November 2014


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?New

The Numbers are In! 2014 Ramble a Huge Success

The 2014 Hudson River Valley Ramble had a tremendous turnout of participants, with 212 events attracting nearly 120,000 Ramblers to the splendor of the Hudson Valley this September. More than 1,600 volunteers put in over 16,000 hours of work to make this event happen. Greenway thanks all the organizations and volunteers who gave their time and effort to making the 15th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble one of the best yet! 


In appreciation for submitting comments on his Ramble experience, we are pleased to present Rambler Howard Weiner with a $100 LL Bean gift card! We're so glad he enjoyed his Ramble event, and we hope everyone who attended an event will let us know by filling out a comment card or going online!


In addition, a Ramble Event Leader from the Haverstraw Brick Museum will also receive a gift card from LLBean, for reporting back the attendance at their Ramble event. Feedback like participant comments and event attendance helps us to plan bigger and better events in 2015, so thank you to all who have contributed.


Greenway Awards Grants

At a recent meeting of the Joint Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, more than $80,000 in grant funds were awarded to 15 communities and organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.

Greenway Communities Grants

The Greenway Board recently awarded a total of $33,500 in Greenway Communities Grants were awarded at the Board Meeting. These projects include: $4,000 to the Town of Chatham, Columbia County for GIS Datasets to Inventory Natural Resources; $12,500 to the Town of Fishkill, Dutchess County for a Hudson Valley Urban Action Agenda; $8,500 to the Town of Olive, Ulster County for a Town-wide Flood Mitigation Plan; and $8,500 to the Village of Voorheesville, Albany County for a Main Street Master Plan.


The Greenway Communities Grant Program provides funding to help communities develop and implement a vision for their future that balances Greenway criteria of economic development considerations with resource protection and promotion objectives. 


Greenway Conservancy Trail Grants

A total of $50,000 in Greenway Conservancy Trail Grants were also awarded. These include:

- $5,000 to the City of Beacon for a Hudson Trail Master Plan

- $4,050 to Columbia County Land Conservancy for a Greenport Conservation Area Trailhead Connection
- $6,950 to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum for a Connecting Trail Phase II

- $3,000 to Mohonk Preserve  for Duck Pond Access Project

- $8,000 to the Town of Red Hook for a Red Hook Town Wide Trail Plan

- $3,000 to the Town of Stockport  for a Kinderhook-Stuyvesant-Stockport Inter-municipal Trail Survey

- $5,000 to the Village of Tarrytown for the Gracemere Trail Plan

- $7,500 to the Village of Wappingers Falls for the Wappinger Greenway Improved Signage Initiative

- $2,500 to the Walkway Over the Hudson for a New Trail Connections Project

- $5,000 to the Town of Windham for the Windham Multi-Use Path


The Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program supports the Greenway's goal to establish the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail, a contiguous trail along the Hudson River corridor linking cultural and historic sites, parks, open spaces and community centers from New York City to the Capital district. The program offers funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and trail-related interpretation projects.  Emphasis is placed on trail projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program, fill in identified gaps in the Greenway Trail System, and make improvements to the more than 700 miles of designated Greenway Trails. Since 1995, the Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program has provided more than $250,000 in funding for Hudson Valley trail projects. 


November is NYS History Month!

November is designated New York State History Month, with events and programming throughout the state. In November, historians across the state will work together to strengthen the state's history community and raise New Yorkers' appreciation of the value and impact of New York State's history. Visit the New York State Museum website for a list of programs all over New York, and check out the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area website for events in the Hudson Valley, and discover the rich and diverse history of our region.


Governor Cuomo Announces $70 Million in Funding for 68 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Champlain Canalway Trail Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that approximately $70 million Federal Highway Administration funds have been awarded to 68 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use transportation projects in New York State. These projects will promote walking and biking, and boost tourism and economic development in dozens of communities across the state. Several Hudson Valley projects are included in the list of awardees, including more than $1.5 million to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, an important link in the Greenway Trail. Read more about all the funded projects here.

Champlain Canalway Trail Work Receives Federal Grant

The Town of Saratoga has been awarded a $368,000 grant to design and construct a 1.5-mile section of multi-use trail along the historic Old Champlain Canal through the Federal Lands Access Program. This section of the Champlain Canalway Trail will run from the Schuyler House in Schuylerville south to Garnsey Lane off of Route 4, where it will soon link to another segment of the Champlain Canalway Trail. The entire trail will run from Waterford to Whitehall, a span of 58 miles. The Greenway is proud to be a partner in the Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group, and has been involved in the progress of this important link in the Greenway Trail for several years. Read more about this recent grant award here, and more about the Champlain Canalway Trail here.


Heritage SpotlightHeritageSpot

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art


The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is a world-class leader in contemporary art exhibition located in Peekskill. Both emerging and established international art is exhibited here in a 12,000 square foot former warehouse. The Center is dedicated to the development and presentation of exhibitions of interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of art in contemporary life, its contexts, and its social issues.


HVCCA is the primary sponsor of the Peekskill Project, an annual, city-wide exhibition of site-specific art. The Center is also committed to the enrichment of the Peekskill community, supporting an artist-in-residence program, drawing visitors from around the globe, and sponsoring sculptural installations throughout the downtown business district and Hudson River waterfront.


The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is one of the most recent heritage site additions to the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. 

Project SpotlightProjectspot

Half Moon Historic Encampment


The replica ship Half Moon, underway in full-sail on the Hudson River, was the centerpiece of a two-day historical encampment in the Corning Preserve on the Albany waterfront on the last weekend of September. The encampment featured hands-on demonstrations that investigated the crafts and technologies of a 17th century sailing ship and cultural exchanges between Dutch explorers and the original inhabitants of the Albany area, including flint knapping, blacksmithing, coopering, and canoe building. Members of the Native American Stockbridge-Munsee Community were present to interpret historic and current traditions, and colonial reenactors in period clothing presented musketry drills and cannon salutes throughout the day. For more coverage by the Times Union, see this article.


The replica ship Half Moon and its operating organization, the New Netherlands Museum, are heritage sites of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. The Corning Preserve encampment was funded in part by a $5,000 2014 Heritage Development Grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway, which is proud to promote the rich history of the Hudson River as a corridor of commerce, scientific discovery, and cultural exchange.

Upcoming Grants and Other OpportunitiesGrants

Greenway Communities Grant Program
Financial assistance (approximately $5,000-$10,000) to designated "Greenway Communities" within the Greenway Area. Projects funded under this program include those that relate to community planning, economic development, natural resource protection, cultural resource protection, scenic resource protection, and open space protection. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00 PM: December 5, 2014; February 6, 2015; May 8, 2015; September 11, 2015. 

Greenway Compact Grant Program
Funding for municipalities that develop, approve, and implement a regional compact strategy consistent with the Greenway criteria and the Greenway act. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00 PM: December 5, 2014; February 6, 2015; May 8, 2015; September 11, 2015.

2015 New York State Water Resources Institute/ Hudson River Estuary Program grant competition
These grants can fund research, management, and outreach activities related to water resources in New York. Proposals that address, or are relevant to, the Hudson River Estuary region in some way are particularly encouraged, although all geographical regions of the state are eligible. For more information, please see this PDF. Application deadline: December 1, 2014.
Applications due: 5 pm on Monday, December 1, 2014 via email to

Teaching the Hudson Valley Student Writing Contest
Each year Teaching the Hudson Valley asks students to tell us about places in the region that have special meaning for them. Top scorers receive funds that cover transportation and/or admission fees so they can share their place with classmates during a field trip. This year K-5 students may submit a poem of any style and length. Older students may send essays or creative nonfiction; grades 6-8 up to 500 words; grades 9-12, up to 1,000 words. Get details here. Writing must be completed during September or October 2014 and received by Monday, November 10, 2014

Get Ready, Get Set and GO! Grants
The Museum Association of New York offers Grants for Museum Advancement, including support for museums and historical societies, their staffs and volunteers in their efforts to strengthen and develop their institutions and work with their communities. Visit the MANY grants page for more information. Applications due: December 1, 2014.

Greater Hudson Heritage Network - 2015 Conservation Treatment Grant Program
Support of up to $7,500 is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, frames, sculptures, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects owned by eligible organizations. For guidelines, application forms, and listings of past grantees, please visit the Greater Hudson Heritage Network grants page. Please note the new application deadline: March 2, 2015.

2015 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program
The Department of Commerce announces the solicitation of proposals under the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) Program to improve the management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. More information on the EESLR Program can be found here. Application deadline: November 18, 2014.

National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants
The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) grant program of the National Endowment for the Humanities helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. For more information, visit the program website. Application deadline: December 3, 2014.

New York Council for the Humanities Reading & Discussion Programs for Adults
Open to any tax-exempt organization in New York State, the Council's Reading & Discussion Programs for Adults bring together community members for a series of thematically-linked, text-based conversations about important ideas. Eight themes are available. More information available here. Application deadline: December 12, 2014.

National Trails Fund
The American Hiking Society is accepting applications for National Trails Fund grants valued up to $5,000 between November 1 and December 12. If your organization is a member of the AHS Alliance of Hiking Organization and is preparing to complete a trail project in 2015, please consider applying for a grant. For more information, please visit the fund webpage.

U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Request for Proposals: Fiscal Year 2015 Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Act. For more information and application guidelines can be found here. Application deadline: December 15, 2015.

Summer Internship with Environmental Health Services
Applications are now being accepted for a 10-week internship with the Centers for Disease Control Summer Program in Environmental Health, which is geared towards majors in Environmental Health. More information available here. Application deadline: February 11, 2015.
National Parks Service 2015 Battlefield Planning Grants
The National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Grant Program is now accepting proposals for 2015. Non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments are encouraged to apply for funding to support archaeology, cultural landscape inventories, cultural resource documentation, GIS mapping, National Register nominations, and preservation plans. For more information, please visit the program website.

Museum Association of New York Awards of Merit: Open Call for Nominations
The MANY Awards of Merit program acknowledges outstanding programs and individuals who have made the state's museum community richer and more relevant. They reward the innovative efforts of staff and volunteers and they provide encouragement for the development of new and remarkable projects. Nominations are sought for contributions made in 2014. For more information on the awards please visit the MANY website, email, or call (518) 273-3400. 

Museums in Action 2015: Museums Mean Business - Call for Proposals
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is soliciting session and workshop proposals for its April 2015 annual conference in Corning, New York. The theme of the upcoming conference is the museum as an economic engine. For more information, visit the MANY conference website.

2015 Office of Environmental Justice Small Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice announces the opening of its application period for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. The EJSG Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. Pre-application assistance calls will take place in October and November. For more information, please visit the EPA website EJSG page. 

Master of Science in Engineering Management Program at Clarkson University
Clarkson University's Master of Science in Engineering Management program is expanding this fall. The two-year, 30-credit hybrid program, designed for rising at-work professionals, focuses on building expertise in project management, financial management, quality management, and operations management. Students meet with faculty in-person at the start of each semester and continue interactions online, building a sophisticated learning community with Web-conferencing, email, social media, and other innovative technologies. For more information, visit the program website.

Martha Washington Woman of History Award
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site will be accepting nominations for its annual Martha Washington Woman of History Award through January 9, 2015.
This award, now in its thirteenth year, recognizes women who have distinguished themselves in the field of Hudson Valley history and continues the site's mission of public education. To nominate someone for the award, please call (845) 562-1195.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Trained Logger Certification Courses
The Trained Logger Certification (TLC) program was developed to provide loggers a comprehensive training program that covers tree felling techniques, forest ecology and silviculture practices, and first aid/CPR skills. For a listing of programs covering these three areas of importance to loggers, including the "Game of Logging" that teaches appropriate chainsaw use and safety courses, contact Marilyn Wyman at (518) 622-9820, Ext. 36.


Voices of the River TO: Pete Seeger - Call for Submissions

Author and poet Charles Hayes is collecting submissions for a new ode to the Hudson River to be published in 2015, Voices of the River TO: Peter Seeger. This book will be a sequel to the 1978 anthology, From The Hudson to the World, Voices Of the River, a collection of Native American stories and modern poetry to the Hudson. Hayes is seeking submissions of short stories, songs, photos or other visual works related to the river. For more information, please visit this submission page.

Rolling Acceptance of Grant Applications:

Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (Ongoing)
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invite municipalities and nonprofit conservation organizations to apply for Farmland Protection funding. Prequalification for all not-for-profits is required; all municipalities interested must register on the state's new Grants Gateway website. For more information on this specific grant, please visit this page.


New York State Conference of Mayors Grant & Award Opportunities (Ongoing)
New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials provide access to several ongoing grant and award opportunities. NYSCOM shares several links to federal, state, private foundation, and corporate grant and award programs. For more information, visit the grants and awards opportunities page.

Regional Events events

Calendar of Events: November 2014


November 10

"Where it Grows, Where it Goes: Achieving Food Security" presentation at Mohonk Mountain House - New Paltz

Join Mohonk Consultations for an extensive day of informative presentations, panels, and roundtable sessions regarding dimensions of food security in the Hudson Valley. This is a participatory conference to encourage the exchange of ideas and foster collaborative efforts and good policy in support of our communities' historic agricultural character and meet the challenges to our food resources.


November 11

A Conversation on Creativity: Balancing Legacy and Experimentation at the Knoll NYC Showroom - New York

Join this lively conversation about Russel Wright design legacy hosted by author Julie Burstein, design expert Donald Albrecht, artist Stephen Talasnik, Russel Wright Studios president Ann Wright.


Veteran's Day Program at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

The Hall of Honor will conduct a brief ceremony and wreath laying in commemoration of Veteran's Day to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations strongly recommended: (845) 561-1765.


Hudson River PCB Forum at the Marist College Boathouse

Clearwater, NRDC, and Scenic Hudson present this urgent update on the Hudson River PCB cleanup process featuring elected officials, members of the public, and representatives of the Historic Hudson-Hoosic Partnership. For more information, call (845) 473-4440, Ext. 272.


November 13

Fort Montgomery Thursday Lecture Series - "The Ninham Land Trials" - Fort Montgomery

The Nimham Land Trials were an attempt by the Wappinger Indiansto reclaim title to 200,000 acres of land in the lower Hudson Valley in the latter half of the eighteenth century.  Speaker and attorney Bernis Nelson will tell the tale of this dramatic historic legal battle while lending a modern day legal perspective. Seating is by reservation only: (845) 446-2134.


November 14

"Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World": lecture at the Cary Institute - Millbrook

Head to the Cary Institute for a lecture by Dr. Stephen Kellert of Yale University, whose latest book, Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World, explores our connections to nature and their capacity to find meaning in life. For more information and reservation, please email or call (845) 677-7600, Ext. 203.


November 15

Raptor Rapture at the New York State Museum - Albany

Learn all about the grasslands of the upper Hudson Valley, which are home to some of the most endangered birds in the state. New York State Museum, Audubon Society of the Capital Region, and the Friends of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area present live hawks, owls, and falcons, talks on bird conservation, and children's activities like story-telling, arts and crafts, and owl pellet dissection in this popular annual event. For more information, visit this event page.


Lend a Hand on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail needs your help sprucing up this beautiful 22-mile path before winter sets in. For more information, or to sign up, please email, or visit


November 18

Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia and Greene Counties Annual Meeting at Columbia-Greene Community College - Hudson

Community members are invited to this annual meeting, which include refreshments, staff and volunteer recognitions, elections, and reports. Register online or by calling (518) 622-9820, Ext. 0.


November 21

Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration at the Old Dutch Church - Kingston

This festive kick-off event for the Sinterklaas festival features a Dutch-themed cocktail reception and a silent auction on a variety of holiday items, shopping sprees, tickets, and restaurant dinners. Festive attire encouraged! The festivities continue on November 29 (see listing below). For more information, visit


"The Senate House: Cradle of Democracy" - Kingston

Learn all about the Senate House - the oldest public building in the United States - in this talk by Deana Preston about the house's role in the American Revolution, the first capital of New York State, and the writing of the state constitution. For more information, visit


November 29

Sinterklaas Celebration - Kingston

Celebrate the Dutch heritage of the Hudson Valley in this event I Love NY named one of the "Top 20 Reasons to Live in New York State". A festive procession down Broadway will bring the beloved holiday story of Sinterklaas to life. For more information, visit


Ongoing Events


PALMAS at Manitoga - Garrison

The Manitoga tour season is nearly over, but there is still time to see PALMAS, Melissa McGill's site specific surround sound installation at the Russel Wright Design Center. Through November 10th.


Prospect of America: Selections from the Edgar Holloway Art Collection at the Rensselaer County Historical Society - Troy
At the urging of Rev. Thomas Phelan, English artist Edgar Holloway spent three summers in the 1970s documenting the imperiled historic buildings and street scenes of the Collar City in watercolor and etchings. These works are now on display at the Rensselaer County Historical Society. For more information, call (518) 272-7232 or visit Through December 20th. 


The Shakers: America's Quiet Revolutionaries at the New York State Museum - Albany

The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, presents this major exhibition detailing one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American history. On view from November 14, 2014 to March 6, 2016.


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Green Tip Of The MonthGreenTip

Get More Efficient Lighting


Replace an incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL). CFLs use only one quarter to one third of the electricity of a comparable incandescent. Save $44 on your electric bill for each CFL installed over the lifetime of the bulb.


Don't throw old or defective CFLs in the trash. Take them to a CFL recycling center or a household hazardous waste collection day. 


Information courtesy NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

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