May 2016

Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Kevin Burke, 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? New
Greenway Trail Connection Committee kickoff meeting at Bellefield Mansion, Hyde Park
Greenway Trail Connection Study Update
On April 11th, the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail Connections Steering Committee had their kickoff meeting at Bellefield Mansion in Hyde Park. Members of the steering committee identified gaps between trail segments as a planning exercise for the connection project. 

The Connection Study will identify likely connections that would complete the trunk line north/south Greenway Trail route from New York City to the Capital region and beyond. Partners and stakeholders will be engaged throughout the process.  Stay tuned for meeting schedules.  Please visit the project website for additional details and to share your ideas

Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting - June 8, 2016
The Hudson River Valley Greenway will meet on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 AM at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in TivoliThe meeting will feature presentations on Tivoli's waterfront and the new web-based Hudson Valley Design Manual developed by the Regional Plan Association and Orange County Planning . Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Second Annual Hudson Valley Heritage Fair at Locust Grove
Second Annual Hudson Valley Heritage Fair at Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie
Second Annual Hudson Valley Heritage Fair was held on May 1st at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie. The fair had many table displays from the top historical destinations in the region. Also included were several living history presentations and a cannon firing.

Governor Cuomo Announces $3 Million to Improve Hudson River Access and Environmental Protections 
An Accessible Kayak Dock 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.25 million in Hudson River Estuary Grants, f unded by the NYS EPF, Hudson River Estuary Program.  The Governor also announced $1.76 m illion in grants awards for 36 projects to help communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed improve recreation access, protect water quality, and increase storm resiliency. For more information, please visit the NYSDEC's Hudson River Estuary Program web page. To read about the 36 grant awards please read the Governor's press release .

Consolidated Funding Application Now Open
The 2016 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process is open for applications. Funds are available to support parks, planning, preservation, economic development, tourism, and many other projects. The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016The Regional Economic Development Councils are hosting CFA workshops to orient potential applicants to the application process. Find a workshop near you.

Sponsorships Available for the Hudson River Valley Ramble   
This year's Hudson River Valley Ramble will be held September 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25. Find
out how your organization can benefit by becoming a Ramble sponsor here.

2016 Path Through History Weekend
Each year, Path Through History Weekend features over 150 cultural and heritage sites throughout the state with history-related programming, tours, and events to celebrate the unique history of New York State.  View the list of events or find out how to register your organization's events .
Heritage Spotlight
Locust Grove Estate
Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, the 200-acre  Locust Grove Estate  includes an Italianate villa designed in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel Morse by architect A. J. Davis. In 1895, new owners William and Martha Young redecorated the mansion with their vast collection of art and antiques and added new gardens. Mr. and Mrs. Young's daughter, Annette, lived at Locust Grove until 1975, preserving the estate as her parents had used it. Today, Locust Grove is an independent not-for-profit museum and nature preserve.  Locust Grove's grounds are currently open to the public. The Mansion will re-open this month for daily guided tours.
Project Spotlight Projectspot
 Mountain State Park Biodiversity Trail 
Trail Sign at Tallman Mountain State Park Biodiversity Trail
Palisades Parks Conservancy installed interpretive signs along the Tallman Mountain State Park Biodiversity Trail. The interpretive signs help educate the public about the importance of the park's variety of flora and fauna.  The project was funded by a Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant . More information about our grant programs, including deadlines and eligibility guidelines is available on our website.
Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities Grants
Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program
The program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education.  Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 4:00PM: September 9th, and December 2nd. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the program website.

Consolidated Funding Application Now Open
The  2016 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process is open for applications. Funds are available to support parks, planning, preservation, economic development, tourism, and  many other projects. The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016. The Regional Economic Development Councils are hosting CFA workshops to orient potential applicants to the application process.  Find a workshop near you.

NYS Homes & Community Renewal RFP for New York Main Street Technical Assistance Projects
Not-for-profit organizations and units of local government may submit requests of up to $20,000 to complete downtown or Main Street pre-development projects. These grants are intended to improve a community's readiness to administer a future New York Main Street building renovation program. The funding is available through an open-round application using the Consolidated Funding Application. Applications for NYMS-TA projects may be submitted throughout the year and will be awarded on a rolling basis. The application will remain open until all available funding has been allocated. See the Request for Proposals.

$11 Million in Climate Smart Community Grants Available
$11 million in Climate Smart Community grants is available for municipalities to become more resilient to the effects of climate change, including sea level rise and extreme weather. Climate Smart Community Implementation grants will support mitigation and adaptation projects and range from $100,000 to $2 million. Climate Smart Community Certification grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000. Municipalities can apply for both grants beginning in early May through the Consolidated Funding Application. See the press release.

National Park Service Accepting Applications for Assistance
Applications are now available for technical assistance in 2017 for your community-led conservation and outdoor recreation project from the National Park Service  Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program Apply by  June 30, 2016 to be considered. View the  application information or  find out more.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
Teaching the Hudson Valley will p rovide grant funding for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites through the Explore Awards. This creates opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Bus on Us
Teaching the Hudson Valley provides Bus on Us grants designed to help with transportation costs for visits to one or more of the following Hyde Park sites:  
Now-May 30
The Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center will host an art project, in partnership with the "Dream Rocket Project" launched in 2009, to collect thousands of artworks from various regions of the world. Submissions will be connected side by side to wrap the skeleton of a 385 Space Launch System (SLS) rocket replica and placed on temporary exhibit at locations around the United States. More...

May 12
Tune in to  New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse (NYCCSC)'s Climate Smart Communities webinar where a speaker from the developer of the site, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), will provide an overview of the NYCCSC and demonstrate its interactive map, data tool, and curated, searchable resource bank. More...

May 14
New York iMapInvasives will hold a spring training session at the Catskill Interpretive Center. The session will include invasive species mapping and c ontrolling Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer in the Catskills. More...

Join Scenic Hudson for tours of West Point Foundry Preserve.  Tours will focus on the foundry's 100-year history, its operations and diverse workforce, and Scenic Hudson's efforts to protect and interpret the remains of this industrial powerhouse while preserving the land's natural beauty. More...

May 17
Join  New York iMapInvasives for a spring training session at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County.  Topics to be discussed are: intro to iMapInvasives and the mobile app, f ocal species identification and intro to the Lower Hudson volunteer BlockBuster Survey (CCE), and a dvanced iMapInvasives. More...

Friends of Schuyler Mansion will host their Annual Meeting and election of trustees will be followed by Alexander Hamilton: Orphan Son, Founding Father, and Favorite Son-in-Law, presented by Mr. Richard Bader. The talk will focus on Hamilton's rise from impoverished orphan to key architect in the founding of this country. The presentation is free and open to the public. More...

May 18
New York iMapInvasives will hold a spring training session at the New York Botanical Garden. The session will include  reporting and using the data, including outside for mobile mapping in the the field, and i ncised fumewort on the Bronx River . More...

May 20
Shaker Barn Storming Weekend is back with behind-the-scenes tours. Shaker barns is a collaboration between Shaker Museum - Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society. Attend all three for a unique, one-of-a-kind exploration of Shaker agricultural technology and architecture. Each tour begins at 2pm at the location and date indicated. Reservations must be made at each separate site and prices vary based on location. More...

May 21
Join Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS Natural Resource Lecture and Program Series for a Presentation with Chris Bowser an estuary educator for the NYSDEC Hudson River Research Reserve and Estuary Program. He coordinates a range of education programs along the river. More...

Join Scenic Hudson at Falling Waters Preserve to volunteer in making our parks more inviting for wildlife. After learning to identify several invasive plants, remove and replace them with native species that aid in restoring natural habitats. More...

May 28
Experience a farm market atmosphere in the city of Albany with Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site! Learn about the types of animals Philip Schuyler would have had on his farm and agricultural practices of the 18th century. Oxen, sheep, and poultry will be among the livestock displayed on the grounds at Schuyler Mansion, while demonstrations, farm products, and gardening techniques will be shared with visitors throughout the afternoon. More...

May 30
Join Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in the Rose Garden for a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Wreath laying by community organizations, guest speaker. More...

June 4
Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking (or running) the Hyde Park Trail. Join National Park Service on a 9-mile End-2-End trek from Top Cottage to Vanderbilt, via Val-Kill, the FDR Site and Riverfront Park. More...

Kick off the summer season at Val-Kill with a Val-Kill Picnic and Square Dance. The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership and the National Park Service will bring delicious food, drinks, local beer, music and fun to the Annual Val-Kill Picnic & Square Dance! More...

New York iMapInvasives  will hold a spring training session at Albany Pine Bush Preserve  as part of a workshop being offered by the ADK Mountain Club's Backcountry Water Monitoring volunteer program. Participants will learn a number of aquatic invasive species and how to enter data about ponds and lakes they volunteer to monitor. More...

Join Scenic Hudson for a tour of the  West Point Foundry PreserveTours will focus on the foundry's 100-year history, its operations and diverse workforce, and Scenic Hudson's efforts to protect and interpret the remains of this industrial powerhouse while preserving the land's natural beauty.  More... 

Visit Mount Guilian for a four-course, early 20th century meal with President Theodore Roosevelt, finely portrayed by an actor from the American Historical Theatre. The candlelight dinner will be held in the 18th century Dutch barn and prepared by Bridgecreek Catering. There will be period music by Julie and James Paradies as well as silent and live auctions. Cocktails will be served on the riverside lawn. More...

June 5
Join Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site for the 10th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture by Paula Deitz, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Architectural Review, and Gardens Illustrated and author of the acclaimed book Of Gardens. Included in the lecture will be a collection of her writings on gardens from around the world, and their intellectual, historical, and aesthetic significance. More...

June 17
A memorial will be held at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site to honor the 14 enslaved individuals discovered in an unmarked burial ground in 2005. As they were enslaved by the 18th century Schuyler family who lived in Menands (at what is today the Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park), they will lie in-state at Schuyler Mansion. More...

June 19
Make a Father's Day memory with Clermont State Historic Site for 18th-century dance lessons. This dance experience comes complete with lessons, costumes (for girls and boys), Liberty Punch, and delicious goodies. More...

June 24
Join one of the nation's most respected ecologists, Ned Ames, at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for a thoughtful and engaging lecture on why long-term, place-based ecological studies are essential to addressing society's most pressing environmental issues, from air pollution and water quality to climate change. More...

June 25
Join Thomas Cole National Historic Site for their 2016 Summer Party to benefit the site. There will be c ocktails, dinner, fireworks, and dancing, all with a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. More...

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Green Tip Of The Month GreenTip
Green Your Memorial Day Weekend
This Memorial Day Weekend, take advantage of some eco-friendly tips that will make your barbecues and outdoor picnics sizzle. From using biodegradable utensils and dishware, to shopping locally for food for your event, project: greenify has you covered. Check out their full list of green Memorial Day tips.

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