Hudson River Day is Almost Here!
On Saturday, July 21, 2012 the fourth annual
Hudson River Day will offer numerous river and riverfront community events that will span the length of the Hudson from New York to Albany. The Hudson River Day website has information on how to participate, by coordinating a Hudson River Day program or attending scheduled events: hudsonriverdayny.org
This collaborative celebration is presented by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Hudson River Valley Greenway and many other partners.
Extension of Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Funding
With authorization for the Hudson River Valley Heritage Area set to expire at the end of September, Congressman Maurice Hinchey has secured the approval of the House Appropriations Committee to reauthorize funding for the program for another two years. Hinchey, who authored the legislation to establish the Heritage Area in 1996, used his position on the House Appropriations Committee and worked in bipartisan fashion with Congressman Steve LaTourette (R-OH) to obtain the extension for the Hudson River Valley Heritage Area and 11 others across the country. The authorization was included as part of the Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013. Read more...
2012 Greenway Conservancy Small Grants Program for Trails is Now Open
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2012 Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program. 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. Applications must be postmarked by August 17th. Read more...
Coming in September: The 13th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble!
Thank you to all of our Hudson River Valley Ramble event leaders for registering a wide array of exciting events for this year! Ramble events offer interpretation of the landscape, history, or ecology of our region. Events include guided walks, hikes, bike tours, kayak or canoe trips; a family-fun festival or a river exploration. The Ramble website is stocked with events, and coming soon is the highly anticipated Ramble booklet, a must have guide to what's happening in the Hudson Valley all September long. Look for the booklet in the August issue of Chronogram Magazine, and throughout the Hudson Valley at tourism and heritage destinations. Visit hudsonrivervalleyramble.com to find an event and plan your September adventures!
Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting
The Hudson River Valley Greenway held a Joint Board Meeting on June 7, 2012, in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh Campus of Orange County Community College. Board Members and attendees were greeted by Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy and Linda Ferris from OCCC. Tally Blumberg of Open Space Institute, Rob Lane of Regional
June 2012 Greenway Board Meeting
Plan Association, and Steve Rosenberg of Scenic Hudson spoke about a new initiative called the Lower Hudson Valley Smart Growth Plan. Read more...
New Greenway Communities
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to welcome the to
wn of Petersburgh in Rensselaer County and the Town of Whitehall in Washington County as newly designated Greenway Communities. This brings the total number of Greenway Communities to 271.
Greenway Communities Grants
At the June Board Meeting, the following Greenway Community Grants were awarded:
the Town of Hyde Park, Dutchess County, received $10,000 for guiding development of a vibrant town center; the Town of Greenville, Greene County, received $10,000 for a land development code update; the City of Newburgh, Orange County, received$10,000 for practical capacity building for green land use implementation; and the Village of Tivoli received $15,000 for a waterfront access walkway and Montgomery Street improvements
Website Launched for Engage MidHudson
Engage MidHudson is an online platform where citizens and government of the Mid-Hudson Region share knowledge and brainstorm project ideas and initiatives that will help build a more sustainable region. Engage MidHudson is being developed in support of the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Planning Project, led by the Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Consortium. The consortium is steering the development of the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan as part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities Program announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his 2011 State of the State address. Read more: www.engagemidhudson.com
Statewide Trail User Count Seeks Participating Trails
Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Trails Council, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation are launching the 2012 New York State Trail User Count and are seeking 15 of the state's multi-use greenway trails to be included in an August count. The count will begin with a small number of trails the first year and expand to more trails in subsequent years. Obtaining trail user numbers helps to demonstrate the benefits of trails in our communities. Read more...