December 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        Heritage Spotlight                      Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew


Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

The next Hudson River Valley Greenway Joint Board Meeting will be on January 18, 2012,

at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY.   


Heritage Area Guidebooks Available for the Holidays!Guidebook Cover

National Heritage Area guidebooks make a great stocking stuffer! The guide is a user-friendly, must-have companion to the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and the Heritage Sites within are places where you can still see the people, experience the landscape, and hear the stories that shaped our national story.Each Heritage Site profile page includes a full-color picture, a description of the site and its significance, contact information, address, and GPS coordinates to make it easy to explore these resources. You can also explore sites by themes, including architecture; Revolutionary War; art, artists, and the Hudson River school; freedom and dignity; landscapes and gardens; and environment.  Find them here!  

Greenway Pursuing National Heritage Area Reauthorization Bill
The Greenway is participating in a consortium of twelve National Heritage Areas in pursuing a reauthorization bill in Congress. The bill would extend the authorizations for all twelve NHAs by four years.  Read more...
National Park Service Evaluation of Greenway to Begin
A kick off conference call with the National Park Service and the evaluation team from the Center for Park Management (CPM) took place on November 22. The evaluation is designed to answer the following questions, outlined in the legislation: Based on its authorizing legislation and general management plan, has the Heritage Area achieved its proposed accomplishments? What have been the impacts of investments made by Federal, State, Tribal and local government and private entities? How do the Heritage Areas management structure partnership relationships and current funding contribute to its sustainability? Read more... 
General George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau (pointing) review their plans to besiege the British at Yorktown. Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource
Greenway to Begin Interpretive Project on the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
In 2007, the Greenway was awarded a $300,000 TEP grant for the interpretation of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, now a National Historic Trails administered by the National Park Service (NPS).  Read more... 

Dutchess County Trail Conference
On the heels of the successful Ulster County Trail Conference in November, the Greenway is partnering with the Winnakee Land Trust for the April 21, 2012 Dutchess County Trail Conference.  Read more...

Ulster County Trail Conference Presentations Online   
Select presentations from the November 5th Ulster County Trail Conference can be found on the Greenway website.



Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants will be due December 16th for our January Board Meeting. Read more...


Community Planning Assistance. If your community has a project suitable for a Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT), the American Planning Association is now accepting applications. Read more... (December 13 and January 13) 


IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, $50 million grant program in which IBM's top technical experts and consultants provide actionable advice to urban center. Read more... (December 16)

Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program 2012-13 

Capital District Transportation Committee is soliciting for projects for the 2012-2013 Linkage Program. The focus of this solicitation is on implementation activities related to completed linkage studies or other local planning work such as site design standards, zoning code overlays, etc. Read more... (January 6)  

 Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space invites designers to conceive a fresh vision of environmental, social, and economic opportunities on and beyond a 9-acre site at the heart of Seattle Center. Read more...

(January 6) 


Every Day 2012 Grants

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) Every Day Grants will strengthen the stewardship of public lands by strengthening Friends Groups through funding for organizational capacity building.  NEEF will award 25 grants of up to $5,000 each to these organizations. (January 13) Read more...


Social, Economic, Environmental Design (SEED) Network Second Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design to showcase and promote design projects that help create socially, economically and environmentally healthy communities. Winners will receive an all expense paid trip to present at Structures of Inclusion 2012, a $1,000 cash prize, and feature in a documentary series. Read more... (January 16) 


Urban Waters Small Grants (EPA) will fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. Read more...

(January 23)  


The Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards 

The Awards provide financial support to the "pairing" of young leaders and exemplary projects that make significant contributions in environmental conservation, historic preservation, tourism and the arts in the Hudson River Valley. The Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards were created in 2007 to honor Barnabas McHenry's extensive contributions and accomplishments, to celebrate Barney's leadership, and to foster future leaders in the Hudson River Valley. Read more... (February 17)  

Our Town  FY2012  The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $150,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Read more... (March 1)  


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


December 1-24

A Gilded Age Christmas at Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Enjoy the sumptuously decorated historic mansion, house tours, an award-winning gift shop and majestic Hudson River setting!  


December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
Circle Theatre Players presents 'Twas the Land of the Night Before
Circle Theatre Players production of 'Twas the Land of the Night Before, by Bill Douglas and Steve Suriano, is a warm and funny story and the perfect way to enter into the spirit of the holidays. 

December 10
RiverTalks: Do Fish Sleep?
Take a fascinating look at the amazing fishes of the world with Judith Weis, professor of biological sciences at Rutgers University. 


December 16, 17
Christmas with the Ellisons
Tour by candlelight the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion decorated for the season in 18th century fashion. 

December 26, 27, 28
Open House at Knox's Headquarters
Tour the elegant 1754 historic house decorated for the season in 18th century fashion.

December 27
Winter Welcome Week
Come to Headquarters and find out what was happening the final winter of the American Revolution.

January 7
Twelfth Night Open House
Museum open house with costumed interpreters and open hearth cooking demonstrations in the cellar kitchen.



HeritageSpotlightHeritage Spotlight

  Heritage Weekend 2012


  Everyone from New York City to Albany to Buffalo, and everywhere in between, is invited to become part of an exciting state-wide event - New York Heritage Weekend. Now in its 3rd year, Heritage Weekend will kick-off the summer tourism season on May 19th and 20th, 2012. Last year Heritage Weekend was made possible through partnerships with 143 federal, state, and private organizations, with the contribution of more than 1,160 volunteers. Not only does this weekend celebrate our unique heritage but it also boosts our local economy. Heritage Weekend events attracted nearly 20,000 visitors and generated an estimated economic impact topping $1.6 million dollars.  
Crailo Heritage Weekend
Heritage Weekend 2011 at Fort Crailo

Heritage Weekend events include a variety of programs, lectures, tours, and re-enactments that showcase our rich, nationally significant cultural heritage and celebrates the diversity of New York State history. Historic sites, museums, architecturally significant buildings, local historians and historical societies, battlefields, historic districts, community groups and any organizations that work to connect directly with New York State heritage are all invited to participate and get involved. Common areas of interest include: Military History, Arts and Culture, and Corridor of Commerce. Participating partners will soon be able to enter their events on our website, for Heritage Weekend 2012. For more information contact Allison at



ProjectspotProject Spotlight
 Town of Halfmoon Greenway Water Trail Site
The Town of Half Moon, Saratoga County was awarded a Hudson River Greenway Water Trail grant in June 2009 to construct a new launch site on the Hudson River/Champlain Canal. The grant was one part of the creation of a larger waterfront park in the Town. The new park, Lighthouse Wate
Halfmoon construction
Construction on the Halfmoon Launch 
rfront Park, is now open to the public, although the docks have been pulled for the year. 

In addition to disabled accessible docks, there are flush toilets, a picnic pavilion and a lookout over the Champlain Canal. The site will also be getting two kayak storage units installed in the spring. The Greenway provided $35,000 towards construction of the docks. The Greenway's grant was matched by nearly $110,000 in engineering and in-kind services.
Halfmoon dock
The completed dock at Halfmoon


The Halfmoon Site is one of 94 access points along the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail.

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month




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