February 2013


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 

 Heritage Spotlight             Project Spotlight                Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew

Greenway 2012 Annual Report: A Year of Achievements

The Greenway was created to be a force for change in the Hudson River Valley. The Greenway, along with our partners, have sought to protect, promote and celebrate our natural, cultural, and historic resources, and these efforts have been greatly rewarded. Since 1991, we have seen an increase in recognition of the Hudson River Valley as a region, as a destination, and now, as a world class destination for its combination of scenic, cultural and historic assets. Thanks to a report by the National Park Service and Alliance of National Heritage Areas, we can even more effectively demonstrate the value of what we do:

Hidden Valley Ramble


  • Tourism generates over $4.7 billion dollars annually in the Hudson River Valley.
  • The National Heritage Area program generates $584,986,026 million in economic benefit, supports 6,530 jobs, and generates over $66.6 million in tax revenue*
  • The Hudson River Valley Ramble generates over $21 million per year*   

The following projects are examples of how the Greenway has contributed to those economic impacts during 2012:  

cycling guidebook

The Greenway is tremendously proud of these accomplishments, but they would not have been possible without our many partner agencies and organizations, volunteers and advocates, who work together to promote a shared vision. Thank you to all those who have contributed to these important programs, and we look forward to working with you in 2013.


Paddlers on Hudson
Paddlers on the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail















*The Economic Impact of National Heritage Areas: A Case Study Analysis of Six National Heritage Area Sites in the Northeast Region of the United States and Projections on the National Impact of All National Heritage Areas (Draft), TrippUmbach, 2013

Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Matching Grants are due February 13 for our March 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...


Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program

Approximately $540,000 is available from USFS, EPA, and NOAA through the Federal Urban Waters Partnership, along with funding from partners listed below, to improve water quality, increase access, and restore riparian and forest habitat in urban watersheds throughout the United States. Read more... (February 7)


2013 Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards

Awards to support projects in environmental conservation, historic preservation, the arts and to strengthen tourism in the Hudson Valley. Any nonprofit organization working in the Hudson Valley may nominate an undergraduate or graduate student candidate and the project that he or she will undertake. Read more... (February 15)  


Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources
requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and
enhancing the nation's water supply. Read more... (February 21)  


Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. Read more... (March 5)

National Environmental Education Foundation Every Day Event Grants

Every Day Event Grants provide funding to public land organizations, or Friends Groups, to engage their community on a public land site. These grants help fund events that are educational, recreational and/or volunteering-based. Read more...  (March 8)  


Improving Access to the Hudson River Estuary and its Tributaries

NEIWPCC and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the New York State Office of Environmental Justice, are soliciting proposals to develop plans and projects to provide recreational and visual access to the Hudson River Estuary and its tributary streams, for Environmental Justice neighborhoods that lack access opportunities. Read more... (March 12, 2013)  


Climate Adaptation Fund

The Wildlife Conservation Society's North America Program is pleased to announce the next round of grantmaking through the Climate Adaptation Fund - a program supporting projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change. Read more... (March 15)


Sea-Level Rise, Storm Surge, and Flood Adaptation Planning 

NEIWPCC and NYS DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program are soliciting proposals for the organization and implementation of collaborative local task forces in communities bordering tidally-influenced shoreline of the Hudson River Estuary. The purpose is to assist communities in preparing for sea-level rise, storm surge, and waterfront flooding, and to facilitate technical assistance from appropriate state agencies. Read more... (March 26, 2013) 


Technical Assistance Grants

The Preservation League of New York State, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, is pleased to announce the availability of Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) to provide support for projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources.

Read more... (May 1)


Fields Pond Foundation 

Provides grants to community-based nature and land conservation organizations that serve to increase environmental awareness by involving local residents in conservation issues in the six New England states and New York State. Priorities include land acquisition for conservation and project grants for trailmaking and other enhancement of public access to lands, rivers, and coastlines. Grants range between $2,000 and $15,000. Read more... (Ongoing)  


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 2013


February 7

Thursday Tales at Ten: Story Time at the Mohonk Preserve

Cozy up in the Discovery Room for a nature-themed story and an activity every Thursday morning in January, February, and March at 10am, weather permitting.

Feburary 7, 14, 21

Secrets of the Shawangunks - Predation and Migration
Shawangunk Ridge Free Public Lecture Series, Thursday evenings at SUNY New Paltz. 


February 9
Lecture: Toile Tales--France's Famous Pictorial Fabrics
Did you know that beneath the innocent pastoral charm of toile's captivating patterns lies a story of forbidden love, smuggled trade secrets, industrial espionage, and other sensational events? This slide lecture will reveal the story of toile from its development to its golden age in 18th-century France.  At Schuyler Mansion SHS

February 16

President's Day at Philipse Manor Hall

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site will hold its annual Presidents' Day celebration.The program will include presidential quizzes, scavenger hunt, mock election, and hourly story-times.  


Artist Francois Deschamps in Residence at the Dorsky Musem

Visitors are invited to explore the recreation of a West African-style portrait studio in the Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery, where they can experience the ambiance of a studio in Mali and sit for their own portrait made by Deschamps.

February 16-18

President's Weekend at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site 
There will be military demonstrations, magic shows, storytelling, entertaining presentations and candle dipping. George Washington re-enactor, musical performances and more. Free admission.

February 19
How to Read Maps and Plans 

The Rockland Municipal Planning Federation is hosting an educational session to help familiarize board members with the elements of a site plan, and its interpretation, so that members can better understand applicants' proposals.   


February 20 

Films at the Dorsky Museum
First evening of the bi-weekly West African Film Series: "Bamako Sigi-Kan"

February 23
Brian Melick and Friends in benefit concert for Sand Lake Center for the Arts
Rensselaer County is home to some amazing musicians whose talent takes them across the country and around the world.

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


Path Through History

Heritage Weekend to become Path Through History Weekends

Heritage Weekend has been a great success, and we thank all of those who have participated in this phenomenal program. Heritage Weekend will not take place in May, but will become part of an even greater effort to promote the unique history of our State, Path Through History Weekends! 

The same heritage and cultural celebrations and special programming will now be held June 1-2 and 8-9
More information about these exciting weekends will be coming to you soon! Please email us with questions about 2013 Path Through History Weekends at hrvg@hudsongreenway.ny.gov.   
Heritage Spotlight
Scenic Hudson's 50th Anniversary
The Hudson River Valley was the birthplace of the modern environmental movement. From Pete Seeger's Clearwater being the clairon call for cleaning up the river, to the "Scenic Hudson decision," the Hudson River Valley has been in the vanguard of the modern environmental movement.
Fifty years ago in the Hudson Valley, Scenic Hudson mobilized a mass movement that won the legal right for citizens to shape projects affecting the environment. Photo credit Robert Rodriguez, Jr.

Scenic Hudson was founded on November 8, 1963, by six citizens determined to halt a proposed hydroelectric project from defacing iconic Storm King Mountain in the
Hudson Highlands. In 1965 the organization achieved its first victory-a court ruling (known as the "Scenic Hudson decision") that won all Americans the legal right to shape projects affecting their environment. The environmental protections that Americans enjoy today are rooted in this small group of people and their fight to save an iconic part of the Hudson River Valley. The group and its partners finally ensured Storm King's protection in 1980. This campaign is considered the birth of the modern grassroots environmental movement. (Source)
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Scenic Hudson has launched a special Website that showcases the organization's history and will provide news and information about upcoming events to mark this milestone. 
Featured on the Website is an interactive timeline of Scenic Hudson's successful efforts for environmental advocacy in the region. 
Also in celebration of this 50th Anniversary, Scenic Hudson has arranged a curated selections of photographs called "On Time and Place," on display at the Hudson Opera House through February 16th.

Congratulations to Scenic Hudson on this milestone. The world may well be very different today had Scenic Hudson never been founded. Perhaps it would be a world without SEQR, NEPA, the Clean Air Act, or the Clean Water Act. It would almost certainly be a world without the Hudson River Valley Greenway.
ProjectspotProject Spotlight

Town of Pittstown: Historic Farmsteads Added to National Register 

In 2011, the Greenway awarded an $8,000 matching grant to the Town of Pittstown, a Greenway Community, for the development of nominations for eight historic farmsteads to the National Register of Historic Places. The Hudson River Valley Greenway previously provided the Town of Pittstown with a grant to conduct a Cultural Resource Survey in 2008. As a result of that survey, the Town of Pittstown, in partnership with the Pittstown Historical Society, will prepare nominations to the National Register of Historic Places for twelve historic farmsteads identified in the survey.

AuClair-Button Farmstead, Pittstown

The Town has had four of its farmsteads successfully listed on the National Register, including the Cornell farmstead at 292 Lower Pine Valley Road, the Thomas farmstead at 703 Johnsonville Road, the Brownell farmstead at 606 Graveside Road, and the Gifford farmstead at 276 Gifford Road. Jessie Ravage, the historic consultant gathering the information on the farmsteads and composing the applications has assembled an impressive archive of photographs, deeds and genealogical material on each of the farmsteads. Three more farmsteads are being prepared for nomination.


This project highlights the significance of farming to the landscape and the culture of the Hudson River Valley.  The Greenway is please to be a partner in helping to recognize and document this important piece of regional heritage. 

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month


If your drive to work is 25 miles each way and at least half is in typical stop-and-go traffic, you'll save almost 10 percent of your monthly carbon emissions by carpooling.

Read more: The Daily Green

(All information courtesy of the Daily Green)


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