October 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

Another Fantastic Ramble Wraps Up for 2014 

Prickly Porcupines Ramble at Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center (Photo credit Robert Goldwitz)
The 14th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble was an amazing success! Four beautiful weekends this September were filled with activities from hiking to kayaking to kite flying and more! This year's Ramble had more than 180 events and more than 160 partner organizations. We are especially grateful to all of our wonderful Ramble Event Leaders and organizations who have dedicated their time and effort to making this an exceptional event. Thank you for making the Ramble such a success! Check out our Facebook page to see more photos of the events.

Hudson Rising: Stories of Revival from the Hudson Valley  


After three years, production of Hudson Rising is nearly complete and the premiere is scheduled for October 26th 2013, and will begin with a 6:00 PM reception at the Basilica in Hudson. Hudson Rising is a collection of stories celebrating citizens who are making a difference in the Valley: kids rebuilding downtowns, farmers reinventing farming, the scientist who dreamed that the Hudson Valley could become the next Silicon Valley, and many more. To attend the premiere, RSVP to rsvp@ourhudson.org.  To read more about the film, click here  


Free Habitat Assessment Training

Many Hudson Valley communities are creating habitat maps to help set conservation priorities and identify areas that are appropriate for development. Some are using conservation subdivision and zoning to incorporate protection of natural areas into community growth, or passing open space plans that map the town's vision for natural resource protection. The effectiveness of these tools and policies can be enhanced through the use of Habitat Assessment Guidelines during the site-planning process. On November 2, the Hudson River Estuary Program will sponsor a free, one-day workshop where participants will learn how to design and implement Habitat Assessment Guidelines in their town or municipality.



Public to Comment on Draft Hudson River Estuary Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a draft of the Hudson River Estuary Habitat Restoration Plan to guide restoration and protection actions that will sustain priority habitats in the Hudson River estuary and tributaries from the federal dam at Troy to the Tappan Zee Bridge. The plan identifies four priority habitat types for restoration: intertidal (the area between high and low tide), shallow water, shorelines and tributaries. These habitats are all important to the overall health of the ecosystem; have been degraded or destroyed on a large scale by human action; and provide feasible opportunities for restoration. Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted through October 31. Read more...


Greenway Board Meeting

The Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley will meet on October 16, 2013. Read more...

 Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications are due December 10, 2013 for the January Board Meeting.


Erie Canalway Grants

This is a competitive grant program which makes awards ranging from $2,000 to $7,000. The grants fund projects that serve to advance the goals and strategies of the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan. Deadline: October 25


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

Pre-application webinar: October 16  


New York Natural Resources Conservation Service FY 2014 Programs

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Offers financial assistance for practices which address soil erosion, water quality and habitat degradation.  Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP): Helps participants restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat in grassland and shrub land areas. Applications due: October 18


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.

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation Historic Roadside Marker Program

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: October2013  


October 16

Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting at Taconic Regional Office of NYSOPRHP 


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

October 1-29
October Programs at Minnewaska: Get in on all the action at Minnewaska this fall, including birding hikes, fall foliage hikes, kids activities and more.

October 4

Owl Prowl at Stony Point Battlefield

Search the night woods for Great Horned Owls and Screech Owls. Site staff will lead a walk to find these magnificent creatures.   


October 4-5

Twin Forts Day:The Assault on Forts Montgomery and Clinton 
There will be a reenactment of this desperate battle on the actual battlefield of Fort Montgomery; cannon firings, including the fort's 32-pounder "George" and military drill and living history demonstrations throughout the day.   


Weekends through October 
Hudson River Sight Seeing Cruise
Come enjoy a narrated scenic trip down the Hudson with a Sight Seeing Cruise departing from Albany.   


Downton Abbey and Gilded Age ScandalsThemed Tours at Staatsburgh SHS

The tour highlights Staatsburgh's real-life counterparts of theDownton Abbey characters and the preparation of the mansion for a weekend of entertaining.  Reservations required.  


Fall Tours at Manitoga
Friday through Monday until October 28 
Experience the spectacle of autumn at Manitoga, the Home, Studio and Woodland Garden of mid-20th century designer Russel Wright. Every season offers new surprises. Reservation only.  


October 5

Senate House State Historic Site 18th Century Autumn Festival

Visitors will have a chance to see demonstrations of activities that were traditionally done in the autumn in the 18th century including meat smoking in a wooden barrel, apple cider pressing, making apple butter over an open fire, and blacksmithing. 

October 5-27

Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain  


October 6
Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents a Demo on Cooking with Root Vegetables
Cookbook author Andrea Chesman demonstrates the best ways to enjoy root vegetables. Eating local means encountering new vegetables. 

October 11

Annual MoonWalk on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail
The evening will feature an after dark walk on the trail, cider and donuts with our ghostly storyteller and a roaring bonfire.  

October 12

Birds of Winter at Stony Point Battlefield
How do birds find food, shelter, and warmth during the winter presentation months in our area? Discover the challenges and rewards of Winter Bird Watching in the Hudson Valley.   


Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Bing Futch in Concert
This award-winning singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL takes the Appalachian mountain dulcimer to electrifying extremes.

An Evening Under the Stars! Gala Fundraiser for the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

The evening will feature gourmet hors d'oeuvres and regional and nationally famous wines; dancing to the awesome sounds of CloudNYne; silent and live auctions.   

October 13

8th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture at Thomas Cole NHS
America's Eden: Thomas Cole and 'The Voyage of Life'   


HudsonFest 2013 on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail
Many local and Hudson Valley vendors who will feature specialty items from local farms, vineyards, restaurants, and more.  


October 15

State Environmental Quality Review Act - Overview of the New Environmental Assessment Forms

Presented by the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation


October 16

Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts Annual Southeast NY Stormwater Conference

Green Infrastructure for Wet Weather: Cleaner Water & Safer Communities  


October 17

The Abolitionists: Created Equal Film and Conversation Series
The Historical Society of Rockland County is proud to partner with other cultural and history organizations for a unique series of documentaries and discussion forums centered on the Civil Rights movement.

October 18-19, 25-26

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours 
Guests of Clermont SHS will find themselves welcomed into a 1921 Halloween party complete with an eccentric spiritual medium, crystal ball, and a reproduction 1916 Ouija board. When the s´┐Żance goes wrong however, the lights go out, and the house is filled with ghosts from throughout the mansion's 250 year history. Reservation only.


October 19

A Crossroads of Music & Nature 

Join us for cocktails and music as percussionist Jeff Haynes and his network  of multi-genre musicians share nature's stage at Manitoga.


October 22

Hudson River Foundation Fall Seminars 2013

The Power of the Sea: Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters


October 23

The Mid-Hudson Region in the American Revolution: A Symposium at Dutchess Community College


October 27

75th Annual Torrey Memorial Hike

Hike up Long Mountain in Harriman State Park with the NY-NJ Trail Conference

November 4
Dorsky Museum Hosts Distinguished Speaker:
Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University.

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.


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.


Heritage SpotlightHeritageSpot

New Civil War Exhibit at the Senate House State Historic Site

Opening October 12th, the Senate House will host a new exhibit, "With Malice Toward None: Ulster County and the Civil War." Ulster County citizens provided an impressive contribution to the Civil War. Soldiers of every rank stepped forward to answer the call to preserve the Union. This exhibit explores the sacrifices local residents made during one of the most critical periods in American history.


The exhibit is located in the Loughran House, 296 Fair Street in Kingston. The house was built by
Civil War veteran, Dr. Robert Loughran in the early 1870s. Loughran served as a surgeon in the 20th Regiment, NYSM. The free exhibit will be opening at 11 AM, Saturday, October 12,
as part of the Ulster County Cultural Heritage Week. All are invited to attend.
For more information, please call (845) 338-2786. 


Project SpotlightProjectspot
Kingston Land Trust Kingston Rail Trail Project

In 2011, the Greenway awarded a $10,000 matching grant to the Kingston Land Trust for an engineering study on a 1.5 mile right-of-way, owned by the City of Kingston, to connect Midotwn to Rondout Waterfront with a multi-use trail that will be free and open to public. The proposed Kingston Rail Trail would provide access to the Kingston High School, the JFK Elementary School, City Hall, Kingston Hospital, Hasbourk Park, the Rondout Waterfront, shopping districts and several residential neighborhoods.


The Kingston Point Rail Trail Feasibility Study was completed by Alta Planning and Design in 2013, and gives detailed route proposals, cost estimates and implementation steps for completing the trail. In July 2013,  the Kingston Land Trust hosted a County-wide trails summit,  to help coordinate regional efforts to build a world-class trail network in Ulster County. The Greenway was pleased to participate in this informative session. This project will help set the stage for enhanced recreational opportunities, better waterfront access, better connections within the city, enhance quality of life for residents, and help to increase tourism.  The Greenway is proud to be able to provide the financial assistance to municipalities and non-profits in their efforts to improve the connections between communities in the Hudson River Valley, ultimately resulting in a regional network of trails.  
GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month


Compost Your Leaves 
Yard waste is the second-largest component of our trash stream (behind paper), according to the EPA, and makes up roughly 20 percent of most communities' haul. Instead of bagging up all those fall leaves and stacking them out at the curb, turn them into compost, and save energy and landfill space.
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