August 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 

hat's New?WhatsNew


Hudson River Greenway Water Trail Designated a National Water Trail

Congressman Maurice Hinchey joins Mark Castiglione, NYSDEC Region 3 Director Willie Janeway, Scott Keller of the Greenway, and others to celebrate the Greenway's National Water Trail designation. 
Photo credit: Robert Goldwitz

The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail has been designated a National Water Trail by the United States Department of Interior.  On September 8th, water trail enthusiasts were joined at Kingston Point Beach by Congressman Hinchey, Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo and other dignitaries for the announcement.   The announcement was followed by a paddle on the Hudson River and Rondout Creek.  The event also celebrated beginning of the 13th annual Hudson River Valley Ramble...Read more on the Greenway website; in the Times Herald Record; in the Mid Hudson News; in the Wall Street Journal; and on !



Hudson River School Art Trail Featured in New York Times Article

 A recent New York Times article focused on the newly expanded Hudson River School Art Trail. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage area was pleased to be partnered with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana, as well as many other organizations, in the expansion of the Hudson River School Art Trail. Betsy Jacks, Director of the Thomas Cole NHS, and her team have done an excellent job designing a great looking and functional mobile phone-optimized website that will be the vehicle to connect people to all these great locations along the Hudson River School Art Trail.  Read more... 


It's Here! The 13th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble


The Ramble website is stocked with events, including guided walks, hikes, bike tours, kayak or canoe trips; a family-fun festival or a river exploration. The Hudson River Valley Ramble booklet can be found throughout the Hudson Valley at tourism and heritage destinations. Visit to find your September adventures!




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...


America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors 2012 Grants 

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Forest Service and The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have launched a grant program aimed at increasing the number of youth recreating, learning and volunteering on public lands.  Read more... (September 19)

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) 

The Preservation League of New York State is pleased to announce the availability of Technical Assistance Grants. This program provides support for discrete projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources. Read more...  (October 1)  


NYS Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program

The SRTS Program promotes safe, healthy alternatives to riding the bus or being driven 
to school. Prospective sponsors are highly encouraged to attend a Safe Routes to School Workshop and familiarize themselves with the requirements of the program. Read more... (October 5)    


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 will be made available on September 18th. 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...


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


September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

13th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble: More than 170 Outdoor Adventures in the Hudson River Valley


September 15

Palisades Park Conservancy Annual Benefit at Bear Mountain Inn

Barnabas McHenry will be presented with the Palisades Founders Award, and the Conservancy will also extend its thanks and well wishes to the Honorable Maurice Hinchey


Kingston Home Port and Education Center Barn Raising Ceremony and Celebration

At the Hudson River Maritime Museum


Historic Esopus-Meadows Lighthouse Guided Tour

Tour the historic Esopus-Meadows Lighthouse aboard the M/V Lark. 


September 15-October 21

Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain State Park 


September 15-23

Ulster County's Annual Creek Week 

Learn about how you can protect or improve the environment, enjoy time outside with friends and family, have fun. 


September 19

"Kingston: Past and Present" - "Follow the River" Lecture Series at Hudson River Maritime Museum


September 21

POW/MIA Day at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

The Hall will hold a ceremony and offer recollections from former POWs. 


September 22

"The Language of Natural Materials" at the Dorsky Museum. What is the language of sticks, bark, bones, and stones? Hudson Valley artist Daniel Mack will bring materials for people to make their own messages to Mother Nature. 


September 19-21

Upstate APA Conference 

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association is hosting their Annual Chapter Conference in Corning. Conference registration is now open. 


September 22

A Blast from the Past 

In celebration of Museum Day & the Hudson River Valley Ramble New Windsor Cantonment staff perform a military demonstration and fire a cannon. 


September 23

Winnakee Land Trust Annual Meeting at the Pavilion at Linwood

Warren Temple Smith, President of Hudson River Heritage, discusses the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District. Free and open to the public. RSVP (845) 876-4213 


September 30

Celtic Day in the Park at Staatsburgh State Historic Site

A family festival of all things Celtic, featuring music, dance, bagpipe bands, story-telling, sheep herding, kids activities and more. 

Bronck Museum's Heritage Craft Fair
Spread throughout the houses, nestled beside the barns and across the lawns, crafters will be offering for sale all manner of traditional American crafts. 


Do you have an heritage event you would like to list? Go to our website and submit one today!

HeritageSpotHeritage Spotlight

Path Through History Conference

On August 28th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  unveiled New York's new "Path Through History," a statewide roadmap that ties historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout the Empire State.This new effort to highlight New York's rich heritage aims to not only showcase New York State's history and cultural significance but also promote tourism and economic development in communities in every region of the state. At the conference, the Governor announced that the state will allocate $1 million to jumpstart ten regional heritage tourism marketing plans. In addition, Governor Cuomo unveiled proposed new road signs to be installed on major state highways to promote sites from New York's history, and previewed a new website that will have additional information on the sites.
The Path Through History will be marked by brand new signs that will be placed along the New York State Thruway and other major arteries to direct travelers to historic sites in the area. Mark Castiglione has chaired the mid-Hudson Path Through History Committee, which helped to develop the plans for the mid-Hudson region. Read more...


ProjectspotProject Spotlight
Mohonk Preserve Land Asset Managment Plan
Mohonk plan In 2011, the Greenway awarded a $5,000 Conservancy Grant to the Mohonk Preserve for the Shawangunk Foothills Planning Project. Working with Mohonk Preserve's Facilities Task Force and other primary stakeholders, a consulting firm developed and documented a land asset management framework for the entire Mohonk Preserve holdings. The resulting document represents an initial vision for mixed-use conservation on the Mohonk Preserve Foothills lands. The plan lays out land planning goals that will guide the management of these important lands, including allowing for their ecological protection while maximizing opportunities for public access, environmental education, and farmland protection. The Greenway is proud to be a sponsor of such forward-thinking land use planning and trail alignment in our region's protected lands.

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



Plant a tree to clean the air: 

A recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology found that trees and other green plants can reduce two key air pollutants, nitrogen dioxide and fine particulates, eight times more than previously known. Strategically planted, trees can also reduce home energy use by as much as 30%, according to the Arbor Day Foundation


Read more: The Daily Green

(All information courtesy of the Daily Green)


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