August 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

Greenway and PTNY Release Guide to Cycling the Hudson Valley

The adventure, sightseeing, and outstanding bicycling awaiting visitors to New York's famed cycling guidebook Hudson River Valley are highlighted in the new guidebook Cycling the Hudson Valley: A guide to history, art, and nature on the east and west sides of the majestic Hudson River. The guidebook describes in vivid detail one of New York's most beautiful, historic, and environmentally and culturally rich regions.   Read more...


Path Through History Conference

Recently, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a major statewide initiative, Path Through History, with the goal to connect and enrich New York State's unparalleled historic assets while also bolstering tourism and economic development. New York's history is central to many of the nation's most defining events and home to many of its most influential people.
On August 28th, Governor Cuomo will host a statewide Path Through History conference in Albany at the Empire State Plaza, bringing together for the first time New York's network of museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for historians, regional tourism officials, marketing experts and other stakeholders to learn more about the multi-billion dollar historic and cultural tourism industry and plan how it can be of benefit to your community. To RSVP, please follow this link to the Path Through History online reservation system: Read more...


Last Chance for 2012 Greenway Conservancy Small Grants Program for Trails 

Applications are now available for the 2012 Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program. Applications must be postmarked by August 17th. A total of $50,000 is available for matching grants in this year's program.  The program offers funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation.  Emphasis is placed on trail projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Vision Plan, fill in identified gaps in the Greenway Trail System, and make improvements to designated Greenway Trails. Read more...  


Get Ready for Adventure: The 13th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble!


The Ramble website is stocked with events, including guided walks, hikes, bike tours, kayak or canoe trips; a family-fun festival or a river exploration. The Hudson River Valley Ramble booklet can be found in the August issue of Chronogram Magazine, and throughout the Hudson Valley at tourism and heritage destinations. Visit to find an event and plan your September adventures!






Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Consortium Seeks Input

Do you have project ideas about how to make your region a healthier and more sustainable place to live, work, and enjoy? A regional sustainability plan is being developed for the Mid-Hudson region, which includes Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester, and Rockland Counties. This planning effort, led by the newly formed Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Consortium, is the first phase of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program announced by Governor Cuomo in 2011. Log onto the fully interactive website ( have your voices heard. Read more...


Capital Region Sustainability Plan

Capital Region residents are invited to share their input on a regional sustainability plan. The  is expected to include recommendations on land use, housing, transportation, infrastructure, energy and environmental practices. It also will highlight opportunities for achieving greenhouse gas reductions, energy efficiency savings and/or renewable energy deployment while enhancing job creation, economic investment and development consistent with the Regional Economic Development Council's strategic plan.  Read more...


4th Annual Hudson River Day a Great Success!

On Saturday, July 21, 2012 the fourth annual Hudson River Day featured numerous river and riverfront community events spanning the length of the Hudson from New York to Albany. This collaborative celebration was presented by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Hudson River Valley Greenway and many other partners. Thank you to everyone who participated in this incredible event and helped to make it successful this year!  


Greenway in the News!

Great projects are underway in two Greenway communities! Read more...  


Upstate APA Conference 

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association is hosting their Annual Chapter Conference in Corning, New York  from September 19-21. Conference registration is now open. Read more....

Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants are due September 7th for our October Board Meeting. Read more...


Greenway Conservancy Small Grants for Trails

A total of $50,000 in matching funds is available for this year's Conservancy Small Grants program. The program offers funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation. Read more...  (August 17)


Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

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


America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors 2012 Grants 

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Forest Service and The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have launched a grant program aimed at increasing the number of youth recreating, learning and volunteering on public lands.  Read more... (September 19)

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) 

The Preservation League of New York State is pleased to announce the availability of Technical Assistance Grants. This program provides support for discrete projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources. Read more...  (October 1)  


NYS Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program

The SRTS Program promotes safe, healthy alternatives to riding the bus or being driven 
to school. Prospective sponsors are highly encouraged to attend a Safe Routes to School Workshop and familiarize themselves with the requirements of the program. Read more... (October 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


August 10

Elegy for Graveyards

Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents collaborative composer and sound artist Kohji Setoh 


August 11

John Jay Homestead Farm Market & Second Saturday Family Fun

Choice fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, fragrance items, and other fine locally produced products will be available for sale every Saturday morning through October 13. Families with children aged 3 to 10 can visit our Potting Shed to learn about our gardens, make a sachet, and participate in a scavenger hunt.


Self Made Man Man Made Land

Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents "Ursula Eagly's project is constructed by two dancers and a musician using movement, voice, and live recording to raise a structure together. 


A Revolutionary Camp at Night

At the Historic Huts, owned by the Town of New Windsor, experience by candlelight, military drills, musket firings, and other period activities.


August 12

The Champlain Canal and the Revolutionary Road to Saratoga 

A 20-mile guided bicycle tour in the Champlain Canalway Trail corridor. Revolutionary War historic sites and Champlain Canal features will be visited on the tour, including Hudson Crossing Park and Champlain Canal Lock 5, the Schuyler House, the Champlain Canalway Towpath Trail and Saratoga National Historic Park.  Phone: 518-225-4209 or email at   


August 13

Hudson Valley Climate Change Workshop

Join members of the Hudson Valley Climate Change Network at an informative afternoon with researchers from Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension who will present their current research related to the Hudson River watersheds and climate change.     


August 25

Ceremonial Meal at the Dorsky Museum

Ceremonial meal with artist Mary Anne Davis, "Mala Meal." Local foods will be shared to honor Mother Nature's bounty and inspire spiritual connections. All ages welcome.


Gallery Talk at the Dorsky Museum

Gallery talk with Linda Weintraub, curator of Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012


September 8

Art Demonstration at the Dorsky Museum

Hudson Valley artist Barbara Bash will show examples of her journaling work and demonstrate the heaven, earth and human principles at the heart of this process in a spontaneous drawing and writing performance.


September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

13th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble: More than 165 Outdoor Adventures in the Hudson River Valley


September 8

Opening Reception at the Dorsky Museum

Opening Reception for Russel Wright: The Nature of Design and Shinohara Pops! The Avant-Garde Road, Tokyo/New York.



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

ProjectspotProject Spotlight
A Plan for Green Urban Land Use in the City of Newburgh 
The City of Newburgh was awarded a $5,000 Greenway Communities Grant to address vacant land issues in the city. After mapping the city's vacant areas and hosting public workshops, it was determined that community gardens would be appropriate in several areas. The City worked with PathStone Community Improvement of Newburgh and other essential partners including Glynwood, Inc., the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, and Groundwork Hudson Valley to launch a pilot community garden at the Newburgh Armory. Through this project the group has been able to gauge community investment, interest and capacity. This group constructed a 21-bed community garden with a shed and supplied tools, seeds, seedlings, and weekly instruction provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension. The garden was advertised broadly to residents and organizations. newburghland
Individuals and families actively participated in the garden in the first year, as well as non-profit service organizations in the City. There was great demand for the products of the garden from local soup kitchens and pantries which struggle to meet demand and seldom have fresh produce. Hundreds of pounds of food were delivered to these emergency food providers over the growing season. With generous support from other partners and donors, and in-kind donations of technical help, work wil begin on several lots this spring and summer (2012). These parcels will be used to provide summer employment and technical training to four city residents while creating more opportunities for residents and organizations to become involved in gardening and the related community benefits. garden


Year 2 of the Greenway Plan will be dedicated to the "green" rehabilitation of small lots through continued partnerships with community based organizations to create "pocket parks" that install community amenities such as benches and other seating combined with planting grasses and plants that require little light and low levels of care. With community attention, these small lots can be revitalizing features for a block.

(excerpted from the PathStone Grant Report)

The Greenway is so pleased to be able to fund projects like this one, that revitalize communities and create economic opportunities, while also providing fresh locally grown food for residents. 

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



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