October 2011


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 

Project Spotlight                      Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew




Sunset Seining & Song at Esopus Meadows Preserve 

Credit: Robert Goldwitz, www.robertgoldwitz.com

12th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble A Great Success!

The Hudson River Valley Ramble took place September 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25. Nearly 200 hikes, bike tours, walks, paddles, festivals, river explorations and historic site tours were held throughout the region. Even though some events had to be cancelled due to storm damage, early participation numbers show that year's Ramble was very well attended!  The Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area would like to thank all of the Ramble event leaders for their time and efforts, and all of our tremendous sponsors for helping to make this event possible. Read More... 



Wild Edibles Identificaton Walk in New City

Credit: Robert Goldwitz, www.robertgoldwitz.com





Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Joint Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and the Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley, Inc. will be held of Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 9:30 AM.The Meeting will take place at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park, NY. The Board meeting will feature a presentation by Peter Wohl, Empire State Development's Capital District Regional Director and Executive Director of the Capital District Regional Economic Development Council. Read More... 


Ulster County Trail Conference 

On November 5, the Greenway will co-sponsor an Ulster County Trails Conference on the SUNY New Paltz campus, in partnership with Ulster County, Barton and Loguidice, P.C., Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association and the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach. 
Session topics include trail plans, opportunities, and current project situations in Ulster County and beyond, the integration of trails into the local transportation system, and the economic impact and community benefits of trails.


OurHudson Barge Tour

 Building on its success in Kingston, the OurHudson Barge Tour will soon be docking in Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and Hudson. There, it will be continuing an unprecedented effort to marshal grassroots ideas for creating a prosperous future for the region built on its diverse strengths, from farmland and vibrant cities to the unparalleled scenery of the Hudson River itself.  Read more...


Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants will be due December 16th for our January Board Meeting. Read more...


New York State Consolidated Funding Application

Through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), a single application for multiple sources of state funding, New York State is soliciting grant applications for funding to advance the priorities of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC). Application materials are available online at http://nyworks.ny.gov.
The funding solicitation opened on Friday, September 2 and applications will be accepted through the CFA until 4:00 pm on Monday, October 31, 2011. Final attachments related to program specific requirements, if applicable, are due by 4:00PM Friday, November 4.  

Read More... 


Healthy Trails, Healthy People Program:  Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) is offering assistance to communities wishing to develop a new multi-use trail or increase usage on an existing trail. (October 12) Read more...

NOAA Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011
 NOAA Sea Grant is planning to make a total of $1 million available for a national competition to fund climate adaptation in coastal communities. Climate adaptation projects can request a maximum of $100K in federal funds. Matching funds are required. (November 22) Read More...


FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance FEMA HMA programs provide funding for certain mitigation activities that act to reduce disaster losses, while protecting life and property from future damages. The five grant programs within FEMA HMA include: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP), Pre-disaster mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC), and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL). (Dec. 2) Read more...


Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) Offered through NSF, as well as the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), this grant is focused on understanding and predicting interactions between water systems and climate change, land use, built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models. (October 19) Read More...


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)  



BJ's Charitable Foundation to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. Read More... (Ongoing) 

EventsRegional Events


September 1 - October 30


Anton Otto Fischer: Enjoy this exhibit of works by noted marine artist and "Saturday Evening Post" illustrator at the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery.  


October 7-10 

       Our Hudson Barge Tour docked in Hudson.


October 12

Focus on Orange County's Cities: Overview of current economic development trends, and a discussion on the local and regional issues which challenge economic growth.


October 14

Art & Wine in the Hudson Valley: A Year-Long Celebration of Art & Wine, presented by Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, concludes in Albany at the Albany Visitors Center.


October 15

 Hudson Valley Artists 2011 gallery talks: The third and final talk to be given by this years Hudson Valley Artists.


 SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 10th Anniversary Celebration


October 18

 MUSIC AT THE DORSKY: Electro-Acoustic Concert


October 20 

 Keeping Up With the Schuylers: Wander into the year 1787 and let Philip Van Rensselaer tour you around the bells and whistles of his almost-completed mansion, Cherry Hill.


October 21

  Full-Day Session - Planning & Zoning Boards : Learn basic site plan interpretation and hands-on map reading, explore legal matters and case law related to zoning boards, and discuss the relationship between the two.

October 25

 MUSIC AT THE DORSKY: Choral & Jazz Vocal Fest


October 29

Shaker Christmas Craft Fair: Seize this perfect opportunity to shop locally and support New York and Vermont artisans.


Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents: the Ramblin' Jug Stompers in concert


It was dark back then: Tour the grounds of Knox's Headquarters by night if you dare for a frightening good time.


A Great Sorrow: The staging and discussion of an early American funeral.


HeritageSpotlightProject Spotlight

Greenway and Ulster County Trails


On November 5, The Greenway will co-sponsor an Ulster County Trails Conference on the SUNY New Paltz campus, in partnership with Ulster County, Barton and Loguidice, P.C., Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association and the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach. Session topics include trail plans, opportunities, and current project situations in Ulster County and beyond, the integration of trails into the local transportation system, and the economic impact and community benefits of trails.


Ulster County has been a great partner ofthe Greenway on trails and trail projects. In the past two years, the Greenway has funded trail projects by Ulster County, the Southern Ulster Alliance and Hudson Valley Rail Trail, totaling $26,250.


Completed last fall was the trail construction to Sojourner Truth Ulster Landing County Park, which added 400 feet of ADA accessible trail that connects a parking area with

an existing ADA accessible trail and other recreational trails.

Sojourner Truth
The Sojourner Truth Ulster Landing County Park


The trail enhancement also provides for scenic overlooks of the Hudson River with a bench.  

The park is located along the banks of the Hudson River, and features hiking trails, a sand beach, an observation deck, picnic benches, a boat launch and a pavilion.


The Hudson River Valley Greenway also funded the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association's newly published brochure that highlights the trail and its amenities, and also serves as an important marketing tool for the the rail trail. The rail trail is an important link to Walkway Over the Hudson State Park.


Ulster trail funding
The Hudson Valley Rail Trail receives Greenway trail funding

A third Ulster County

trails project is with the Southern Ulster Alliance, that will design a link between the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, creating a more connected regional trail system in Ulster County. The Southern Ulster Alliance is a voluntary collaboration of five municipalities and the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce.


The Greenway hopes that this upcoming conference will strengthen communication among trail advocates in Ulster County, leading to further trail connections and promoting the goal of a regional trail system. More information about the trail conference is available at the Greenway website, or by calling the Greenway at 518-473-3835.

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



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