November 2015

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
New Trails and Kiosks in Hyde Park 
Trail Opening Ribbon Cutting
On October 23rd, representatives of the Hyde Park Greenway Tr ail Committee, the Town of Hyde Park, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Scenic Hudson marked the opening of a n ew 1.5 mile section of the Hyde Park Greenway Trail with a ribbon cutting. 

The trail is part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and this connection is a step in joining the Mid-Hudson Bridge to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, and beyond. More...

Photo L-R: Tierney Rosenstock, Winnakee Land Trust; Karl Beard, National Park Service; Kathleen Davis, Recreation Director, Hyde Park; Linda Cooper, Taconic Regional Director, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Jennifer Schwartz-Berky, Greenway Board Member; Aileen Rohr, Hyde Park Town Supervisor; Mark Castiglione; Assemblymember Didi Barrett; County Executive Marc Molinaro; State Senator Sue Serino.   
New interp retive kiosks along  the Hyde Park Greenway Trail were unveiled on October  29th at an  event at Mills-Norrie State Park. The new kiosks will connect people to local histor y and provide orientation to the entire Hyde Park Greenway Trail system, benefitting residents and visitors alike. The kiosks are located within Mills Norrie and the adjacent Staatsburgh State Historic Site  and were  funded, in part, through a $ 5000 grant from the Greenway.      

Hudson River Valley Greenway Awards Grants
The Greenway Board awarded a total of $33,500 in Greenway Communities Grants at its October 14 board meeting. Awards include: $3,700 to the City of Hudson for a GIS mapping database, $7,500 to the City of Port Jervis with Pattern for Progress for internal Main Street strategic planning, $6,284 to the Town of Gallatin for GIS mapping, $5,000 to the Town of Germantown for a comprehensive plan update, $7,500 to the Town of Hyde Park for a zoning code update, $7,500 to the Town of Salem for Main Street planning, $5,000 to the Town of Waterford for a comprehensive plan and zoning code update, $7,500 to the Village of Ellenville to prepare a downtown revitalization plan, and  $7,500 to the Village of Voorheesville for rail trail signage. See below for more information and deadlines on the Trail Grant Program.   
AT Building with Ramble Sponsor New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, credit Robert Goldwitz
The Numbers are In! 2015 Ramble a Huge Success
The 2015 Hudson River Valley Ramble had a tremendous turnout of par ticipants, with 221 events attracting nearly 50,000 Ramblers to the splendor of  the Hudson Valley this September.  More than 1,600 volunteers put in over 12,000 hours of work to make this event happen.  The Greenway thanks the 151 organizations and volunteers who gave their time and effort to help make the 16th 
Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble one of the best yet! 

DEC Announces $2,220,000 Funding for Grants 
New competitive grant funding is available to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary improve recreational access and estuary education, as well as design projects to increase resiliency to flooding, protect water-quality and enhance natural resources. 

The deadline for applications is December 16, 2015 at 3 p.m. The Requests for Applications (RFA) for "Local Stewardship Planning" and "River Access and Education" are available online through the NYS Grants Gateway.

New York History Month
New York State History Month represents an opp ortunity for historians to assert the vital importance  of preserving and learning about our state's history. It is also a time to engage  with the public through  programs and learning opportunities about the history of New York State and the ways in which we can
help preserve our history.

The New York State Museum encourages historians, museums, historic sites, archives, and libraries across the state to join in presenting events, tours, lectures, discussions, publications, and exhibitions that highlight the importance of New York State history, and the role they (and the public) play in preserving it. For more information, click here.
Heritage Spotlight
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater 
In 1966, there was a growing concern about the polluted Hudson River. Musician Pete Seeger announced plans to "build a boat to save the river," believing a replica of the sloops that previously sailed the Hudson would move people to protect it. Sloop Clearwater was constructed in 1969, and it  is recognized as America's Environmental Flagship being among the first vessels in the U.S. to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship.

        Float the Boat
Sloop Clearwater is currently undergoing a restoration of its hull, which involves replacing the frames, planks, and much of the "backbone" below the water line. The restoration is estimated to cost $850,000, and about half needs to be raised for the project. To find out more about the restoration campaign: Float the Boat.
Project Spotlight Projectspot
Beacon Rezoning 
Beacon Central Main Street Design 
In Oc tober 2011, Hudson River Valley Greenway awarded the City of Beacon with a Greenway Community Grant totaling $5,000. The grant assisted them in creating a Central Main St. Zoning District and a Linkage Zoning District and to apply the districts to certain properties. The new zoning uses a form-based approach. 

The purpose of the Central Main  Street District and Linkage District  is to provide more flexibility of land use while maintaining and enhancing urban form as recommended in the City's Comprehensive Plan.
Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities Grants
The next deadline for the   Hudson River Greenway Grants Program is  December 4th . This program offers financial assistance (approximately $5,000-$10,000) to designated Greenway Communities or Greenway Compact Communities within the Greenway Area. Projects should relate to community planning, economic development, natural resource protection, cultural resource protection, scenic resource protection, or open space protection. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 4:00PM:   December 4, 2015 . For more information,  applications , and  guidelines , please visit the program  webpage .

Park & Trail Partnership Program
Parks & Trails NY and the NYS Office of Parks, Preservation and Historic Preservation is offering $500,000 in capacity-building matching grants for Friends organizations of NYS Parks and Historic Sites. All final applications must be submitted by December 4, 2015. View the Request for Applications, review the  eligibility criteria, or start your online application. More...

Estuary Restoration Program Provides $730,000 in Funding for Resiliency Projects
The DEC Hudson River Estuary Program 2015 Request for Applications and the application form for the Tributary Restoration and Resiliency Grants are available online through the   NYS Grants Gateway . Completed grant applications must be submitted online by close-of-business   November 13, 2015 .   More...

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has provided $102,000 to be distrib uted by the Museum Association of New York (MANY). Grants of up to $5,000 are available to work on modest planning or implementation projects through two new programs, "Mini-Grants" and "Travel Grants". The deadline for the Mini-Grants program is   February 5, 2016 . For more information, please visit .

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections 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. Deadline: December 1. For more information, visit

Funding Opportunities through the Hudson River Estuary Program
New competitive grant funding is available to help communities in the  Hudson River Estuary.  Approximately $1,200,000 is available for "Local Stewardship Planning Grants". An additional $1,020,000 is available through a separate grant program, "River Access and Education Grants". The deadline for applications is December 16 at 3 p.m. The Requests for Applications (RFA) for "Local Stewardship Planning" and "River Access and Education" are available online through the  NYS Grants Gateway . More...

Rolling Acceptance of Grant Applications:

Federal Grant Opportunities (Courtesy of Congressman Paul Tonko)
A comprehensive and updated list of federal grant opportunities is available at the  website of New York Congressman Paul Tonko. 

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

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, please visit
November 18

Teaching the Hudson Valley will offer workshop Access for All: Creating Universally Designed Outdoor Learning Experiences, with Mohonk Preserve & Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association. More...

Join the Dutchess County Planning Federation in the  refresher course The Ins and Outs of the SEQRA Short Environmental Assessment Form. Find out about effective ways to complete and use these forms in your project review, and learn how to use the EAF Mapper application and the companion SEQR Workbooks. More...

November 22
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission cordially invites you to attend Fort Lee's annual commemoration of the British 1776 invasion of New Jersey and the beginning of Washington's historic retreat. This event is being held at Fort Lee Historic Park. View Schedule of Events. More...
December 1

The Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Teaching the Hudson Valley will offer a workshop called  At Home in the Hudson Valley: Teaching About Wildlife Habitats and Why They Matter. More...

December 4 & 5
The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites and Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership present a program facilitated by Facing History and Ourselves. Gain new strategies and activities to reinforce historical and literacy skills while exploring themes such as human rights and collective responsibility. More...

December 9
Deadline for Museum of New York Open Call for Nominations for Awards of Merit, which acknowledges outstanding programs and individuals who have made the state's museum community richer and more relevant. More...

Ongoing Events and Exhibitions:
The Olana Partnership announces special artist-lead tours to illuminate the exhibition River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes HomeMore...

Albany Institute of History & Art - Albany

Dia:Beacon - Beacon
Current exhibitions include Excursus: Homage to the Square. More...
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center - Poughkeepsie
Current exhibitions include Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument. More...

Friends of Historic Kingston - Kingston
Jervis McEntee: Kingston's Artist of the Hudson River School is the first presentation of the work of this Kingston native, a leading member of the Hudson River School. More...
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum - Hyde Park
The Spirit of the Gift: Gifts of State and Affection showcases gifts given to FDR by governments, organizations, and private individuals. More...
Hudson River Museum - Yonkers
Current exhibitions include Dancers Among Us: Photographs by Jordan Matter.
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art - Peekskill
Current exhibitions include Peeksill Project 6 and Hermann Nitsch's Leviticus. More...
Mary Rutherford Jay - Garden Architect at Jay Heritage Center - Rye
Mary Rutherford Jay was a descendant of John Jay and an early American landscape artist. This exhibition highlights her work, which combined horticultural knowledge with architecture and engineering. More...
Katonah Museum of Art - Katonah
Current exhibitions include Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from The Williams Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, and upcoming exhibitions include SupraEnvironmental (Opening October 25). More... 

Neuberger Museum of Art - Purchase
Current exhibitions include After 1965. More...

Rensselaer County Historical Society - Troy
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - New Paltz
Ted Spiegel Exhibit at Vanderbilt Mansion Visitor Center
Eleven large print photographs by Ted Spiegel are on view through April 30, 2016. More...

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