March 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 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. The meeting will feature important information about grant programs available through our agency partners such as the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of State. Read More...  


Heritage Area Legislation to Benefit Upstate New York
National Heritage Areas Act to boost region's competitiveness for jobs

The National Heritage Areas Act of 2012 (H.R. 4099) introduced to Congress on February 29, 2012 will support the work of four National Heritage Areas in New York State. U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (NY-21) and Charlie Dent (PA-15), co-chairs of the Congressional National Heritage Area Caucus, introduced H.R. 4099, a bipartisan bill to reform and modernize the nation's National Heritage Areas (NHA). Read more...  


New Address

Please note that the Greenway and National Heritage Area have a new location and mailing address. The phone number, website and all email addresses remain the same. Our new address is:

Hudson River Valley Greenway

625 Broadway - 4th Floor

Albany, NY 12207


Dutchess County Trail Conference
The Greenway is partnering with the Winnakee Land Trust and others for a day-long trail conference on April 21, 2012.  Read more...

New York Planning Federation Conference
April 15-17 in Saratoga
This year's conference offers several programs related to urban and/or downtown issues, each focusing on a different concern for municipal boards and professional planners. These include "Designing Urban Bikeways," "Multi-Generational Design in Community Planning," "Context Sensitive Design," "Developing a Viable Downtown" and "Public Health Considerations in Community Design."  There will also be both introductory and advanced SEQR courses. Read more...



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! 






Promoting Community Identity - by Peter Feinman
Crailo State Historic Site - credit Robert Goldwitz,
The following is excerpted from the website New York History: Historical News and Views from the Empire State

"This May 19-20, 2012, is New York State Heritage Weekend. What can your town do to foster a sense of place, a sense of belonging, a sense of community among the residents? Don't just ignore its potential or think that a random listing of scattered events on a website constitute a well-thought out plan for promoting your town. Here is an opportunity to create your own field trip and to induct the fourth-graders, the grade of teaching local history, in to your town. Use the weekend the promote something good for your town...." Read the full article 



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...


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)  

Lake Champlain Basin Program 2012 Local Implementation Grant programs

* Pollution Prevention Grants 
* Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Grants  
* Shoreline Protection and Habitat Conservation Grants  
* Education and Outreach Grants   Read more... (March 27)  


Brownfields Opportunities Area Grant Program

The Department of State is accepting applications for their Brownfield Opportunities Area (BOA) program. The BOA program assists municipalities and community-based organizations with revitalization plans, implementation strategies and site assessments for areas affected by Brownfields. An inter-agency partnership between the Department of State and the Department of Environmental Conservation provides communities with technical advice to ensure successful Brownfield redevelopment. Read more... (March 29)


WCS Climate Adaptation Fund

With funding provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund will provide up to $3.1 million in competitive grants in 2012. Awards will be made to non-profit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale. Read more... (March 30)   


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...  (April 22)


Agriculture Disaster Energy Efficiency Program
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications for the Agriculture Disaster Energy Efficiency Program. The program aims to assist farms and on-farm producers damaged by Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee. Under the program, funding is available for energy-efficient repair and replacement of damaged electric and natural gas systems and equipment that were damaged during the storms in non-residential facilities. Read more... (April 30)

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...  (April 5)


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

March 10   

RiverTalks: Gasland
Explore the connection between gas drilling and drinking water at the screening of Gasland, the Sundance award-winning documentary. Variety Magazine calls Gasland " of the most effective and expressive environmental films of recent years."

Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Kim and Reggie HarrisKim and Reggie Harris are dynamic and superbly talented traditional folk performers, whose captivating stage presence and unique harmonies has earned the respect and love of audiences throughout the US, Canada...  

March 11
"When the fate of millions hung in the balance": The Newburgh Addresses Crisis
Experience a dramatic reading of the events culminating in the call by certain Continental Army officers to menace Congress with military force. 

March 12 & 15, 22

Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Land Use Training Institute
Each evening features topics of interest to members of planning, zoning, conservation and design review boards. 

March 17
Timbalia at Beczak Environmental Education Center. Described as ecstatic African rock with an East village edge, no other band sound like Timbila!

March 16-25
Circle Theatre Players presents Enchanted April
At the Sand Lake Center for the Arts. Welcome Spring and escape to Italy where laughter blossoms, friendship grows, and unexpected love takes root. 

March 24
A Midwife's Tale
Learn about the training and role of midwives during Colonial days, in a time before this job was assigned to doctors.

March 29
Columbia County Trails ROUNDTABLE
Almost one year after the first Columbia County Trails Conference, the Roundtable is an opportunity to learn about projects underway, share information on your own project, or come to learn how to get started.

March 18
Circle Theatre Players to hold auditions for Moon Over Buffalo
At the Sand Lake Center for the Arts and directed by Paul Trella. This hilarious farce has a theatrical couple trying to pull off a production in anticipation of a visit...

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

ProjectspotProject Spotlight
War of 1812 Interpretive Trail
In 2008, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area received funding from the National Park Service to develop trail projects in commemoration of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. In partnership with the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, these funds were used to complete a War of 1812 Interpretive Trail in the Champlain Valley of New York and Vermont.  Through1812 Interp Panel this partnership, entities in New York and Vermont worked to develop a series of bilingual (English and French) interpretive signs to provide a better understanding of this conflict and its aftermath.

The wayside exhibits interpret the land skirmishes between the King's troops and American forces, as well as the U.S.S. Saratoga, the survey of the U.S./Canadian border following the war, and the lives of African-Americans at the time.  The funding provided for design and fabrication of 11 new signs along the trail, which feature QR codes for use with smartphones,thereby enhancing the interpretation.
GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



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