November 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
Greenway Board Meeting


The Hudson River Valley Greenway held a Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 16th, at the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's Platinum LEED Certified Taconic Regional Office in Staatsburg, N.Y. Dutchess County Executive and Greenway Board Member Marc Molinaro welcomed the Board Meeting attendees to Dutchess County. Town of Hyde Park Supervisor Aileen Rohr, and NYSOPRHP Taconic Regional Director Linda Cooper, also provided welcomes. The meeting featured a presentation by John Clarke from the Dutchess County Planning and Economic Development Department on the new Dutchess County Greenway Guides. Peter Fairwather also presented on the Greenway Strategic Planning Process.


The Greenway Board awarded a total of $80,000 in matching grants to thirteen communities and organizations for planning and trail projects throughout the Hudson Valley.


Greenway Conservancy Grants

The following Greenway Conservancy Small Grants were awarded at the October Board Meeting:

-Kingston Land Trust, Kingston Point Rail Trail Signs - $1,800.00

-New Baltimore Conservancy, Interpretive Signs for New Riverside park in New Baltimore -$1,759.00

-Open Space Institute, Wallkill Valley Rail Trail - City of Kingston Connector Trail - $14,400.00

- Palisades Park Conservancy, Tallman Mountain State Park Biodiversity Trail - $3,000.00

- Town of Highlands, Scenic Hudson Mine Dock Park - $8,700.00

-Town of New Paltz, New Paltz Flats Trail Project - $8,500.00

-Town of Esopus, Esopus Explorers Project - $775.00

- Winnakee Land Trust, Town of Red Hook Outreach for Multiple Greenway Trails Connections -$1,000.00


Greenway Communities Grants

At the October Board Meeting, the following Greenway Communities Grants were awarded:

- Town of Ancram, Columbia County for a Natural Resource Conservation Plan - $7,500.00

-Town of Sand Lake, Rensselaer County for Glass Lake Public Fishing Access Area - $7,500.00

-Village of Brewster, Putnam County for a Comprehensive Plan Update - $7,500.00


Greenway Compact Grant

The City of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County was awarded a $7,500.00 Greenway Compact Grant for a Poughkeepsie Youth Enclave Survey Project.


Save the Date for Greater Hudson Heritage Network Meeting
The next GHHA Annual Meeting will be held March 21, 2014 at Marist College. It will focus on Emerging Technologies in Libraries, Archives and Museums and will be presented in partnership with the Sound&Story Project of the Hudson Valley, the Hudson River Valley Institute, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Read more...    


DEC Launches New Environmental Assessment Forms and Mapper

As part of the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which administers this program, recently changed the EAF forms and process, including a new mapping application. The changes to the EAF are comprehensive and meant to increase awareness of place-making, conveniently adapt habitat/wetland maps for applicants, and consider the impacts a proposed project would have on the character of the community and environment. For more information click here.  


Marist College Receives Endowment for Hudson Valley History  

Dr. Frank T. Bumpus, a longtime resident of Cold Spring, has made a significant gift to Marist College, Poughkeepsie, to establish an endowed chair for promoting greater understanding of the history, culture and identity of the Hudson Valley.James Johnson, an expert on the Revolutionary War in the Hudson Valley, has been appointed the first holder of the Dr. Frank T. Bumpus chair. Read more... 

 Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Communities Grants

Applications are due December 11, 2013 for consideration at the January 2014 Board Meeting.


PTNY Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants

Parks & Trails New York's Capacity Building Grants enhance the long-term sustainability of park and trail not-for-profit organizations by helping them better fulfill their missions; improve their reach, effectiveness, and impact; leverage resources, and increase community support for and involvement in park and trail planning, development and/or stewardship.  Deadline: November 12


Lake Champlain Basin Program Local Implementation Grants

The Lake Champlain Basin Program is pleased to announce the 2013 Local Implementation Grant programs to support local community involvement toward the implementation of the comprehensive management plan Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin  Application deadline: November 14


Hurricane Sandy Recovery Assistance

New York State is accepting applications for $12 million in federal grants for historic preservation projects to address damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. The program is funded by the National Park Service and administered by the Natural Heritage Trust in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Application deadline: November 25. 

Water Resources Research Grant Program
The Hudson River Estuary Program and the 
Cornell Water Resources Institute are requesting applications for research, management and outreach projects relating to water resources in NYS. Application Deadline: December 2


Urban Forestry Grant offered by NYS DEC

Communities can apply for tree planting, maintenance grants or invasive pest studies in cases involving an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer or the Asian Long Horned Beetle. Grants are available to municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations that have a public ownership interest in the property or are acting on behalf of a public property owner.  Application Deadline: December 5


National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants

Helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.  Application Deadline: December 12


American Hiking Society's National Trails Fund
Eligible not-for-profit organizations may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to improve hiking access or hiker safety. Application deadline: December 13


Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program 
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association provides 1:1 matching funds to eligible coastal states and local governments to protect important coastal and estuarine areas. Deadline: December 15.  


2014 Battlefield Planning Grants

The National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) have announced the 2014 Battlefield Planning Grants, and invites non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments to submit applications. The average award amount is $32,300, although the ABPP has awarded grants of up to $117,000. Deadline is January 2


2014 Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program

The Archives Partnership Trust and the New York State Archives announce the availability of awards for applicants to pursue research using the New York State Archives. program is
intended to support product-related research in such areas as history,law, public policy, geography, and culture by covering research expenses. Application deadline: January 15  


National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced it is currently seeking applications for thethe OUR TOWN grant programs. Grants range from $25,000 to $200,00 for creative place-making projects. This community enhancing grant is looking for projects that would help contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable communities. Deadline: January 13, 2014


Storm Mitigation Loan Program
The NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation has over $400 Million in grants and loans for storm mitigation projects that protect community wastewater and drinking water systems from future storms and climate changes. Deadline: April 1, 2014    


The William G. Pomeroy Foundation Historic Roadside Marker Program (Ongoing)

Grants are given for historic markers to commemorate historic people, places or things within the time frame of 1740-1900.  


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: November 2013  


John Jay Homestead Farm Market 
This market will offer fruit, produce, including heirloom varieties, and flowers, grown by local farmers, using certified organic, organic, biodynamic and conventional methods.


Troy Farmer's Market

Winter Season is in full swing at the Troy Farmer's Market. New hours are 9 am to 2pm each Saturday. Over 70 vendors each week bring fresh and local products from local farmers, chefs, and artisans to offer the Capital Region's freshest and finest. 
Vendors provide a diverse and unique selection of farm fresh products including fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, honey and local dairy. A full schedule of special events highlight the bounty of the seasons with chef demonstrations, tastings, recipes, childrens' activities, free live music and more. 


November Events at Minnewaska State Park

Lots of hiking opportunities for all ages, including a way to walk off your turkey dinner!


November 9
The Historical Society of Rockland County invites you to join us on a daytrip to visit the Waterwheel in Tallman, New York. Guests will meet at the Waterwheel Restaurant and Cafe for a special viewing of a documentary film about the Waterwheel, followed by a guided tour of the mill and other old buildings on the property. $30 per person, includes gourmet luncheon at the restaurant.      

November 10
The John Jay Center will host at the Van Norden Carriage House a the story of Downton Abbey. Although famous today as the country house depicted in the television series, Highclere Castle in Berkshire has a rich and fascinating history that goes far beyond its television fame. Architectural historian Curt DiCamillo will explore Highclere Castle, and explain how the fictional Downton plotline has unexpected echoes to Highclere's history.    

A highlight of this year's program will be a commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa, which occurred November 20-23, 1943. We will also honor veteran's representing all 151 years of our Purple Heart timeline with a visual tribute to their service.

November 11
A Watershed Moment: Changing Climate & the Future of Our Water Resources
A Conference presented by Mohonk Consultations & the Hudson River Watershed Alliance. This conference will review what we currently know about our water resources and recent regional plans and initiatives that address issues of water quality, availability, management challenges and links to sustainability and resilience.

November 12
Conservation Development: What Municipalities Want To Know
Sponsored by Columbia Land Conservancy,this workshop is an opportunity to understand the legal basis in state law for cluster or conservation subdivision. It will review procedures that can help your municipality ensure that conservation will be achieved and explain conservation easements: how they differ from deed restrictions, the nature of "term" easements, the pitfalls of municipally held easements, how to work with a land trust to shape the best project, and more.  
November 13

The workshop will cover the basics of maple production including: Why make maple syrup, what trees can you tap, how to tap, sap collection, sap processing, when is it syrup, canning and preserving syrup, what else can I make from maple syrup and regulations related to making maple syrup. 


November 14

Green Infrastructure Short Course

Building Natural Drainage Systems - Presented by Dutchess County Planning Federation


November 16

Sand Lake Center for the Arts Welcomes back Bill Staines in Concert

Described as a modern day Joseph Foster, Bill sings songs which are timeless and forever. This concert is part of the Squire Jacob Concert Series.


Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Work Day

Lend a hand to spruce up the newly expanded 24-mile rail trail from Gardiner to Kingston. Get fresh air and help out one of your favorite trails!  


November 18

"Save Energy, Save Dollars" EmPower Workshop

Learn how to save money by reducing your home energy consumption via low-cost and no-cost energy conservation methods. Participants receive three free compact fluorescent light bulbs (limit one offer per household). Door prizes and light refreshments will be offered. EmPower workshops are sponsored by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and developed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension and NYSERDA.


November 19

Columbia County Trails Roundtable

Share your local trail news, and hear from guest speaker Craig Della Penna, rails trail advocate, former New England Field Representative for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.  Bring your questions for him about how to get started, overcome obstacles, and take advantage of all the synergies that trails can offer your community.


Green Infrastructure Financing

Sustainable Financing Options for Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Management
An educational workshop sponsored by the Hudson Valley Regional Council. 


NYSERDA "Did You Know...?" Webinar 

This webinar is targeted to assist municipal and county leaders in identifying New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) programs that encourage sustainability through planning and building energy code development. The Cleaner, Greener Communities program will be highlighted, along with other NYSERDA opportunities of special interest to local governments.

Through November 30
Native Love exhibit - Indian Ink: Iroquois and the Art of Tattoos
Inspired by Mohawk artist/curator Ryan Rice's Native Love exhibit and a presentation by Carla Hemlock of Kahnawake, Indian Ink will showcase contemporary tattoo art, the work of young Haudenosaunee designers such as Lyle Logan and Ike Hopper.


December 6

Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference:

Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future -This year's annual conference discusses the challenges communities in the New York Metropolitan area face because of natural disasters, a changing climate, new demographics and technologies, and inequitable living conditions. 


December 14  

Christmas with the Ellisons:
Tour by candlelight the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion decorated for the holiday season in 18th century fashion. The house will have costumed staff in each room. 


Ongoing Events: 


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."  


Fill Your Hudson River School Art Trail 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.


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Heritage SpotlightHeritageSpot

Autumn 2013 Cover  

The Hudson River Valley Review Autumn 2013 Issue is out now!


As a part of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the Hudson River Valley Institute produces the bi-annual Hudson River Valley Review. This publication  highlights regional history and interests.


In the Autumn 2013 issue such articles included examine the important role that the region played during and after the Revolutionary War, how the valley was later shaped, both physically and economically by the business interests of out-of-state corporations and New York City investors. The Review also presents a case study in how historical research can solve centuries-old mysteries, then visit the Madam Brett Homestead, the group camps of the Palisades Interstate Park, and revisit the founding and legacy of Scenic Hudson in our Regional History Forum. Teaching the Hudson River Valley features an adapted panel conversation on teaching future teachers about our state's history. In other words, it's a full issue.


To learn more about The Hudson River Valley Review and the Hudson River Institute, click here.   


Project SpotlightProjectspot
Town and Village of Saugerties Comprehensive Plan 
In June 2011, The Town and Village of Saugerties were awarded a $15,000 Greenway Communities Grant for a Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town and Village of Saugerties adopted their first joint Comprehensive Plan in December 1999. Since that time, these municipalities have completed a variety of special planning studies, including an area-wide mobility study, an open space plan, an economic development plan and an aquifer and surface water analysis. The Greenway grant allowed the Town and Village to update their comprehensive plan to incorporate the various planning studies completed since its adoption into one cohesive document, and to establish an action program for implementation. 

These communities have taken important steps in redefining and updating their shared vision for the future by including significant public participation and outreach in the process. Communities throughout the Hudson River Valley are recognizing the value of working together to plan in a way that addresses local and regional issues. The Greenway is pleased to be able to support communities taking an intermunicipal approach to their comprehensive planning, to more effectively address ways of accommodating increased residential growth, encourage compatible economic development while preserving important natural resources and maintaining community character. 
GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month


Replace Your Furnace Filter
With heating season around the corner, it's a good time to check your furnace filter. A dirty filter will cut down on the efficiency of your furnace, costing you more in energy expenses.

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