July 2022

Kevin M. Burke, Chairman, Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley,
Co-Chair National Heritage Area,
J. Winthrop Aldrich, Acting Chairman Greenway Council, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Scott Keller, Executive Director Greenway,
Director National Heritage Area 
Monthly News, Events, & Grant
Important Reminders

  • Greenway Planning, Greenway Trail, and Heritage Development Grant Applications are Due September 2, 2022. More details.

  • Register an Event for the Hudson River Valley Ramble Before July 7, 2022, to be Included in the Booklet. Submit an Event.
Hudson River Valley Greenway Announces $108,000 in Grants

At its June meeting, the Hudson River Valley Greenway approved four matching Greenway Planning awards and three Greenway Conservancy Trail awards totaling $108,000. 

The funded Greenway Planning projects include:

  • $10,000 to Town of Easton, for a Comprehensive Plan - Phase 1 Vision
  • $10,000 to Town of Lloyd, for a Comprehensive Plan - Phase 1 Vision
  • $10,000 to Town of LaGrange, for a Open Space Plan Update and Implementation
  • $10,000 to Village of Rhinebeck, for a Comprehensive Plan Update

The funded Greenway Conservancy Trail projects include:

  • $20,000 to Esopus Creek Conservancy, for the South Bridge Replacement Project
  • $10,000 to Harlem Valley Rail Trail, for a Interpretive Signage Project
  • $38,000 to Open Space Institute, for Wallkill Valley Rail Trail - Rosendale Section

The next round of Greenway Planning and Greenway Trail Grant applications are due September 2, 2022. Information and guidelines are available here.
NYS Canalway Water Trail Designated National Water Trail by U.S. Department of the Interior

In celebration of Great Outdoors Month, the New York State Canalway Water Trail (NYSCWT), which includes the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals received special recognition from the U.S. Department of the Interior as a newly designated National Water Trail. 

These canals are all part of the Empire State Water Trail (ESWT) and with this designation over 62% of the ESWT is now part of the National Water Trail System!

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland recently announced nine new trails in seven states, adding nearly 600 miles to the National Trails System, with the NYSCWT the largest addition. The NYSCWT is comprised of over 450 miles of land cut canals, and interconnected lakes and rivers with more than 150 public access points for paddlers. The newly designated trails join a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails, which can be found in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 

This designation is New York State's third designated National Water Trail including the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail and the Bronx River Blueway. Learn more.
FBI Returns Two Stolen Paintings to Historic Huguenot Street After 50 Years

50 years and one day after the heist took place at Historic Huguenot Street two paintings from the Ezekiel Elting House were returned by the FBI. Both portraits were painted by Ammi Phillips in the 1820s and depicted Dutch settlers Dirck D. Wynkoop and his wife, Annatje Eltinge. The portraits are some of Phillips’ earliest works throughout his 50-year career traveling for portrait commissions.

Members of Huguenot Historical Society tracked down many pieces stolen from the heist in 1972 and local authorities made an arrest but the two portraits were never found. Carol Johnson, a Historic Huguenot Street trustee, and Josephine Bloodgood, its director of curatorial and preservation affairs, were able to spot the two portraits in a virtual catalog from 2005. After calling the FBI art crime team the agents found the paintings in a collector’s home several states away.

“It’s so rare to have portraits of individuals from this early period, especially for New Paltz,” Bloodgood said. “We’re so pleased to have the Wynkoop portraits back in the collection, where they can again be interpreted to tell a fuller story of our community and how it relates to the rich and complicated history of our country.”

Wynkoop arrived in New Paltz in 1738 and ran a wheat plantation on a farm owned by Noah Eltinge. He married Sarah Eltinge, Noah's daughter, who later died. After her death, Wynkoop married, Annataje, Sarah's first cousin. Dirck and Annatje were painted by Phillips in their elder years.

Huguenot Historic Street is a designated Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area site. “A Tale of Two Paintings,” a program chronicling the story, will be held at the site at 2 p.m. July 14th. Register now.
Hudson River Park's Pier 26 Welcomes 500,000th Kayaker

The Downtown Boathouse a Hudson River Greenway Water Trail Site in Manhattan announced its 500,000th kayaker in June from Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 Boathouse. Pier 26 is the southernmost designated site on the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, a National Water Trail.

A young lady from Buffalo became the half millionth kayaker to paddle on the river for free thanks to the Downtown Boathouse and its partnership with Hudson River Park. 

The Downtown Boathouse launched its signature free public programming for 100 members of the public in 1995 on Pier 26 when the pier was still owned by the NYS Department of Transportation. Later, programming was expanded for more kayakers to enjoy when the Hudson River Park Trust began redeveloping Pier 26 for public park use, and the Downtown Boathouse continued operations from Piers 40 and 96. The Downtown Boathouse was able to return to Pier 26 in 2014 to a newly built boathouse. Read more.
News From Our Partners at the Hudson River Estuary Program
Important Reminders

  • The Town of Olive and New Paltz Were Both Awarded Conservation Assistance by the NYSDEC. Read more.
Hudson River Atlantic Sturgeon: Studying the River's Largest Fish

Each June, biologists from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Fisheries Unit study the endangered adult Atlantic sturgeon when the fish return to the Hudson River to spawn. Atlantic sturgeon, the largest fish species in the Hudson River Estuary, are anadromous, which means they hatch in freshwater, spend most of their lives in saltwater, and return to freshwater to spawn. 
Atlantic sturgeon may live more than 60 years, reaching a weight of 800 pounds and a length of fourteen feet. They are armored with bony plates, evidence of a lineage extending back to the age of dinosaurs.

The fisheries crew set nets to catch the sturgeon, carefully moving the fish from the nets into a large pen in the Hudson, tied to the boat. Crew members then weigh and measure each fish, determines its sex, and scan them for an electronic tag, called a PIT tag (Passive Integrated Transponder Data tag).

PIT tags can be scanned to help learn more about sturgeon movement and behavior while in the Hudson, helping scientists learn what areas they use while in the river and how often they spawn. The tags also can be scanned and detected by other scientists in other rivers along the east coast. Atlantic sturgeon migrate as far south as Georgia and as far north as Canada's Bay of Fundy, so the tags give scientists clues about where sturgeon migrate from place to place. Read more.
Upcoming Events

*Please note that, while many heritage sites in the Hudson Valley have begun to reopen cautiously due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, some sites are still closed or have reduced hours. Please call the individual sites directly to inquire about their current status. New York State Parks remain open. While enjoying the outdoors, please follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19.

Going to an Event by Train? Download the Hudson River Train Tour App!
Between New York City and Albany, a world of history, nature, and culture awaits you. And there’s no better way to experience it all than by riding a train through the Hudson Valley. With the new, free Hudson River Train Tour app, you’ll discover what’s out that train window…and beyond. Learn more.

History Theatre at the Fort!, For Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montogomery, NY
July 9: Actors and living historians Gary Petagine and Sean Grady return to Fort Montgomery for a Revolutionary War themed drama based on actual events from Fort Montgomery history. More info.

Weir Tour, Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, Ossining, NY
July 9: After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Find out more.

Full Moon Hike, Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY
July 11: Join us for this full moon program as we hike through the park and talk about all things nighttime like nocturnal animals and what goes on outside while we sleep. More details.

"A Tale of Two Paintings" (WEBINAR)
July 14: Join this special presentation that will highlight two paintings by 19th-century American portrait artist, Ammi Phillips, that were stolen and missing from Historic Huguenot Street for fifty years. Learn more.

Guided Landscape Walk:What You See and What You Don’t See, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburgh, NY
July 15: A guided walk through the estate's grounds that explores how the landscape was designed to reflect the luxurious lifestyle of Staatsburgh's owners, while deliberately hiding the turn-of-the-century technology and labor that made the estate run. Read more.

Bee Day, John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah, NY
July 16: Meet the beekeeper at the Homestead's apiary to learn more about the bees and beekeeping. Learn more.

Flag Changing Ceremony, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Highland, NY
July 17: The American Legion Post 739 organize and present monthly Flag Changing Ceremonies on the Walkway to honor our region's veterans and their service to our country. More info.

Water Study, Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort, NY
July 19: Join Environmental Educator as you look in the water and try to scoop up aquatic macroinvertebrates. Find out more.

Crafty Kids Story Hour, Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, NY
July 22: This July, your invited to join the newly updated Visitor Center for an hour of stories, crafts, and fun! Read more.

Democrat Point, Taconic State Park, Millerton, NY
July 23: Town of Northeast Millerton Library present Twilight Music on the Pond Concert Series with Roger and Lenny and Ten Mile. Learn more.

Cyanotype Workshop, Shaker Heriatge Society, Albany, NY
July 23: This cyanotype workshop will start with the basics of how to make a cyanotype print on paper and fabric. Find out more.

Beginner Kayaking, Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY
July 29: Learn how to use a kayak on Thompson's Lake with certified instructors! More info.

Evening Battlefield Lantern Walk, Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, Stony Point, NY
July 30: Follow in the footsteps of the attacking American forces as the sounds of musket and cannon fire from the British camp echo around you. More details.

Yoga at Rockwood Hall, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville, NY
July 31: Explore the connection between breath and movement and learn the fundamentals that will help keep your practice safe and sustainable. Read more.

Barkley L. Hendricks: Intimate Impressions, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY
August 4-October 23: This exhibition was curated by Shari Fischberg, and features eighteen rarely seen or never-before-exhibited landscape paintings created during the artist’s annual winter sojourns to the island of Jamaica. Learn more.
Heritage Spotlight: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Dutchess County

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and is located near FDR’s home. The first presidential library—and the only one used by its namesake while in office—was planned and designed by Roosevelt in the Dutch Colonial style and houses his official papers, books, and other memorabilia, as well as the papers of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The library’s study was the scene of several of the president’s popular “fireside chats.” It remains as it was when FDR used it during his third and fourth terms. Museum exhibits focus on all aspects of FDR’s life, from his boyhood through his presidency, including the desk he used in the Oval Office, and his 1936 Ford Phaeton. Additional exhibits trace the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt. Learn more.
Project Spotlight: Programming and Outreach for the Exhibition ARRIVALS

The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) received a Heritage Development Grant to develop and conduct outreach for the exhibition ARRIVALS. ARRIVALS explored different perspectives on US immigration history, which included more than 50 artworks spanning several centuries. It focused on seven signal moments and periods of “arrival” in the creation of a national story: Columbus in 1492, the Middle Passage, the Mayflower, Ellis Island/Angel Island, WW2, 1965, and the southern border today. Together, these works illustrated our nation’s triumphs, but also revealed the complex and ongoing struggle to achieve freedom, dignity, equality, and basic human rights. The ARRIVALS exhibition has ended at KMA, but their new exhibition Tradition Interupted will be open to the public on July 10, 2022. Learn more about KMA.
Water Smart Landscapes

Landowners should consider planting water-smart landscapes to conserve water this summer. If you are designing a new landscape or rethinking your current one, EPA's WaterSense webpages can help you plan your landscape and choose plants that are drought tolerant for your area. Learn more.
Grant and Funding Opportunities

Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
This grant program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects. Special consideration is given to projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program. There is a new application for this program. Applicants should not use an older version. Applications are due September 2, 2022. More details.

Hudson River Valley Greenway Community Grant Program
Matching grants are available for Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Deadline: September 2, 2022More info.

Heritage Development Grants
This grant program offers funding for programming, interpretation, and marketing projects that support the mutual goals of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and applicants. Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $7,500. Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the HRVNHA's websitePlease note that staff time is eligible to be reimbursed, but only if that staff time is for the direct development of programming or interpretation, as identified in the grant application. We will be accepting applications with a September 2, 2022 submittal deadline. There is a new application for this program. Applicants should not use an older version.

National Heritage Area Sponsorships Available
The Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) will partner with various organizations to sponsor programs and events that reinforce the Heritage Area’s mission. While complimenting the mission of the Heritage Area, cultural, heritage, and recreational events deliver significant tourism and economic benefits to communities, and encourage local and regional partnerships. Municipalities and nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located within the HRVNHA are eligible to apply. There is a new application and budget form that must be used and can be found on our website. For more information, please contact Dan Jeanson at daniel.jeanson@hudsongreenway.ny.gov or 518-473-3835.

National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects
Through project-based funding, the Grants for Arts Projects Program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Deadline: July 7, 2022. More details.

DHPSNY Planning & Assessment Services
Conducted virtually, DHPSNY Planning & Assessment Services aim to improve adherence to preservation best practices and can be utilized to obtain additional funding, increase the accessibility and use of your collections, and more! Archival Needs Assessments: An excellent way to examine your archival program holistically through an external lens. DHPSNY Archival Needs Assessments cover Administration, Collections Management, and Collections Care.Preservation Surveys: A general evaluation of your institution's preservation needs, pinpointing areas of concern and recommendations for improvement in Preservation, Administration, Building Conditions, Environmental Conditions, Security and Emergency Preparedness, and Collections Care and Storage. Strategic Planning Assistance: This service helps organizations think proactively about their future and shape a three-year plan to serve as a road map for future decision-making under a trained facilitator. Deadline July 15, 2022. More info.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
HCRR advances scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities by helping libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country steward important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Awards also support the creation of reference resources that facilitate the use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. Deadline: July 19, 2022. Learn more.

Saratoga County Trails Grant Program
Saratoga County Board of Supervisors has allocated $100,000 in grant funds to assist
municipalities with the planning and construction of trails. Project that may be funded through this grant program include:
  • Engineering/Design/Feasibility Study
  • Construction of new recreation trails
  • Restoration of existing trails
  • Development and improvement of trail amenities including wayfinding signs
  • Land acquisition and permanent easements
  • Water trails aka “blue trails”
Deadline: July 20, 2022. Find out more.

America the Beautiful Challenge 2022
In year one of the ATBC approximately $85 million will be awarded in nationwide funding to advance the America the Beautiful Initiative and its goals to connect and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend. In the first year, ATBC will seek to fund projects across the following themes:
  • Conserving and restoring rivers, coasts, wetlands, and watersheds 
  • Conserving and restoring forests, grasslands, and other important ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks 
  • Connecting and reconnecting wildlife corridors, large landscapes, watersheds, and seascapes 
  • Improving ecosystem and community resilience to flooding, drought, and other climate-related threats
  • Expanding access to the outdoors, particularly in underserved communities
Deadline: July 21, 2022. Learn more about ATBC.

Department of Transportation Bridge Investment Program 
The Bridge Investment Program is a competitive, discretionary program that focuses on existing bridges to reduce the overall number of bridges in poor condition, or in fair condition at risk of falling into poor condition. There are three deadlines for this which are as follows:
  • Planning Grants must be submitted by July 25, 2022.
  • Large Bridge Project Grants must be submitted by August 9, 2022.
  • Bridge Project Grants must be submitted by September 8, 2022.
For more information visit the program's website.

Green Innovation Grant Program
The Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) supports projects across New York State that utilize unique EPA-designated green stormwater infrastructure design and create cutting-edge green technologies. Competitive grants are awarded annually to projects that improve water quality and mitigate the effects of climate change through the implementation of one or more of the following green practices: Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency and Environmental Innovation. Deadline: July 29, 2022Learn more.

Water Quality Improvement Projects
WQIP funds implementation projects to improve water quality or protect a drinking water source. Eligible project types include wastewater treatment improvement, non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control, land acquisition for source water protection, salt storage, aquatic connectivity restoration, and marine habitat restoration. For full program details and requirements, including maximum award amounts, required match, and project type descriptions, view DEC's WQIP webpage. Deadline: July 29, 2022. More info.

Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning and MS4 Mapping Grant
NPG funds the production of planning reports for nonpoint source water quality improvement projects and mapping of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4). For full program details and requirements, including maximum award amounts, required match, and eligible grant categories, view DEC's NPG webpage. Deadline: July 29, 2022. Find out more.

Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Program
Engineering Planning Grants help fund the development of an engineering report, which are required in the EFC financing application process. Grants are available to help municipalities jump start their work early on with funding for initial planning, so they can be better prepared to seek financing to help them complete their wastewater, sewer and water quality projects. Deadline: July 29, 2022. Read more.

NYSDEC's Climate Smart Communities Grant Program
The Climate Smart Communities Grant program was established in 2016 to provide 50/50 matching grants to cities, towns, villages, and counties of the State of New York for eligible climate change mitigation, adaptation, and planning and assessment projects. Funds are available for two broad project categories - implementation and certification. Deadline: July 29, 2022. More details.

NEA's Our Town Creative Placemaking Grant Program
Through project-based funding, the program supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. Our Town projects advance local economic, physical, or social outcomes in communities, ultimately laying the groundwork for systems change and centering equity. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. First Deadline: August 4, 2022. Find out more.

Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Grants Program 
The UAIP competitive grants initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Projects may target areas of food access; education; business and start-up costs for new farmers; and development of policies related to zoning and other needs of urban production. Deadline: August 2, 2022. More details.

School Bus Rebates: Clean School Bus Program
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 authorizes EPA to offer rebates to replace existing school buses with clean and zero-emission models. Deadline: August 19, 2022. Learn more.

NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program
Support of up to $7,500 is available for conservation treatment  
of paintings, works on paper (including individual drawings, watercolors, prints, or photographs), textiles (including costumes, domestic textiles, and upholstery), furniture, frames, sculpture, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects. Deadline: September 1, 2022. More info.

Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over the next 5 years. In fiscal year 2022, up to $1 billion is available. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. Deadline: September 15, 2022. More details.

Regenerate New York Forestry Cost Share Grant Program
The purpose of this grant program is to support the regeneration of forests so they may continue to deliver vital services such as mitigating climate change, protecting air and water quality, and supporting the economy. Through Regenerate NY, landowners can apply for financial assistance for projects on their land that support the establishment and renewal of healthy forests. This is a cost share reimbursement program, so all costs must be incurred by the landowner or fiscal sponsor before they can be reimbursed.
Deadline: October 7, 2022. Read more.

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Deadline: November 15, 2022. More info.

Community Planning Technical Assistance Program
Captial District Transortation Committee (CDTC) and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) are seeking applications for the 2022 Community Planning Technical Assistance Program. The program offers CDTC and CDRPC staff time and expertise to local governments undertaking small scale community planning initiatives. Only eligible for municipalities in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Saratoga counties. Deadline: Rolling basis until December. Find out more.

Extreme Terrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program
This program will provide eligible groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund their next trail improvement-related project, which could range from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, to name a few. Learn more.

New York State Assembly Grants Action News 
State, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. More info.