include designated Greenway trail the Old Croton Aqueduct, and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Sites Olana and Staatsburgh State Historic Sites. New York Works is designed to reinvent state economic development with innovative new strategy that will put New Yorkers back to work rebuilding the state's infrastructure. The Task Force will help create tens of thousands of jobs by coordinating comprehensive capital plans, overseeing investment in infrastructure projects, and accelerating hundreds of critical projects across the state. 



New Greenway Communities
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to welcome the Village of East Nassau and the Town of Stephentown, both in Rensselaer County, as newly designated Greenway Communities. This brings the total number of Greenway communities to 269.

Greenway Community Grants
At the board meeting, two Greenway Community Grants were awarded: the Village of Walden, Orange County, received $10,000 for a Waterfront Plan; and the Town of Shandaken, Ulster County, was awarded $7,500 for a Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  


Dutchess County Trail Conference

The Winnakee Land Trust is partnering with the Greenway and others for a day-long trail conference on April 21, 2012.  Read more...

Save the Date for Hudson River Day!

Paddlers on Hudson
Photo by Scott Keller

On Saturday, July 21, 2012 the fourth annual Hudson River Day will offer numerous river and riverfront community events that will span the length of the Hudson from New York to Albany. This collaborative celebration is presented by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Hudson Valley Greenway and many other partners. The first Hudson River Day was held in 2009 as part of the region-wide Quadricentennial festivities and over the past three years has become an annual tradition. For additional details, information on coordinating a Hudson River Day program, or participating in scheduled events contact: Candi Sterling at
cmsterli@gw.dec.state.ny.us or call 845-256-3016.  


Riverkeeper Sweep
The Riverkeeper Sweep is a day of service for the Hudson River. On June 2, 2012, Riverkeeper will engage volunteers throughout the Hudson River region, empowering them to organize and participate in service projects that benefit the river, from cleanups to outreach and activism. Read more.... 


Heritage Weekend 2012: Register your event or upload a special offer 

The 2012 state-wide Heritage Weekend celebration will take place during the weekend of May 19th and May 20th, 2012. Please join us for this incredible celebration of NYS Heritage! Heritage Weekend events can include special programs, free admission, discounts or any event that celebrates our heritage. Historic sites, museums, architecturally significant buildings, local historians and historical societies, battlefields, historic districts, and any resources that connect directly with New York State heritage are all invited to participate. Last year Heritage Weekend was attended by more than 20,000 New Yorkers and visitors alike. Showcase your promotional offer for free on our website today! 







Join the WAVE!

How healthy is your stream? Help NYS DEC find out! WAVE, or Wadeable Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators, is a simple stream assessment that can be performed by most everyone. Volunteers visit streams from July to October, collecting and and preserving stream organisms for identification by NYS DEC personnel. WAVE data will be included in state and federal water quality reports, and will be used to target restoration efforts where they are most needed. Contact Alene Onion at 518-402-8166. Read more...


NYS Environmental Excellence Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 9th annual NYS Environmental Excellence Awards.
Get visibility and recognition for your outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs that are improving and protecting New York's environmental resources and contributing to a viable economy. Read more...


Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012 

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art invites artists to submit proposals for its annual exhibition of work by artists from the mid Hudson Valley. The exhibition will run from June 23 - November 4, 2012 in the museum's Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. Read more...

Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants will be due May 11th for our June Board Meeting. Read more...


Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

Provides grant funds for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites. Read more...


Scholarships Available for Environmental Masters Programs 

Bard Center for Environmental Policy is pleased to announce two new $20,000 scholarships for graduate study leading to the Masters Degree in Environmental Policy or Climate Science and Policy. The two new scholarships, the Rachel Carson Scholarship and the Wangari Maathai Scholarship, are available to current and future CEP applicants. These scholarships are awarded to future leaders in sustainability. The application deadline is May 15th. Read more...


Hurricane Irene -- Tropical Storm Lee Flood Mitigation Grant Program

Applications are being accepted from counties for flood mitigation and flood control projects in creeks, streams, and brooks impacted by Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee. The Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) administers this program in collaboration with NYSDEC. The total amount of funding available is $9 million. Grants will range from a minimum of $300,000 to a maximum of $500,000 per county for eligible projects, which include stream bank restoration. Read more...  (April 22)


Agriculture Disaster Energy Efficiency Program
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications for the Agriculture Disaster Energy Efficiency Program. The program aims to assist farms and on-farm producers damaged by Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee. Under the program, funding is available for energy-efficient repair and replacement of damaged electric and natural gas systems and equipment that were damaged during the storms in non-residential facilities. Read more... (April 30)

The Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Protection (EMEP) Program has $3 Million available for projects that address important research gaps or information needs related to climate change adaptation in NYS. Read more...  (April 5)


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)  


EventsRegional Events

April 9 

Spring Recess: Fishing the Hudson!
Spend spring break on the Hudson aboard a 50' fishing vessel with Beczak educators and Captain Chris of Island Current Charters. Bait your own rod and reel while catching tomcod, catfish and striped bass. Set and haul up fish traps. Take the helm and blow the horn! Ages 8 and up (including adults)....

April 11
Reading Objects Gallery Talk with Jaclynne Kerner, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, at the Dorsky Museum

April 12 
Lecture on Eugene Ludins: An American Fantasist by Curator Susana Torruella LevalCo-sponsored by the Art History Association and The Honors Center at the Dorsky Museum

Fundraiser on the Island Current II
Enjoy an evening of fishing, music and mingling aboard the 50' Island Current II. This fundraiser for Beczak Environmental Education Center is specifically for environmentally minded singles. 

April 14
"Mean" Mary James in concert at Sand Lake Center for the Arts
"Mean Mary" James, a Florida native now based in Nashville, will perform in concert at 8pm. Her life has been one long road show interspersed with TV, radio, and film. 


Manitoga Volunteer Landscape Day

Members of Manitoga's Woodland Landscape Council and staff provide special training for teams working on major projects to ready the site for the season, and keep the landscape looking good according to Russel Wright's outdoor design plan.


April 15-17
This year's conference offers several programs related to urban and/or downtown issues. These include "Designing Urban Bikeways," "Multi-Generational Design in Community Planning," "Context Sensitive Design," "Developing a Viable Downtown" and "Public Health Considerations in Community Design." 


April 20
Examine the SEQRA Scoping process and means of assessment preceding an environmental review; updated EAF's, and the handling of project/applicant extensions; more. 


April 21
The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee organizes cleanup of the Kingston Link Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep presented by the Friends of Historic Kingston and Kingston Parks and Recreation Department Volunteers are invited to help clear the "Kingston Link Trail", a section of the old O&W rail bed beginning at the Super 8 Motel at 487 Washington Avenue in Uptown Kingston, NY. 


April 22
The photography of Jerry Freedner at The Sand Lake Center for the Arts Gallery - from April 1 - May 15. Early spring seems to be a great time to connect with the absolutely wonderful nature photographs of Jerry Freedner.  
April 23 & 30 
These courses are free and fulfill the certification requirement for municipal, planning and zoning board members as well as provide three hours of training for each course for each member towards their four-hour State training requirement. Interested members of the public are also welcome to attend. 


April 24
Trainers from the NYS Department of State will present the latest information on topics that are important to you. Session 1: Zoning Board of Appeals Overview; Session 2: Site Plan Review 


April 28
The day-long forum will bring together knowledgeable speakers from the field of preservation, with a focus on the evolution of our understanding of and approach to preservation in the last century. At the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Library and Museum, Hyde Park. 
Brigade of the American Revolution Encampment at the New Windsor Cantonment
Revolutionary War historians, dressed in period clothing, perform military drill and battle demonstrations at 2:00 PM each day. The program runs Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

From Close-Up to Afar: Historical Clothing in Museum and Media
Explore what it means to create historical clothing--both in the creation of reproduction period clothing for museum exhibits and staff, and the less-than-perfect costumes quickly assembled for museum film. Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site and Crailo

May 4 
Opening Reception at the Dorsky Museum
Opening Reception for BFA Thesis Exhibition II. Exhibition II will be open daily, Fri-Tues 11-5

May 6 
First Sunday Free Gallery Tour of Eugene Ludins: An American Fantasist with Guest Educator Kevin Cook at the Dorsky Musem


Do you have an heritage event you would like to list? Go to our website and submit one today!

ProjectspotProject Spotlight
Inspiration, Design, and Nature: Manitoga's New Tour Podcasts

In 2010, the Greenway awarded a Conservancy Small Grant to Manitoga/
The Russel Wright Design Center, a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, for development of the Russel Wright Hudson Highland's Tour.  Through this project, staff at Manitoga developed a new narrative for a tour and
Manitoga Podcast
Emily Phillips, Landscape Manager and Doug Milne, Landscape Intern previewing the Lost Pond Podcast. Photo by Vivian Linares
podcast for use while hiking along the Lost Pond trail on Manitoga's grounds, a designated Greenway trail. The tour draws on Wright's philosophies of designing in harmony with nature, and helps to enhance the experience of touring the grounds. 
On Manitoga's website, visitors can download the Lost Pond podcast to learn about Russel Wright's inspirations, design intent, and vision for Manitoga. Users can listen from home, or visit and take the 2-mile hike along the white path to Lost Pond. Markers located on the trail refer to specific chapters in the podcast.
The Greenway is pleased to contribute to projects that enhance the visitor experience to trails, and encourage trail users to find out more about the history and environment around them. 
GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



When you are picking up food, going to the bank or even filling a prescription, park your vehicle and walk inside instead of using the drive through (aka drive thru). It will cut down on unnecessary fuel use as well as carbon emissions.

Every time you use a drive through, you burn about 18 cents worth of gas idling your car. Estimates for total fuel costs for idling in front of every drive through in America are in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  

Read more: The Daily Green

(All information courtesy of the Daily Green)


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