October 2012


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


13th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble A Great Success! 

Hidden Valley Ramble with Friends of Taconic SP

Thank you to all our Ramble Event Leaders for their time and dedication to putting on a fantastic event! This year we had four weekends and lots of great weather, with thousands of people turning out to enjoy the rich landscape of the Hudson Valley. Our partners such as the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, I Love NY and the National Park Service helped to make this year's Ramble the best ever! 


Hudson River Valley Greenway October Board Meeting, October 17th

The next meeting of the Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway will take place on Wednesday, October 17th at 9:30 AM, at the Historic Cornell Boathouse at Marist College.The meeting will feature Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area business, as well as Greenway Conservancy, Greenway Compact and  Greenway Communities grant awards. Read more... 


Two Greenway Area Cities Named Great Places by American Planning Association Kingston and Saratoga Springs have been named to the 2012 list of Great Places by the APA! See what the APA had to say about these remarkable cities right here in the Hudson Valley.


Scenic Hudson's 50th Anniversary Photograph Exhibition

Scenic Hudson is creating a curated traveling exhibition of photography to mark the anniversay of their half century of work. The exhibition will travel to approximately six significant public spaces throughout the Hudson Valley during 2013. Professional and serious amateur photographers are invited to submit photographs that speak to the valley's magic and complexities as well as the enduring love so many feel for the region. Read more...

Stormwater Conference this November

The Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts presents the 12th annual Stormwater Conference & Trade Show Sustainable Development: Practical Solutions to Real World Problems.The conference will take place November 7-9 in Fishkill. Read more...
Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants are due December 7 for our January Board Meeting. Read more...


Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

Provides grant funds for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites. Read more...


NEEF Every Day Capacity Building Grants

The National Environmental Education Foundation's Every Day Grants will strengthen the stewardship of public lands by strengthening Friends Groups through funding for organizational capacity building. Read more... (October 30)


New York Sun Competitive Photovoltaic (PV) Program 

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) invites proposals for the installation of customer-sited PV projects in New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) load zones A through J and Renewable Biogas-fueled electric generation projects in NYISO load zones G through J.  Read more... (November 8)


PTNY Growing the Grassroots 

Parks and Trails NY Capacity Building Grants are now available. Grants of up to $3000 will fund activities that help develop and strengthen the skills, processes and resources that not-for-profit organizations need to succeed. Read more...  (November 12) 


USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs 

NRCS offers a variety of programs to help landowners address a wide range of conservation needs, including Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Agricultural Management Assistance Program, and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. Read more... (November 16)  


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)      

EventsRegional Events

October 6

Twin Forts Day

On October 6, 1777 an invading British Army assaulted Fort Montgomery and nearby Fort Clinton. Fort Montgomery State Historic Site in the beautiful Hudson Highlands will commemorate the 235th anniversary of this battle with reenactors, canon firings and more. Call 845-446-2134 for more information.


"Natural Instincts" - a Catskill Benefit
M Gallery will host an exhibition and sale of original works by Patrick Milbourn to benefit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.


October 6 

Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Sally Barris in concert.


October 7

First Sunday Free Gallery Tour

Tour the galleries of The Dorsky with guest educator Kevin Cook.


October 10

Lecture, 1812 - Uncle Sam's First War

The Greene County Historical Society is pleased to present a lecture by Tom Shanahan, who will discuss the history of the War of 1812 and how a local businessman became one of the nation's most visible symbols.


October 12

7th Annual Hudson River Watershed Alliance Conference

Learn about soil and sediment management from a local and regional perspective. 


October 13

Manitoga's Annual Woodland Landscape Program
Steward T.A. Pickett, Distinguished Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, discusses the management challenges facing the woodlands of the Hudson Valley in light of climate change and invasive species.  


October 14

7th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture at Thomas Cole SHS

"A Global Perspective for the Hudson River School" by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Senior Curator of American Painting, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  


October 20

Drawing Performance at the Dorsky Museum

Jaankia Peerna, artist, and David Rothenberg, musician, respond to each moment's offerings from Mother Nature through movement, drawing, and sound.


Dance Performance at the Dorsky Museum

"Tree - a Dance: trees we see, trees we dream, trees of our lineage."


October 21

Gallery Talk by Donald Albrecht and Dianne Pierce, curators of Russel Wright: The Nature of Design exhibition, at the Dorsky Museum.


Lincoln Historian Harold Holzer on the Image of the Emancipation Proclamation

Rye's own Harold Holzer will present the many iconic images of Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation as they have been engraved in popular memory in print, photography, paintings, sculpture and more. 


The Gathering of Old Cars at Staatsburgh State Historic Site

See classic cars in a Great Gatsby setting during peak leaf-peeping season. 


October 27

It Was Dark Back Then

Tour the grounds of Knox's Headquarters SHS by night... if you dare!


A Great Sorrow

The Bronck Museum will offer a program exploring the rituals and customs of death and burial in early America. 


November 3

2012 Annual Historic Barns & Working Farms Tour

Join Winnakee Land Trust for a tour of eight very special, privately owned barns and working farms. 


November 11

Honoring Our Veterans and Preserving Their History 

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor will celebrate Veteran's Day with a musical and visual tribute to our veterans.



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HeritageSpotHeritage Spotlight

Mount Beacon Fire Tower Restoration  by David Rocco

The Mt. Beacon Fire Tower Restoration Committee is proud to announce that significant additional progress has been made towards the restoration of the fire tower. The combination of the NY State Army National Guard and volunteers has now allowed the Mt Beacon Fire Tower Restoration Committee to proceed with the completion of remaining unfinished hand rail modifications, prime coating and finish painting the remainder of the fire tower. Work sessions are scheduled over the next several weekends to hopefully complete the restoration of the fire tower before the weather conditions make the access road to the fire tower impassable.  

The Mt. Beacon Fire Tower is located on the summit of South Beacon Mountain in the Hudson Highlands of Dutchess County. The Tower is a 60' high steel observation structure erected in 1931, and decommissioned permanently in 1975. Interest in preserving and restoring the Mt. Beacon Fire Tower for recreational use originated in 2003. A group of local and regional citizens formed the Mt. Beacon Fire Tower Restoration Committee and worked to fund restoration through fundraising and grants, two of which were secured by State Senator Steve Saland. On Saturday, October 6, 2012, starting at 11:00 AM at the Mt. Beacon Park parking lot at the corner of Howland Ave and Wolcott St., (RT 9D) the Mt. Beacon Fire Tower Restoration Committee will honor State Senator Saland for his contributions to the Mt. Beacon Fire Tower project.


As a historical point of interest, the platform landing steel grates now on the Mt. Beacon Fire Tower were obtained from the Walkway Over the Hudson / Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge renovation project. 

ProjectspotProject Spotlight
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Evaluation  HRVNHA Logo
In 2008, Congress mandated that all National Heritage Areas undergo an evaluation by the National Park Service. The purpose of these evaluations was to track the progress of each NHA since its inception, and determine future goals and strategies for the entire NHA program within the NPS.

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) participated in this evaluation process, and a report was issued by the consultant team Westat in June of 2012. The evaluation team found that, "... the HRVNHA and its management entity have remained true to the mission outlined in the original legislation and operationalized in the management plan." The mission of the HRVNHA is to interpret, preserve and celebrate the nationally-significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley.

Some of the highlights from the evaluation revealed some interesting statistics from the past 15 years, including:
  • Between 1996 and 2010, the Greenway awarded $2,355,424 of Greenway Council Grants to partner organizations for the preservation and interpretation of historic properties. 
  • During that time, the Greenway also awarded $1,219,401 of Greenway Conservancy Grants to preserve and restore the trail systems along the Hudson River.   
  • Approximately 95,000 volunteer hours are spent on heritage area events annually to increase stewardship for heritage resources.
  • Between 2003 and 2011, the HRVNHA awarded approximately 93 grants to schools through the Teaching the Hudson River Valley Explore Awards.
  • The Teaching the Hudson Valley grants have provided funding for 900 to 2,000 students to connect to heritage sites each year between 2006 and 2011.
  • The annual three-day Teaching the Hudson Valley Institute for curriculum development included between 140 and 200 educators and historians each year between 2006 and 2011.

These are just some of the achievements noted in the report. We are very proud that the Heritage Area programs have met with such success, and the contributions of our many partner organizations are what have made this success possible. 

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month


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