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Guide for creating vibrant waterfronts

November
16

The following came in from Scenic Hudson:

New Guide Helps Hudson River Communities Create Accessible, Healthy and Economically Vibrant Waterfronts
Publication also details preparedness for potential climate change impacts

HUDSON VALLEY – Communities throughout the region recognize that Hudson River waterfronts offer rich opportunities for economic development, recreation, environmental health and scenic beauty. These multiple values make the valley’s Hudson waterfronts hotspots for revitalization. But they also can create battlegrounds where competing priorities must be resolved. Scenic Hudson has created a new, practical how-to guide with strategies that can bring interested groups together to reinvent our precious waterfronts into powerful community assets.

Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts: Illustrated Conservation & Development Strategies for Creating Healthy, Prosperous Communities aims to help local officials, planners, developers and concerned citizens realize the full potential of their shorelines. Written to be helpful to riverfront communities of all sizes, Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts presents an economically sustainable and environmentally sound vision for waterfronts throughout the valley.

The Scenic Hudson publication illustrates for communities how to create publicly accessible, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use waterfronts in municipal centers while protecting ecologically important natural areas and iconic views. The book offers tools that will enable municipalities to focus development in areas with existing infrastructure close to transportation hubs and concentrate water-dependent commerce along the river—marinas, maritime museums, fishing operations, etc. Strategies in the guide are aimed at attracting visitors and permanent residents to downtowns, spurring new business opportunities.

The guide may be one of the first published to include strategies to help municipalities prepare for and head off the impacts of sea-level rise associated with climate change. Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts includes steps for reducing the carbon emissions of developments, promoting sustainable design.

Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson, said, “Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts not only lays out a vision for ensuring a healthy economic and environmental future for the Hudson Valley, but also offers practical tools necessary to achieve it. The book’s strategies will help public officials, developers and citizens work together to increase public access to the region’s greatest asset, the Hudson River. They also will reduce sprawling development that would otherwise obliterate the breathtaking landscapes and quality of life that are the foundation of the region’s $4.7-billion tourism economy and magnets for new business. Further, the guide seeks to ensure viability of our important farming industry and the healthy, local food it yields.”

Jonathan F.P. Rose, president, Jonathan Rose Companies, is an award-winning thought leader on green urban real estate solutions and has been featured widely in media ranging from CNN to The New York Times. Commenting on the Scenic Hudson guide, Mr. Rose said, “Over the next 40 years, America’s population will grow by more than 90 million. We have a significant choice as to how to accommodate this growth—either we will continue to sprawl, with its negative economic and environmental consequences, or we will rebuild and concentrate development in our cities, where it is most efficient. The Hudson Valley is blessed with wonderful riverfront cities and towns. Revitalizing waterfronts is one of the key ways to attract people to live and work in them.

“Scenic Hudson’s guide to revitalizing waterfronts clearly lays out the principles and strategies needed to create great places along the river, and backs them up with examples of completed projects. We are cleaning up the Hudson. This excellent guide provides Hudson Valley communities with a pathway to benefit from the river’s return to health. Particularly important and groundbreaking are its recommendations on adaptation to sea level rise due to climate change.”

Kudos for the guide also came from Judith Enck, regional administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2. That region encompasses New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and seven Tribal Nations. Ms. Enck’s 30 years of experience in the environmental field includes time as deputy secretary of the environment for New York State and policy advisor to New York State’s attorney general.

“Environmentally sustainable waterfront development is critical to connecting people to the Hudson River, a true jewel in our own backyard. This report gives solid, practical advice to local communities, businesses, planners, environmentalists and others on how best to improve access to the river in a way that protects the ecological integrity of the river. I applaud Scenic Hudson for this valuable report and their ongoing work to protect and restore this magnificent river,” said Ms. Enck.

Robert D. Yaro, president, Regional Plan Association (N.Y., N.J., Conn.), the nation’s oldest independent metropolitan policy, research and advocacy group, affirmed the guide’s value. A frequent author and sought-after expert, Mr. Yaro also is a professor of practice, City and Regional Planning, at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts. He expressed the importance of Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts: “Scenic Hudson has produced what no doubt will be a standard reference for all those who care about the future of the Hudson River Valley. The guiding principles and wonderful illustrations of infill and other centers-oriented development strategies will be of use to citizens, decision-makers and design professionals seeking to grow the valley’s economy in the right places.”

Specific advice on waterfronts built to absorb climate impacts while revitalizing communities
Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts includes practical strategies to help communities minimize damage to private property, public utilities and facilities as sea levels rise with climate change. By keeping critical infrastructure out of the way of rising sea levels, implementing green stormwater technologies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, communities can lower risks and costs to their citizens while improving access and natural resource health along the river.

Continuous greenway corridor among key strategies
One of the book’s most important recommendations is to create a continuous riverfront greenway corridor extending inland to the 100-year floodplain. In addition to providing public access to the river, the greenway would allow for the conservation of critical wildlife habitat and offer a buffer from flooding and storm surges. The book also points to resources for restoring and rehabilitating wetlands and other natural areas, and safeguarding the quality of groundwater, critical for protecting communities’ drinking-water supplies.

Guide’s dynamic design, illustrations and other resources key to its effectiveness
Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts features six chapters, 80 photographs and 30 drawings and maps that vividly illustrate strategies discussed in the text. It also offers links to dozens of additional online resources as well as an appendix of local ordinances that have helped communities across the state create more economically vibrant, environmentally healthy waterfronts.

The book is available online at www.revitalizinghudsonriverfronts.org .

Scenic Hudson planner will present on guide at upcoming conferences
Jeffrey Anzevino, director of Scenic Hudson’s Land Use Advocacy department, will make a presentation on the guide to professional groups at the New York State Conference on the Environment on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Thayer Hotel, at West Point, and at the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s annual conference on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in New York City.

Planning, environmental experts head editorial team
Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts was created for the New York Department of State’s Office of Coastal, Local Government and Community Sustainability with support from the Environmental Protection Fund administered through the City of Kingston. Theodore Eisenman was senior editor; Scenic Hudson staff serving as editors were Jeffrey Anzevino; Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president and executive director of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust; and Sacha Spector, Ph.D., director of Conservation Science.

The editors were guided by an Editorial Advisory Committee composed of leading experts on the Hudson River, planning, climate change and the environment. They included Heather Boyer, senior editor, Island Press; Suzanne Cahill, city planner, City of Kingston; John Clarke, development and design coordinator, Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development; Dr. Klaus H. Jacob, senior research scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University; Barbara Kendall, watershed special projects coordinator, Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program; Lynn Richards, Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. David Strayer, freshwater ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Sarah van der Schalie, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and David VanLuven, former Hudson River Estuary program manager, The Nature Conservancy.

About Scenic Hudson
Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited with saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today with more than 25,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. Our team of experts combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley’s inspiring beauty and natural resources. To date Scenic Hudson has created or enhanced more than 50 parks, preserves and historic sites up and down the Hudson River and conserved more than 28,000 acres. www.scenichudson.org <http://www.scenichudson.org/>

Posted by Mike Risinit on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 10:44 am |
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Open space has economic benefits, too.

March
30

Sure, open space is good for recreational activities and also carries environmental benefits. But land preservation also comes with economic benefits that are often overlooked, the state comptroller pointed out in a recent report.

“For example, benefits provided by open space, such as water preservation and storm water control, are often significant. In many instances it is less tjndc5-5rb6jvys3kyzgk2adfc_layoutexpensive for a community to maintain open space that naturally maintains water quality, reduces runoff, or controls flooding than to use tax dollars for costly engineered infrastructure projects such as water filtration plants and storm sewers,” according to a report issued this month by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

According to the announcement about the report, the state should consider:

Allowing municipalities to establish community preservation funds

Evaluating the adequacy of protections for lands providing benefits for municipalities

Improving state-level planning for open space to address long-term funding needs

Improving the administration of funds for open space programs

Encouraging private land conservation

Scenic Hudson, a Poughkeepsie-based environmental group, welcomed DiNapoli’s report.

“This report is timely because it will enhance awareness that even in economically challenging times, investing in land pays big dividends. The comptroller’s research powerfully conveys the deep and broad benefit that open space provides through the state’s tourism and agriculture industries. These job-creating, tax-paying industries are greatly underappreciated for their economic power. In the 10-county Hudson River Valley region, tourism spending is $4.7 billion annually and is responsible for 80,000 jobs. This tourism spending contributes $298 million in taxes that valley residents don’t have to pay. Farms too provide a great tax benefit because they pay much more in taxes than they consume in tax-paid services. Cows and crops don’t go to school, drive on publicly maintained roads or use other social programs,” Scenic Hudson president Ned  Sullivan said.

The photo by TJN photographer Tania Savayan shows Michael Barnhart, president of the Somers Land Trust and co-chairman of the Somers Open Space Committee, in the Angle Fly Preserve last year. In May 2006, the Westchester Land Trust helped broker a deal that saw Somers, Westchester County, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the state Department of Environmental Conservation put up $20.6 million to buy the 654 acres, which were slated for development.

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Scenic Hudson on State of the State

January
6

Scenic Hudson Statement on
Gov. Paterson’s 2010 State of the State Address

HUDSON VALLEY-“Governor Paterson deserves credit for promoting clean energy and for a focus on good government and ethics reform, but his address suggests that he is missing powerful opportunities to create jobs through restoring the environment and land protection. These investments are necessary for a truly green New York, which is key to the state’s economy and overall health,” said Andy Bicking, director of Public Policy for Scenic Hudson.

“Clearly the state faces significant fiscal challenges, but it’s critical that our state continue investing in the natural environment, and we didn’t hear those words in the speech today. Investing in land—our green infrastructure—helps keep family farms in business, and supplies New York City and the rest of our state with healthy food. Protecting land also safeguards clean drinking water and is critical to our tourism economy, which in the Hudson Valley alone generates $4.7 billion in spending every year and is responsible for 80,000 jobs. Money put to land and parks pays off. Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie has attracted more than 400,000 visitors—and their wallets—in its first three months. Further, research indicates that parks and other beautiful, natural areas are leading ingredients in retaining businesses and attracting new ones. New York must maintain a strong Environmental Protection Fund because it’s the funding source for investing in land, revitalizing downtowns, healthy air and water and more,” added Mr. Bicking.

“We’re looking for the governor to articulate a plan for the health, economic recovery and environmental restoration of the state and Hudson Valley. We didn’t hear about a stable Environmental Protection Fund or about the Hudson River Estuary Program, which has a proven track record in safeguarding one of the state’s leading assets—the Hudson River. We also need his support for the Greenway, which helps facilitate a green and prosperous Hudson Valley, a rising population and economic center for the state,” added Mr. Bicking.  “We are hopeful that his administration will understand these opportunities and work with the state’s environmental community in the context of the executive proposed budget to craft a responsible and accountable plan.”

About Scenic Hudson
Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors.  A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited with saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement.  Today with more than 20,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. Our team of experts combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley’s inspiring beauty and natural resources.

Posted by Mike Risinit on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
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Scenic Hudson’s new board members

December
28

Scenic Hudson Names New Board Members

HUDSON VALLEY – Scenic Hudson has named two investment professionals and a professor of international economic law to its board of directors. It also has named a fine art dealer and a lawyer to the board of directors for its land trust. These experienced experts will help Scenic Hudson create environmentally and economically vibrant Hudson Riverfront communities.

Frank Martucci of Irvington, Westchester County, and Ancramdale, Columbia County—Scenic Hudson Board of Directors
Mr. Martucci is president of Millcross Fund Management, Inc., a private investment company. A former senior managing director at Bear Sterns and Co., he has been actively involved with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Montclair Art Museum. Mr. Martucci also has served on the national board of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Academy of Design, the Montclair Art Museum and William Penn College, his alma mater. He is the former chair of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

With his wife, Katherine, Mr. Martucci is a collector of 19th-century American art. They have had a long and deep interest in the work of George Inness, a renowned artist of the Hudson River School who is often cited as the “father of American landscape painting.” Financial support from the Martuccis, who live in Irvington, Westchester County, and have a farm in Ancramdale, Columbia County, created the George Inness Gallery at the Montclair Art Museum, the Frank and Katherine Martucci Endowment for the Arts, and a major catalogue raisonné of George Inness by Michael Quick.

Mr. Martucci served previously as a Scenic Hudson board member and was a leader of the group’s campaign to defeat a massive, coal-burning cement plant proposed for Columbia County. In accordance with a term-limit policy, he rotated off the board before being eligible to serve again. In addition, he is a member of the Scenic Hudson Land Trust Board of Directors.

“Having someone of Frank Martucci’s business acumen and passion for the valley’s unique beauty as a board member adds great strength to Scenic Hudson’s work. A believer in the powerful intersection of spirituality and the environment, he brings a keen perspective to our work to preserve the valley’s iconic landscapes and create parks that connect people in unique ways to the region’s inspiring beauty,” said Mr. Sullivan.

Merit E. Janow of West Park, Ulster County, and NYC—Scenic Hudson Board of Directors
A professor and director of the International Finance and Economic Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Ms. Janow teaches graduate classes in international economic law and trade policy at SIPA and courses in international trade law and comparative antitrust law at Columbia Law School. She has served as the first female member of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body and is the author of several books and numerous research articles.

During the last decade, Ms. Janow has served on the boards of several corporations and nonprofits. She recently was made a charter member of the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation, China’s sovereign wealth fund. From 1997 to 2000, she served as the executive director of the first international antitrust advisory committee to the attorney general and assistant attorney general of the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Janow’s professional experience includes serving as deputy assistant U.S. trade representative. A former member of a U.S. think tank in which her specialty was international trade policy, she lived for 15 years in Japan. Her law degree is from Columbia Law School, and her bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She and her husband, Peter Young, reside in New York City and West Park, Ulster County.

“Merit Janow has a strong connection with the Hudson River and enthusiasm for Scenic Hudson’s mission of saving land and creating public parks. Her experience as an educator and her deep understanding of other cultures will help us in outreach to engage more people in experiencing and appreciating the valley’s unique resources. Her understanding of investments and business issues will also help Scenic Hudson raise awareness of how land preservation and parks powerfully contribute to economic prosperity,” said Mr. Sullivan.

David K.A. Mordecai of Garrison, Putnam County, and NYC—Scenic Hudson Board of Directors
A senior advisor at the economic consulting firm Compass Lexecon, Dr. Mordecai focuses on corporate governance, damages, public policy, risk management, securities and valuation. He is the founder of Risk Economics Limited, a firm specializing in the development and implementation of structured credit arbitrage and asset liability management solutions.

Dr. Mordecai has served as an advisor to the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, and the International Organization of Securities Commissions as well as the World Economic Forum, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Office of the Directorate of National Intelligence. A former member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the New York Mercantile Exchange, he is an active member of several economics organizations and was founding editor in chief of The Journal of Risk Finance. He earned his doctorate in financial economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds an M.B.A. in finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.

With his wife, Samantha Kappagoda, Dr. Mordecai resides in New York City and Garrison, Putnam County. He serves on the boards of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust and Hudsonia.

“The combination of David Mordecai’s commitment to land preservation and deep understanding of economics and business operations will serve Scenic Hudson well. His experience in saving land for community benefit in the Hudson Highlands is important as Scenic Hudson has a major campaign underway to preserve 65,000 acres up and down the Hudson—our effort with allies to Save the Land That Matters Most,” said Mr. Sullivan.

William M. Evarts, Jr. of Garrison, Putnam County, and NYC—Scenic Hudson Land Trust Board of Directors
Mr. Evarts is a retired partner with the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. During his distinguished legal career, he focused on mergers and acquisitions, public and private financing, and matters involving the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he resides with his wife, Helen, in Garrison, Putnam County, and New York City. A longtime champion of the valley, its beauty and history, Mr. Evarts has been an avid hiker. He has served as a board member of the Trust for Public Land and the National Audubon Society. Active for many years in efforts to preserve land for public enjoyment in the Hudson Highlands, recently he and Mrs. Evarts donated a portion of their property in Garrison to be added to Hudson Highlands State Park.

His current board affiliations include serving as a trustee emeritus of the New York State board of The Nature Conservancy and as a board member with the Hudson Highlands Land Trust. Mr. Evarts served previously as a Scenic Hudson Land Trust board member and in accordance with a term-limit policy rotated off the board before being eligible to serve again. He also has served as a member of Scenic Hudson’s Board of Directors.

“Bill Evarts brings equal measures of intelligence and passion to Scenic Hudson. He is concerned about sprawling development and seeking a balance between growth and land preservation to safeguard the region’s scenic beauty. He will be an enormous asset to Scenic Hudson as we work to steer future development into the valley’s city and town centers, conserving the forests and fields surrounding them,” said Mr. Sullivan.

Wheelock Whitney III of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County—Scenic Hudson Land Trust Board of Directors
An art historian, fine art dealer and collector, Mr. Whitney is the author of Gericault in Italy (Yale University Press, 1997), a meticulous study of a transformative year in the career of the important early 19th-century French artist. In 2003 Mr. Whitney made a promised gift of 56 notable 19th-century European paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mr. Whitney, a resident of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, served for nine years as a member of the Scenic Hudson Board of Directors before moving overseas in 2003. During his tenure on the board, he was particularly involved in Scenic Hudson’s opposition to the St. Lawrence Cement plant proposed for Columbia County. He also was a staunch advocate for a safe and effective cleanup of PCBs in the Hudson River, a cause Scenic Hudson has pursued for more than two decades.

“An art historian and writer with far-reaching experience, Lock Whitney has as a strong interest in historic preservation and ecological restoration. A passionate advocate for the valley’s scenic grandeur, he also brings to our board an interest in enhancing our work to protect working farms and enhance agriculture’s contribution to the regional economy,” said Mr. Sullivan.

About Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors.  A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited with saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement.  Today with more than 20,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. Our team of experts combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley’s inspiring beauty and natural resources.  www.scenichudson.org.

Posted by Mike Risinit on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
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Another Hudson River view

September
21

This one comes from Scenic Hudson’s Esopus Meadows Preserve in Ulster County, a 93-acre park on the river’s west side. The preserve is so named because of the mud flats sitting off the west shore, known as the Esopus Meadows.

The shallows, as the state Division of Coastal Resources points out, are an important fish habitat area. Anadromous, in the text below, refers to fish who live in the ocean but return to freshwater to breed.

Esopus Meadows is a relatively large, undisturbed area of shallow, freshwater, tidal flats. Areas such as this are extremely valuable fish and wildlife habitats in the Hudson River, and are not found in other coastal regions of New York State. Esopus Meadows is a productive littoral area located near the lowest reaches of shallow freshwater in the Hudson River, which is a critical area for many fish species. The shallow, subtidal beds provide spawning, nursery, and feeding habitats for anadromous species such as striped bass, American shad, and white perch, and for a variety of resident freshwater species, such as largemouth bass, carp, brown bullhead, yellow perch, and shiners. Concentrations of spawning anadromous fishes generally occur in the area between mid-March and July, with substantial numbers of young-of-the-year fish remaining well into the fall (October-November). Esopus Meadows may also serve as a feeding area for populations of shortnose sturgeon (E) wintering in the adjacent deep water channel.


It’s also why the Esopus Lighthouse (known as the “Maid of the Meadows”) sits out in the river, warning mariners to stay clear of the mudflats.

My daughter and I paid a visit to the area on Saturday, taking in a Hudson River Valley Ramble event. We also spotted a bald eagle above the river (check out the right side of the photo below, small, I know, but he’s there.)

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Got a bit of Scorsese in you?

April
6

Scenic Hudson is putting out a call to all aspiring filmmakers who also happen to love the Hudson Valley.

From Scenic Hudson:

As part of our celebration of the Hudson’s Quadricentennial, we’re inviting people to upload short videos to Scenic Hudson’s “I Love Hudson Valley” short video competition. We’re looking for innovative, creative and personal interpretations of why contestants love the Hudson River Valley. Your short video should highlight your personal connection to the Hudson River, its surrounding landscapes or distinct places. Be creative — get inspiration from Scenic Hudson parks, the valley’s unique characters or the hidden gems that make our region a great place to live, work and have fun.

More information can be found here. But basically, you have to tell your story in 90 seconds, all entries must be filmed between Manhattan and Troy and the deadline for submission is June 30.

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Connecting with the Hudson

January
21

Scenic Hudson will be developing family-friendly events at its West Point Foundry Preserve and Foundry Dock Park, both in Cold Spring, to “draw more families to its parks to experience nature and the landscapes Scenic Hudson has protected for public benefit as part of its collaborative Saving the Land That Matters Most campaign.”

Scenic Hudson announced yesterday that it received a $15,000 grant from TD Banknorth to help with that effort and a similar undertaking in Beacon in Dutchess County geared toward students. It was the bank’s second grant to the environmental organization.

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December
10

Scenic Hudson, which works to preserve and protect the Hudson River and its landscapes, will benefit from the sales of “The Hudson River A Great American Treasure.”

The book – photographs by Hudson Valley resident Greg Miller – features more than 150 images of the Hudson River and its shoreline. Read more from Scenic Hudson after the break.

Looks like a coffee-table book.

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Posted by Mike Risinit on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
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Westchester Land Trust and others recognized

September
24

The Westchester Land Trust and a couple of other land preservation organizations with local ties have been recognized by the independent Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The announcements were made this past weekend at a Land Trust Alliance conference in Pittsburgh. Only 39 land trusts across the country were awarded accreditation.

“At a time when the public is demanding increasing accountability from nonprofit organizations and government, including land trusts, the new independent accreditation program provides the assurance of quality and permanence of land protection the public is looking for,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “Today land trusts can join museums, hospitals, universities and other nonprofit institutions that demonstrate that they deserve the public’s trust through rigorous accreditation programs.”

Along with Westchester Land Trust, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Scenic Hudson and the Scenic Hudson Land Trust made the list.

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Local land preservation groups honored

June
19

The Westchester Land Trust, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust and the Eastern New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy are among the 13 local, regional and national land conservation groups being honored Saturday by Scenic Hudson. To read more about all the honorees, go here. After the break, I’m highlighting the three local honorees.

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SBenischekJournal News staff writer Greg Clary writes Earth Watch, reporting on environmental issues in the lower Hudson region. Clary has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Journal News since 1988 and has covered police and courts, transportation, municipal government, development and the environment in the Lower Hudson Valley, among other topics.
Laura IncalcaterraLaura Incalcaterra covers the environment, open space and zoning and planning issues for The Journal News. A Boston College graduate, Laura grew up in Rockland, attended East Ramapo schools and has worked for The Journal News since 1993. Laura has written features and covered North Rockland, crime, government and a host of other issues.
SBenischekMike Risinit covers Patterson and Kent in Putnam County, as well as environmental topics touching on the Hudson River and the Great Swamp. Risinit has been a reporter at The Journal News since 1998.
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