June 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
Senator Gillibrand and Reps Lowey and Maloney Sponsor HRVNHA Reauthorization Bills
Citing the recent Economic Impact Study, Senator Gillibrand announced her sponsorship of a bill
Rep. Nita Lowey, flanked by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, discusses legislation June 7 at Boscobel. Photo by David Rocco
which would extend funding authorization for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program through 2022 at an event at Boscobel on June 7th.  She was joined by Representatives Lowey and Maloney who announced their co-sponsorship of the companion bill in the House.  The event also featured announcements related to an NPS Study bill to see if the Hudson Valley should be designated as a unit of the National Park Service and the continuation of the Highlands Conservation Act. 

Scott Keller receives his award from PTNY Project Director Martin Daley. Photo by PTNY

Scott Keller Receives Public Leadership Award    

The Greenway's Scott Keller was recognized by Parks and Trails NY (PTNY) with a 2013 Public Leadership Award for his work in the creation and growth of the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail.  This award recognizes Scott's tireless advocacy and work to create the Water Trail and to shepherd its growth throughout the years. The awards recognize the leadership, creativity, and donation of time, talent, and materials behind many of New York's parks and trails. Congratulations, Scott, on this well deserved recognition for many years of work!

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Help Historic Cherry Hill

A few years ago, Historic Cherry Hill won a prestigious "We the People" challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), one of only seven awards nationwide.  The $575,000 grant must be matched 3:1. You can help make a difference for this incredible historic site, by helping Cherry Hill meet its fundraising goal by July 31st. Cherry Hill has done an extraordinary job raising the required matching funds, but they need help reaching the upcoming benchmark. Meeting the benchmark would result in the release of matching federal funds, allow continued progress on the sorely needed stabilization and restoration of this nationally significant 1787 historic structure, and ensure their ability to fulfill their education, research and preservation mission. Donate here.



Sponsor the 2013 Hudson River Valley Ramble

The 14th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble will take place  September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, 2013. We hope you will participate by hosting or attending an event! Sponsorships for the Hudson River Valley Ramble are now available, and more information can be found here. 


Scenic Hudson Launches Interactive Hudson River Map 

Scenic Hudson's "adaptation tool box" offers an interactive map for visualizing where future high tides and flood zones could reach. The website also features links to resources for shoreline adaptation and scientific data. The 150 miles of Hudson River between New York Harbor and Troy is an estuary in sync with the ocean's tides. If severe weather events like Superstorm Sandy become more common and ocean levels rise, land along that tidal stretch of river will be vulnerable, too. Read more... 


Want to Take Your Bike on the Train?  

Amtrak has now begun allowing walk on bike service for some trains, however,


bikes are not permitted along the New York State Amtrak corridors. Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce has posted a petition to Amtrak allow better access to the many bikable communities in NYS as well as summer time attractions across the border. 

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Tower of Victory Restoration

For 125 years, the Tower of Victory has stood as the nation's only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War. It was commissioned by the son of the President Robert Todd Lincoln, who was also Secretary of War. It stands on the property where General Washington created the "Badge of Military Merit," what is now called the Purple Heart medal. Unfortunately, the Tower is currently in disrepair, and in need of restoration to the stone structure, and a new roof. A campaign to save the Tower of Victory is underway, and you can Donate through the Palisades Parks Conservancy. 


Hudson River

Days 2013!

Hudson River Day was so successful that in 2013, we're expanding the celebration from a single day to an entire weekend. This year, July 20th and 21st will feature a wide range of activities on and around the Hudson River. Activities will include the 2nd Annual Great Hudson River Fish Count, as well as festivals, swims, kayak outings, sails and more! What will your organization plan for Hudson River Days 2013? Submit your event at www.hudsonriverdayny.org.    


Paddlers on Hudson

 Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications are due September 7, 2013 for the October Board Meeting.


Consolidated Funding Applications (CFA) Now Available

CFA applications are now available to the public. The deadline for completing the CFA application is 4:00pm on August 12, 2013


Early Career Projects: Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes Climate (06.25.2013)
EPA is seeking research on sustainable and healthy tribes. The objectives are to improve understanding of: 1) the health impacts of climate change on tribal populations; and 2) the health impacts of indoor air pollution exposures that derive from or are affecting traditional tribal life and cultural practices.


National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program  (06.25.2013)
EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure...


Wetland Program Development Grants (06.26.2013)
Wetland Program Development Grants provide applicants an opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies ...


Advancing the Understanding of Potential Coastal Green Shoreline (6.28.2013) 

NEIWPCC, is soliciting proposals for development of a plan to identify the necessary scientific and technical research to advance the understanding of potential coastal green infrastructure strategies in New York City under current and projected sea-level rise scenarios. 


Regional Agricultural Integrated Pest Managment (07.01.2013)
IPM is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks. 


Transportation Enhancement Program (4:00, 8.16.2013)

Applications are being accepted for funding of transportation projects through the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP). Applications must be submitted to a NYSDOT Region on or by August 16, 2013. Awards will be announced by the end of the year.


Department of Housing and Urban Development (Ongoing)
HUD is seeking competitive applications for individual FY 2013 program nofas that will further the achievement of HUD's strategic plan goals and policy priorities. HUD's strategic mission: to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all.


Regional EventsRegEvents

Calendar of Events: May 2013  


June 21:Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management in the Urban Landscape 

An educational workshop on green infrastructure, green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management in the Urban Landscape will feature a program focusing on trees for managing water near roads and other developed areas.  


June 22: Grand opening ceremony for the restored Mt. Beacon Fire Tower 

The ceremony at the fire tower is a designated event of the City of Beacon's Centennial Anniversary Celebration. Visit the Historic Mt. Beacon Fire Tower!  


Back by popular demand! Experience the living history program at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.


Beaks and Bills

Is there a difference between a beak and a bill? Meet a few of Teatown's beaked and billed friends to see for yourself.  


The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums

In his presentation, Mr. Vagnone lays out a series of systemic changes that he thinks historic house museums need to enact in order to be around 20 years from now.


June 23: Family Tour of Wildflower Island

Enjoy a guided family tour of Teatown Lake Reservation's unique two-acre wildflower sanctuary. 
Bug Out at Cliffdale

Head out to the fields to catch, study and release some of the nature preserve's six-legged friends.
Mount Gulians Film and Lecture: James F. Brown, Escaped Slave

Mount Gulian Historic Site in Beacon will host a presentation about one of the most interesting people who lived and worked at the site before and during the Civil War, James F. Brown.   


Shellshocked:Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves - A film by Emily V. Driscoll which explores the importance and fragility of wild oysters in cleaning water and building ecosystems for other marine life. Presented by Hudson River Maritime Museum.

June 27: John Burroughs and Wild America

This is Dr. Brinkley's first public talk on the literary naturalist and Hudson Valley native John Burroughs whose nature essays influenced the emerging conservation movement of the early 20th Century.  The lecture is open to the public at no charge. 


June 29: Rabbit Frolic

Hippity-hop over to Teatown to frolic with the bunnies. Meet Tess, Bitsy and Buster and have a hopping good time!  

June 30: Discover Hudson Valley Ride  with Bike New York

The 2013 Discover Hudson Valley Ride will take place on Sunday, June 30.  Register today!  Route Descriptions and special features are listed on the website!


Sundays in July: Family Nature Walks History and nature walk for families with young children.  Bring lunch and picnic after the walk at Staatsburgh's Hudson River waterfront.  Free.  


July 4: Independence Day at the New Windsor Cantonment and Knox's Headquarters 

Celebrate the 4th at two sites hallowed by the soldiers who won our independence. At Knox's Headquarters, see a small cannon fired at 1 & 4 pm.


July 6: Butterfly Count

An annual rite of summer, the North American Butterfly Count is a way for all butterfly enthusiasts to partake in a citizen scientist monitoring effort.


July 9th: Influence of Forest Cover Loss and Land Use Change on Water Quantity and Quality

This webinar, offered by Southern Regional Extension Forestry, will discuss how loss of forest cover and land use change influences water quality and quantity -- and hopefully provide some lessons we can apply to the estuary watershed.  


July 13: Phragmites and Cattails - From Natural Science to Painting au Naturel

Join Strawtown Art & Garden Studio educators in a hands-on art workshop using two local water grasses, phragmites and cattails.  


July 14: Animal Adventures: Incredible Insects

Meet a few of Teatown ambassador animals in this program featuring insects.   


July 20: Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count

Catch the falling tide with Teatown and Strawtown Art and Garden Studio at the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, as we seine for fish and other creatures in the warm waters of the Hudson. 


July 30- August 4th: The 9th annual 6-day, 200-mile Cycling the Hudson Valley bike tour through the historic Hudson Valley


Ongoing Events


Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites

This summer join a park ranger as we explore sights and sounds along the Hyde Park Trails with three different hikes.


Introducing the Hudson River School Art Trail Contest

Visit the Hudson River School Art Trail sites and win a weekend getaway to the breathtaking Catskill Mountains.  


Claude Mirror Project

A new installation by artist Alex McKay at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site lets you see Thomas Cole's favorite view at any time of day, any season of the year, in all kinds of weather, as reflected in a 19th-century optical device called a "Claude Mirror."  


Kingston Postcard Conversations 

The Friends of Historic Kingston will present "Kingston Postcard Conversations", a weekly series of eight interactive talks scheduled for Fridays at Noon. The series begins on June 7th and will continue through the month of July.


Fill Your Passport With Rubbings!
Fun for the whole family! Metal plaques are now installed at the first eight stops along the Hudson River School Art Trail, located within a short drive of the Thomas Cole site and Olana.


Heritage SpotlightHeritagesptligt
Historic Cherry Hill

Historic Cherry Hill is a nationally recognized historic site with a long history of accomplishments, including accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, accolades for innovative interpretation, and preservation awards. A few years ago, the museum won a prestigious "We the People challenge" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), one of only seven awards nationwide.  The $575,000 grant must be matched 3:1, and launched the $2.3 million Telling a Bigger Story campaign.You can help make a difference for this incredible historic site. Cherry Hill is $170,000 short of their goal. Meeting the benchmark would result in the release of 1:1 matching federal funds, allow continued progress on the sorely needed stabilization and restoration of this nationally significant 1787 historic structure, and ensure our ability to continue fulfilling their education, research and preservation mission. 

Cherry Hill was home to Catherine Putman Rankin and her family from 1
884 through 1963. Within its walls, Catherine created a refined way of life that glorified her 
Van Rensselaer family heritage. Lived in by five generations of the prominent Van Rensselaer family, the site includes a 1787 wood-frame structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an intact collection of 20,000 objects, 30,000 manuscripts, 7,500 textiles, 5,000 books and 3,000 photographs.

You can help today. Click to donate.

ProjectspotProject Spotlight

Grand Opening of the Riverwalk Sensory Trail

On June 15, Hudson Crossing Park celebrated two Park amenities

that improve accessibility and enjoyment for visitors. The Riverwalk Sensory Trail provides a multi-sensory, immersive riparian path for Park visitors to follow. Special features are included to enhance the experience for those with mobility and visual impairments, making it a unique trail for the greater Hudson Valley community.


Constructed in part with a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway, the Riverwalk Sensory Trail is a 1540' stone dust path south from the Dix bridge along the shore of the Hudson River which offers those who are physically challenged an opportunity to experience nature in a way that is seldom available to them.   

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month

leafPlant a Bee Friendly Garden

The greater the plant diversity, the more bees and other wildlife your garden will attract and support. Always try to choose as many native plants as possible, and consult with local nursery staff or other experts to find vegetation that will thrive in your specific conditions. (All information courtesy of the Daily Green) 

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