February 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


DATE CHAGE: Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

The next Hudson River Valley Greenway  Joint Board Meeting will be held on March 21, 2012, at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY.  Read More...  


Deputy County Planning Commissioner Arlene Miller presents the Rockland County Compact Plan to the Greenway Board

Greenway Approves Rockland County Compact

The Hudson River Valley 

Greenway Communities Council approved Rockland County's Greenway Compact strategy at its

 board meeting in Hyde Park on January 18, 2012.  Often referred to as "grass roots regional 

planning," Greenway Compacts are locally directed voluntary regional planning documents that serve as guidance for municipalities to incorporate the balanced "Greenway Criteria" and a regional perspective in local planning and land use decisions. Rockland joins Dutchess, Westchester and Putnam counties in the Greenway Compact.  Read more...







Growing in a Green Way: The Past and Future of Greenway 

The Dutchess County Planning Federation eNewsletter includes a great look at the Greenway Compact Program and its benefits for Hudson Valley Communities. Read more...


Greenway Office Move

The Greenway and National Heritage Area staff will be moving offices this month, relocating to the DEC building on Broadway in Albany. Our address will be different but our phone number and email addresses will remain the same. We will send out further information on how to reach us by mail once the move is complete.


Dutchess County Trail Conference
More information is now available on the April 21, 2012 Dutchess County Trail Conference. The Greenway is partnering with the Winnakee Land Trust for this day-long conference.  Read more...

Columbia County Trails Roundtable
It has been almost one year since the Columbia County Trails Conference last April, and a lot of planning and design work on county trails is underway.  This is a great time to check in with each other to learn about recent developments and pool ideas for advancing projects.
The Columbia Land Conservancy is hosting a Columbia County Trails Roundtable at the end of March. The exact date and location are yet to be determined, so please contact Ellen Jouret-Epstein, Community Projects Manager at CLC, for more information. 

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. Help your business kick-off the summer tourism season with Heritage Weekend. 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! 


One Author's Memoir Of Hudson River Experiences
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Susan Fox Rogers has published a memoir of her life and the role the Hudson River has played in it. From the Cornell Press website:  "Woven into Rogers's intimate exploration of the river is the story of her life as a woman in the outdoors-rock climbing and hiking as well as kayaking." Susan joined the kayakers on the Great Hudson River Paddle, and below is an excerpt from her book where she talks about that experience:


"It was hard at first, to know what I was seeing, a sort of glittering explosion of color on the water, like one of those kaleidoscope tubes I looked into as a kid. The sun, rising behind me, made the colors of yellow, red, blue, and white shatter. Dizzy, I looked away. As the kayakers approached, their boats became distinct, separated, but not by much: over thirty boats, most sleek fiberglass or Kevlar with a few wooden boats wedged in, swarmed the Esopus, which runs out of Saugerties.

At the head of the pack was Dan, whom I had met on the river when I was paddling with Emmet. He greeted me cheerfully as he led this group of kayakers participating in the Great Hudson River Paddle on their journey from Albany to Manhattan. On this day, they would journey from Saugerties to Norrie Point. This was their fourth day on the river; some would make the whole journey; others like me were there just for the day, to catch some of the fun of this event--a sort of watery parade. But I also wanted to meet other kayakers.

The Great Hudson River Paddle, which had its first run in 2000 (sic), is a state initiative, part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway. To have kayakers paddling and camping along the river is but one means to get people to come back to the river, to see what was once a polluted waterway as a green (or greening) ribbon, a place to play and even to swim.

The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail is a small boat trail along portions of the lower Hudson River and is a component of the Hudson River Greenway Trail System.  The Water Trail contains access points (launches), campsites and day use sites (attractions) along 256 miles of the Hudson River and Champlain Canal.

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...


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)  

Watershed Management Funding Assistance To support projects that mitigate flooding and increase watershed and climate resiliency, protect and maintain healthy watersheds, and advance restoration of impacted streams and rivers for people and wildlife. (February 29) Read more...


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)  


Trees for Tribs The Hudson River Estuary Program's Trees for Tribs initiative offers free native trees and shrubs for streamside buffer planting/restoration projects in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. Since 2007 the program has been responsible for planting more than 24,000 native trees and shrubs along 60,000 feet of stream with the help of thousands of local volunteers. (March 1) Read more...  


2012 Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards  

Each year the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation. Read more... (March 15)  

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...

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...


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

February 11
I Love Books
Celebrate Valentine's Day at I LOVE BOOKS, a book fair for all ages featuring books that explore nature, encourage kids' curiosity, and are bestselling great reads.   


Chris Shaw and Bridget Ball in concert  at Sand Lake Center for the Arts
You'll be captured forever 'neath the North Country's spell as you listen to their music, laugh at Chris'stall tales, and maybe even get up to dance to the Cold River Waltz. 


February 12
Black Patriots Revealed: African-Americans in the Continental Army
Several thousand African-Americans served in the Patriot ranks, during the Revolution. Both freemen and slaves fought alongside white soldiers, in integrated regiments, a practice which would not occur again until the Korean War. In celebration of Black History Month, learn about the vital role that...

February 19
Sand Lake Center for the Arts Gallery presents Averill Park Central School District Student Show from Feb. 16 - March 31. Kindergarten to grade 12. Artist reception on Feb. 19 from 1 - 3pm. 


The War of 1812 in American Caricature with Dr. Allison Stagg

This lecture will consider key events from the War of 1812 by exploring satirical visual imagery. Political cartoons were printed with immediacy to capitalize on sensational events and to mock prominent politicians and figures, while extolling pride in the American cause.


February 19-20
Celebrate Washington's Birthday at the Continental Army Winter Encampment in New Windsor
During the winter of 1782-83, the soldiers of the northern Continental Army anxiously waited, in New Windsor, for news of the peace treaty. Though peace might be announced, Washington still ordered his soldiers to train for battle.

February 25
Framing The Viewshed: A Bend in the RiverAn Insider Account of the Hudson Valley's 1979 Nuclear Decision
The Olana Partnership hosts a panel discussion about a little-known episode in Hudson Valley history. For the first time, some key players will unite to discuss what could have been, why it never happened, and how the nationally significant views from Olana played a role in changing visual impact law.

February 26
The Kingsmen of Columbia University Salute John and Sarah Livingston Jay in Song
JHC welcomes Columbia's premier male a cappella singing group, the Kingsmen, who, inspired by the life and loves of fellow "King's College" alum (Class of 1764), John Jay, will perform a selection of famous tunes from ballads to beatbox sure to delight all audiences. 

March 4
Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Irish Step Dancers 
Sundays at the Center present Irish Step Dancing with members of the Farrell School of Irish Dance Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day just a couple of weeks early with this very special opportunity. 

The Last Encampment of the Northern Continental Army
Presentation on General Washington's main army of over 7,000 soldiers and 500 famiily members encamped at New Windsor over the winter of 1782-83.  


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

ProjectspotProject Spotlight
 Wallkill Valley Rail Trail & Hudson Valley Rail Trail Link Feasibility Study
In 2009, The Southern Ulster Alliance received a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program to do a feasibility study for a connection trail to join two existing designated Greenway trails, the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. The study, adopted in December, 2011, highlights some of the opportunities that
could result from this project, and illustrates that this forward-thinking and attractive system provides for the widest possible range of trail users. 
With the help of planners from Ulster County, the
Hudson River Valley Greenway and the municipalities of the Town of New Paltz, Village of New Paltz, Town of Lloyd, Town of Gardiner, Town of Marlboro and the Town of Plattekill, the Southern Ulster Alliance was able to progress the idea and prove the feasibility of the trail, while exposing the
overwhelming benefits to be gained by the
surrounding communities.

This report is intended to provide the information and organization needed to take the next step from
conceptual idea towards the construction projects that will make the trail link a reality.

Projects like this one help to advance the Greenway's vision of a regional trail system in the Hudson Valley, which provides recreation and transportation for residents and visitors. 

(Source: Barton & Loguidice)
GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



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