March 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

Tower of Victory Restoration Plan

Tower of Victory (Washington's Headquarters SHS)

The campaign to save one of the Hudson Valley's greatest treasures is being co-chaired by former Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey and Greenway Communities Council chair and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area co-Chair Barnabas McHenry. The Tower of Victory at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh is the focus of this important fundraiser, begun by the Palisades Park Conservancy. 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; designed by John Hemingway Duncan, one of the nation's most renowned architects at that time; and hosts bronzes sculpted by William Rudolf O'Donovan, the pre-eminent monument sculptor of the day. 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. Under the expert guidance of Mr. Hinchey and Mr. McHenry, the campaign to save the Tower of Victory will surely be successful. Donate through the Palisades Parks Conservancy. 


Dutchess County's New Greenway Guide

Dutchess County Planning has introduced a new Greenway Guide for public review, Building Bicycle Networks. This is the latest in a new series of Greenway Guides developed by Dutchess County Planning, which include such topics as Centers and Greenspaces; Convenience Stores with Gas Pumps; Rural Roads; and Slower, Safer Streets. This guide offers design recommendations to encourage bicycling in a variety of contexts. Greenway Guides are part of the Dutchess County Greenway Compact, Greenway Connections. Completed in 2000, Greenway Connections has been adopted as a voluntary program of land use policies and guidelines by the County and 29 of 30 Dutchess County communities.The Greenway Compact is entirely voluntary, respects local home rule, and relies on incentives and guidelines rather than requirements. Greenway Connections w

as created as a living document, to which additional guides could be added in response to changing circumstances and needs.


Path Through History Weekends Event Registration 

We are pleased to announce that online event submission for the 2013 Path Through History Weekends is now open!  The Path Through History Weekends - comprised of events which are heritage and cultural celebrations and special programming that promote the unique history of our State - will be held June 1-2 and 8-9. If your organization would like to host an event, please log on and register today!


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! Further details will be sent this spring, so mark your calendars now! Sponsorships for the Hudson River Valley Ramble are now available, and more information can be found here.


Statewide Trail User Count Released

The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that their first statewide trail user count and survey reveals that more than 2.2 million trail users frequent 14 of our state's most popular trails. The Hudson Valley Rail Trail was the most used trail in the state, with more than 650,000 users annually! The study was done in partnership with Parks and Trails NY.


Take the Dutchess County Walking and Bicycling Survey! 

The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC), which is hosted by the County's Department of Planning and Development, is updating the county-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.The plan will identify needs and priorities to make walking and bicycling better transportation options for more people. As part of the plan, the PDCTC has developed a survey about walking and bicycling issues. The survey responses will help us better understand local needs and priorities.The survey is available online until April 15th at 


Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Matching Grants are due May 10 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...


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)  


NYS Park Friends Technical Assistance Program

Parks and Trails NY will help build the capacity of Friends organizations by working one-on-one with a few groups on areas such as communications, board development and engaging and recruiting volunteers. Read more...  (March 15)  


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) 


Adopt Your Shoreline 

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), is requesting proposals for projects promoting stewardship of the Estuary and/or public access to/from our waterfront and waterways.  Read more...(April 3) 


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)


Conservation Treatment Grant Program  Administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network in association with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State. Read more... (June 3)

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

March 2013


March 15

John Vanderlyn - Painter of a Nation Lecture

Come join "Kingston's Buried Treasures" for the presentation "John Vanderlyn - Painter of a Nation" by graphic artist and local historian Joseph Tantillo. The event takes place  in the Vanderlyn Gallery of the Senate House Museum, home of the world's largest collection of Vanderlyn works.  


March 16

Francois Deschamps in Residence at the Dorsky Museum

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.


March 18

Adapting to a Changing Climate The Native Plant Center's spring conference 

Examine why and how the landscape is changing, the impact on plants and animals, and what can be done to help mitigate consequences and conserve native ecosystems.  


March 20

First of Spring Birding Event at Olana

Join Audubon NY education coordinator Larry Federman for a first day of spring birding event at Olana. 


Mornings at the Museum

The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) offers a monthly program geared to pre-schoolers.  Children ages 3-5 are introduced to the museum through a program that includes story-time, exploring an item from the collection and making a craft.  Each month has a different theme.  


March 23

The General's Lady at Washington's Headquarters

In honor of  Women's History Month, Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh pays tribute to one of the most outstanding women of history, Martha Washington. 


March 20

West African Film Series at the Dorsky Museum

"La Genese" The Bible's Book of Genesis is given a new spin by director Cheik Oumar Sissoko in his film La Gen�se which recasts a famous story by relocating it in the nation of Mali and using a cast of African actors.


March 23

Remember Me: Quilts and the Women Who Made Them

In honor of Women's History Month, Historic Huguenot Street will feature a display of outstanding quilts from the HHS collection. In addition to quilting demonstrations, there will be guided tours of the Deyo and LeFevre houses, showcasing  historic quilts. 


Manitoga Volunteer Landscape Day

Join Manitoga staff for the first volunteer workday of the season to help prepare for the spring programs and events. Lunch provided!


March 24

Splendor on the Hudson- and the Seacoast - On the Eye of Independence

Historian and author Anderson will discuss the magnificent hand-painted English wallpapers what embellished three grand English-style residences built between 1762 and 1768 in Albany, and in the coastal seaport of Marblehead, Massachusetts. At the Albany Institute.


March 26

Spring Break Servant's Program for Kids

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer a hands-on exercise where children will learn the history of the roles of Servants & Stewards to these historic homes.


March 30

Land Use Series : SEQR - Using The New SEAF 

Attend a workshop for Municipal Board training credits on using the new NYSDEC Environmental Assessment Forms for State Environmental Quality Reviews (SEQR) and learn about GIS mapping resources available to help municipalities with the process.  


April 5

Concert in Olana's Court Hall - An Evening of Turkish Music  

Listen to music that Frederic Church may have heard during his trip to Constantinople in 1868, when the city was a vibrant crossroads of Middle Eastern and European culture.  


April 7

Making the Circus American at the Albany Institute

Matthew Wittmann, Curatorial Fellow, Bard Graduate Center, will show how Americans took a European cultural art, transforming it into the iconic railroad circuses that grew into one of our most popular entertainment forms.


April 9

Columbia County Trails Roundtable

Sponsored by Columbia Land Conservancy, learn about how to get started on a trail and share information about your own ongoing project.



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


PTHPath Through History

Heritage Weekend Becomes 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
Please email us with questions about 2013 Path Through History Weekends at [email protected].   
ProjectspotProject Spotlight

Town of Shandaken Recreation Master Plan


Town of Shandaken Trails Map
Town of Shandaken Trails Map

With a Greenway Communities Grant awarded in March 2012, the Town of Shandaken in Ulster County has developed a 10-year Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan. Shandaken is a rural community with two hamlets and four parks nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. All of the Town's parks showcase the scenic beauty of the Catskill Mountains.


The recent plan examines how to optimize and sustain existing recreation facilities as well as mountain, stream and hamlet access. The Town's goals include implementing sign systems and enhancing the main local park facilities. Shandaken has also explored developing a system of linear and multipurpose trails in the parks and along the Ulster County rail bed for walking, biking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and snowshoeing. Shandaken has also examined expanding the Town's summer recreation program and promoting healthy activity during the winter. The Town hopes to increase coordination and build local capacity to help plan, design, develop and steward recreational assets to ensure quality public access and excellent user experiences for residents and visitors alike.

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month


If you can't reuse plastic storage bags, clean and dry them, then recycle them along with any other plastic bags at any plastic bag-recycling bin, like those now found at many grocery stores and supermarkets.  

Read more:The Daily Green

(All information courtesy of the Daily Green)


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