January 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


Hudson River Valley Greenway Celebrates 20 Years!

On December 31, 1991, The Greenway Act was signed into law, creating the Hudson River Valley Greenway. This historic legislation paved the way for a unique agency, focused on assisting Hudson Valley communities with land use and recreational trail projects, while maintaining the New York State tradition of home rule. We are grateful to all of our partners, as well as to all of the communities that have helped to make this program such a success. Here are just a few statistics that demonstrate the good work

Greenway Act Signing
Then-Assemblyman Maurice Hinchey stands behind Governor Mario Cuomo during the signing of the Greenway Act

done by the Greenway over the past 20 years:

- 94 Water Trail Sites

- 258 Greenway Communities

- 688 Grants totaling $8.4 million

- 487.62 miles of Land Trail

- 256 miles of Water Trail

- 100 Partner Heritage Sites within the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area


These accomplishments would not have been possible without the leadership of Congressman Maurice Hinchey. At this 20th anniversary milestone, we would like to recognize his vision.  As an Assemblyman, he worked to create the Greenway, and, as a Congressman, he created the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. 



At the recent Greenway Board Meeting, Conservancy Board Member Stefan Yarabek related a story about the Hudson River Valley's sister Greenway in Prague. Throughout the 1990's the Hudson River Valley Greenway provided technical assistance in the creation of the Prague to Vienna Greenway. In 1995 delegations from each Greenway made reciprocal visits to tour the other country's Greenway. At the dedication of the Prague Vienna Greenway, former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel spoke eloquently of the assistance provided by the HRVG. President Havel CzechGwayhad nearly missed the dedication because he was hosting a visiting head of state, Pope John Paul II. When offered a chance to attend the dedication and, as importantly, to walk on the Greenway trail, the Pope readily agreed. When asked to speak, Pope John Paul II said of the two Greenways, "These Greenways are protecting the sanctity of the earth."


Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

The Hudson River Valley Greenway held Joint Board Meeting on January 18, 2012, at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY. The Greenway boards welcomed Arlene Miller, Rockland County's Deputy Commissioner for Planning, who provided an overview of the Rockland Tomorrow, the County's recently adopted Comprehensive Plan. At the meeting, the Greenway Boards voted to adopt the County's Comprehensive Plan as the Greenway Compact Plan for Rockland County.  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...



Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants will be due February 10th 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...


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)  


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)  

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

January 19
 FEMA Hazard Mitigation Programs Briefing

The Office of United States Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the New York State Office of Emergency Management, and SUNY New Paltz will sponsor a state-wide applicants' briefing on hazard mitigation programs and grant funding that will enable your community to become more disaster resilient.

January 20 
Global Climate Change - What Every Citizen Needs to Know
Lecture by Duke's Orrin Pilkey on the politics of climate science; with environmental artist Mary Edna Fraser. Free and open to the public.

January 22
Reimagining the War of 1812 - "Redcoats' Revenge" with Col. David Fitz-Enz
Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, come learn about America's founding...   


January 29
Juilliard at Jay - A Minister in Spain
With a program that highlights the music that John Jay might have heard performed during his mission as minister to Spain (1779 - 1782), "Concitato" and the artists of Juilliard's Historical Instruments Program, will electrify listeners with their insightful interpretations of rarely heard baroque...  


Februrary 19

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. 


ProjectspotProject Spotlight
 Kinderhook-Stockport-Stuyvesant Trail Study
In 2009, the Towns of Kinderhook, Stockport and Stuyvesant in Columbia County, New York  have received a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy for a trails feasibility study.  Between September and December 2010, the the Fall 2010 Planning Studio at the University at Albany, SUNY  Department of Geography and Planning conducted the feasibility study in conjunction with the Joint Trail Committee from Kinderhook,  Stockport and Stuyvesant. 

KSSCover The Planning Studio and the Kinderhook-Stuyvesant-Stockport Trail Committee undertook a four-month process to evaluate the feasibility of the six trail sections. The existing conditions of the proposed rights-of-way were examined and an accompanying site analysis was performed to identify the opportunities and challenges to trail development of each section. Additionally, a schematic design depicting trail widths, composition, major drainage facilities and other special engineering features was developed, along with an estimated cost to construct
and maintain the trail. The Planning Studio also researched the history and cultural aspects of the three communities along the proposed trail to further identify opportunities for educational interpretation and expression.   

Finally, two public meetings, landowner focus meetings and a survey were conducted to ascertain residents and landowners' support and desire for a trail system.

The  study divides the trail into six sections, indicating the sections' differing levels of feasibility. Potential user groups include pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians. Overall, the study has revealed that development of the KSS InterMunicipal Trail is a realistic endeavor for the three communities to undertake.

In addition to being a tool for the future development of a trail through these communities, this feasibility study was also awarded a 2011 Outstanding Student Project by the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association. The study can be viewed here.
GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



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