Volume 23, Number 2
News about the environmental concerns of the Hudson Valley SUMMER 2002
r Sweep wins ard
Great Rive al Quality Aw
The Stewardship of
Shaupeneak Ridge - page 4
Groups defend Catskill build-
ings, citizens rights - page 10
CHRIS DAVIS CINA
More than 5,200 volunteers removed 66 tons of garbage from Hudson Valley Bicyclists open historic
shorelines during this year’s Great River Sweep - page 18 district bike route - page 15
SCENIC HUDSON: MOVING FORWARD
he recent documentary “America’s First River: Bill Scenic Hudson recently celebrated its 10th Annual Spirit
Moyers on the Hudson” depicted the Hudson River of the River Gala by honoring Gov. George E. Pataki for his
as a place “where poets and painters found God in the extraordinary contributions to the future of our region. A
wilderness...where ideas about nature and landscape shaped leading advocate of a comprehensive PCB cleanup, Gov.
America’s vision.” Pataki continued his environmental leadership when he
stopped the Millennium Pipeline from crossing the Hudson
This nationally televised program featured Scenic Hudson, River at Haverstraw Bay, stating that the plan was,
Inc. board members Frederick Osborn III and David H. “inconsistent with what we have done to clean up the
Mortimer, whose families have supported valley conservation Hudson.”
for generations, and Mrs. Willis
L.M. “Franny” Reese, who helped His decision was heartening to
lead the fight to save Storm King those of us working to increase
Mountain. This legendary battle public enjoyment of our great
established the landmark legal river.
precedent of citizen standing,
which has empowered people We took another step in the
throughout the country to defend right direction this spring and
the environment. relocated from our former Vassar
Street location to Main Street in
But even as we celebrate these the heart of downtown
early victories, the rights we gained Poughkeepsie. Moving to One
from them have come under fire. Civic Center Plaza will help
Two court rulings have denied revitalize this Dutchess County
standing to the Save Our Main city’s core, which for a decade was
Street Buildings Committee, a a failed pedestrian mall marked by
citizens group seeking to prevent crime, drugs and empty
Greene County from unleashing storefronts. With federal funding
the wrecking ball on 10 historic championed by Rep. Sue W. Kelly,
buildings in the Village of Catskill. Poughkeepsie Mayor Colette
One of the structures was designed Lafuente last year reopened the
by Thomas Cole, founder of the thoroughfare to vehicular traffic to
Hudson River School of Art. To Ned Sullivan and Gov. George Pataki discuss Scenic give the area a fresh start.
bolster the group’s case, Scenic Hudson’s new headquarters and the proposed St.
Hudson has filed an “amicus Lawrence Cement plant. In Yonkers, Haverstraw and
curiae,” or friend-of-the-court brief. other places, we are working to
make urban areas vital centers of economic health. We are
Similarly St. Lawrence Cement Co. filed a 280-page legal pleased to do our part and live this smart growth principle.
brief aimed at challenging our ability to raise significant
issues during permit hearings for its massive, coal-fired
cement plant proposed for Columbia County. As a member
of the Hudson Valley Preservation Coalition, we are battling Ned Sullivan,
intensely to bring the facility’s environmental, economic and President
quality-of-life risks before New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation judges.
cenic Hudson began in November 1963 with a historic fight to save Storm King Mountain from a Con
S Edison proposal to build the world’s largest pumped-storage hydroelectric plant. Our efforts to save Storm
King – northern gateway to the fabled Hudson Highlands – captured national attention and drew the
support of 20,000 people from 48 states and three continents. Emerging victorious after a 17-year legal
battle, Scenic Hudson is credited with launching the grass-roots environmental movement. The Scenic Hudson Decision, as
it is called in law books, charted environmental law as a new legal specialty and served as the basis for Congress to enact the
first National Environmental Policy Act, the cornerstone of all environmental law in this country.
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Ned Sullivan Moving Forward
Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Warren P. Reiss, Esq.
Theresa Vanyo, Director
Steve Rosenberg, Executive Director,
CHRIS DAVIS CINA
The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc.
Seth McKee, Associate Director
Margery Groten, Land Projects Manager
Rita D. Shaheen, Park Planner
Hank Stebbins, Agricultural Program Coordinator
Leathem Mehaffey, Land Stewardship Specialist
Jennifer Fraulo, Land Conservation Planner
We have relocated to One Civic Center Plaza, on Main
Jay Levine, Park Development Specialist Street in downtown Poughkeepsie.
Sarah Charlop-Powers, Park Manager Fellow
Deborah Meyer DeWan, Director
Ray Curran, Senior Planner
Jeffrey Anzevino, Regional Planner
Heather MacNish, Riverfront Communities Associate
Mary Ann Johnson, Smart Growth Planner
Hector Rodriguez, Community Outreach Planner The Living Woods of Shaupeneak Ridge...4 Raising Funds to Stop Cement Plant...12
Environmental Quality Stewarship of a unique ecosystem. Coalition’s needs acute and ongoing.
Alix Gerosa, Director
Jean McGrane, PCB Project Manager
Rich Schiafo, Environmental Projects Manager New York Needs a Clean, Safe Energy Project Chronicles Roots of Modern
Marion Trieste, Upriver Outreach Coordinator Supply ....................................................6 Environmentalism...............................13
Renewables, conservation recommended. Archiving project in progress.
Erin Riley-West, Director
Richard Boynton, Major Gifts Officer Plan Emerges for Sleepy Hollow Educating and Engaging Valley
Hazel Westney, Senior Grants Writer
Jody Harris, Special Events Coordinator Waterfront .............................................8 Communities ....................................18
Gloria Gange, Development Associate Mayor calls for “green crescent.” Education program reaches thousands.
Janice Holzman, Development Associate
Susan Piperato, Development Associate
Frances Platt, Development Associate Catskill Bulldozers Threaten Buildings, Olana Viewshed Lands Protected ........21
Marianne Sherow, Records Administrator
Citizens Rights ......................................10 Orchards continue operating.
Communications & Public Outreach Battle has vast implications.
Jay Burgess, Director
Kerri Karvetski, Senior Editor/Writer
Chris Davis Cina, Communications Associate
Andy Bicking, Volunteer and Public Outreach BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Evan Weissman, Community Outreach Associate
Finance & Technology Officers and Directors Board Members
Suzanne Gilbert, Information Systems Technician Mrs. Willis L.M. Reese, Chair Emeritus Phyllis Y. Atwater Christine Lehner Hewitt
Joshua Hallenbeck, Controller Marjorie L. Hart, Chair David J. Brumfield Frank Martucci
Robin Elliott, Accountant David C. Clapp Anthony J. Moriello
David H. Mortimer, Vice Chair
Administrative Staff Frederick Osborn III, Vice Chair Christopher C. Davis Leo C. O’Neill
Mona Burkard, Executive Assistant Wheelock Whitney III, Vice Chair William M. Evarts, Jr. Elizabeth B. Pugh
Michael Thomas, Special Projects Anne E. Impellizzeri, Treasurer Robert P. Freeman Frederic C. Rich
Jennine Barker Marilyn DeBold Anna Carlson Gannett John C. Wallner
Mindy Bell Allison Hale-Rude
Rudolph S. Rauch III, Secretary
Patrick J. Garvey John H. Winkler
Cynthia Curnow Donna Lenhart Gary A. Glynn John P. Wort
Corie Davis Patti Mitchell Morrison H. Heckscher Alexander E. Zagoreos
AmeriCorps Members Honorary Directors
Marissa Legg Robert H. Boyle, Anne P. Cabot, Nash Castro, William H. Ewen, Benjamin Harris Frankel,
George W. Gowen, Barnabas McHenry, Mrs. Frederick H. Osborn, Jr., Samuel F. Pryor III,
Laurance Rockefeller, David Sive, Mrs. Thomas M. Waller
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The Living Woods of Shaupeneak Ridge
you pause Enjoy Shaupeneak Ridge from dawn to dusk, year-
to listen to round. Volunteer for invasive species control,
chorus of spring ecological monitoring or trail conservation by
peepers in a nearby contacting Andy Bicking at (845) 473-4440, ext.
wetland or the 232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Leathem Mehaffey melodic songs of the
spring is a wonderful time to explore
the Hudson Valley’s natural splendor.
Scenic Hudson, Inc. has dedicated still be found in stone walls that
Nationally recognized for its rich itself to preserving these landscapes for crisscross the property.
biodiversity, our region is home to 83 more than 38 years and is committed
percent of the known species in New to the ecological sustainability and Nature has reclaimed much of what
York State. From tidal marshes to stewardship of the lands we acquire. was once cleared, and the preserve now
dense hardwood forests, the Shaupeneak Ridge Cooperative exists as a richly forested and
distinctive habitats of the valley are Recreation Area in Ulster County is a ecologically diverse landscape for the
treasures to behold. prime example of this work. public to explore.
An Agrarian Past Cliffs Give Rise to Bird and
In 1994 The Scenic Plant Habitats
Hudson Land Trust, Steep cliffs characterize much of
Inc. purchased the Shaupeneak Ridge, making it a
600-acre Shaupeneak visible landmark for miles. The
property in the Town cliffs offer commanding views of the
of Esopus to protect its Catskill Mountains and the Hudson
rich ecological, River, but they also play a significant
recreational and scenic ecological role.
values. The land is
part of the Marlboro The ridge is composed of greywacke,
Range, which extends an impure sandstone, and
from the City of conglomerate rock containing
Kingston south to the limestone. This bedrock makes
Town of Marlboro, Shaupeneak’s soil somewhat alkaline
about one mile inland and gives rise to unique habitats for
from the Hudson rare plant and animal communities.
River’s west bank. Inaccessible to logging, the cliffs are
home to 300-year-old eastern
Until the 1800s hemlocks, which are used by osprey,
Shaupeneak, then peregrine falcon and the uncommon
spelled Shappawnigal, fish crow.
was home to the
Poppletown. It was a
Louisa Pond Home to
RITA D. SHAHEEN
patchwork of small
farms and orchards Inland from the escarpment lies the
intermingled with scenic 27-acre Louisa Pond. This
rugged hillsides and popular fishing spot is comprised of
Louisa Pond is a beautiful spot for birders, photographers marshes. Evidence of open water, wetlands and marsh.
and nature lovers of all ages. this agrarian past can Visitors can experience Louisa Pond by
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hiking the Blue Trail through a rich,
chestnut oak and hemlock forest.
The pond contains a large, floating
bog mat that provides a habitat for
several regionally rare plants and is an
important sanctuary for migratory and
breeding waterfowl. One can explore
the deep sedge-and-cattail marsh north
of the pond while walking a boardwalk
section of the Blue Trail. The area is
an important roosting spot for red-
winged blackbirds, which can be seen
and heard this time of year.
Stewardship Plan Aims to
Protect Native Ecology
Despite its abundant biodiversity,
Shaupeneak Ridge is imperiled
without adequate management.
Exotic or invasive species can displace
native flora and fauna. For example Steep cliffs and magnificent views make Shaupeneak Ridge popular with hikers.
the hemlock woolly adelgid can
radically alter habitat structure, while
visitors also can adversely affect the Hudson is creating a comprehensive management plan for the property to preserve
land. To offset these threats Scenic the area’s ecology for generations to come. z
ATVs Scar Landscape and Threaten Natural Resources
by Leathem Mehaffey
he unauthorized use of all- creating new trails and widening
terrain vehicles, or ATVs, on To report an incident of existing ones. Air and noise pollution
Fishkill Ridge in Dutchess from the vehicles jeopardize other
ATV trespass, please call
County and other protected valley recreational groups such as hikers,
landscapes is a serious problem. the DEC Division of Law birders and school groups wishing to
safely use properties.
The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc.
has safeguarded more than 2,600 acres (845) 256-3013. Unlike other property-damage
on Fishkill Ridge and Mount Beacon, incidents, local law enforcement and
but this steep and erosion-prone area the judicial system have not always
has been scarred by years of ATV use that threatens rare been responsive to ATV abuse. Scenic Hudson, Inc. is
plants, birds and amphibians. It is significant that ATV sales tackling the problem with outreach and education to ATV
increased more than 12 percent in 2001, according to the groups, dealerships and manufacturers. We also are
Motorcycle Industry Council. working with the New York State Department of Environ-
mental Conservation, New York-New Jersey Trail
ATVs severely impact soil stability and decrease water Conference and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation
quality in wetlands and streams. They fragment habitats by and Historic Preservation to stem ATV abuse. z
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New York Needs a Clean, Safe Energy Supply
energy to the
Scenic Hudson, Inc.
has joined the New
by Alix Gerosa York State
Campaign in calling on state
policymakers to make the draft state
energy plan, or SEP, a viable,
enforceable blueprint for energy-sector
In March we submitted formal
comments on the SEP and its
accompanying draft environmental
impact statement, both issued by the
New York State Energy Planning
Board. The board consists of the state’s
Energy Research and Development
Authority, Public Service Commission “Spring on the Hudson” was donated to Scenic Hudson to help us communicate
and departments of Transportation, our mission to safeguard the valley.
Environmental Conservation and
Specifically we appealed to Indian Point to review its safety
We recommended that the SEP policymakers to increase investment and security.
include not just broad policy direction and reliance on renewable energy
but specific goals, objectives and sources and conservation measures, Conserve, Invest and Renew
deadlines for a clean, safe power reform siting legislation and reduce A clean energy future depends on
supply. It also needs to be integrated dependence on nuclear power, reduced demand. Scenic Hudson has
with other state and regional plans. including the immediate closure of asked the planning board to expand
existing efficiency programs, invest in
conservation and set a goal of reducing
energy demand by at least 10 percent
Tell Gov. George E. Pataki that you support a carbon cap on
The state should create a conservation
power plants so New York State can begin to address global contingency plan for emergencies or
warming. A statewide cap should be included in peak periods. In California concerns
recommendations due later this year from the governor’s about short supplies stimulated short-
Greenhouse Gas Task Force. term conservation measures that shrunk
usage by 12 percent.
For more information, please visit Environmental
New York State also needs to
Advocates New York’s “Cap Carbon in New York” Web site,
promote sustainable, renewable
www.capcarbonnow.com. electric generation. According to the
New York State Energy Research and
Write Gov. Pataki: State Capitol, Albany, NY, 12224. Development Authority, the state
Call (518) 474-8390 or fax (518) 474-1513. imports 89 percent of its energy at a
cost of $38.4 billion a year.
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With its abundant, untapped
renewable energy resources, the state Don’t Drip the Valley Down the Drain
should follow 12 others that have
established a renewable portfolio
id you know that flushing toilets account for
standard, which requires that by 2012
roughly 40 percent of domestic water
10 percent of power come from
consumption? And that a leaky faucet can waste
technologies such as wind, solar or
more than 15 gallons per day?
sustainable biomass. At the very least,
the SEP ought to analyze the impact of
Spring has brought drought relief to the valley but
a renewable portfolio standard on New
wasting water is still a bad habit. Scenic Hudson, Inc.
York State markets and prices. by Heather MacNish wants you to know that a little effort can make a big
difference. Use these money-saving household tips to
Close Indian Point conserve water:
Recent events have highlighted the
vulnerability of Indian Point and other 7 Fix plumbing leaks immediately.
nuclear power plants to terrorist 7 Run full laundry and dishwasher loads, and use energy-saving settings
attacks. Many groups, including where available.
Scenic Hudson, have joined the Indian
Point Safe Energy Coalition and called 7 Shave at the sink, not in the shower.
for an immediate shutdown of the 7 Lower toilet float one inch or place a jug of water in the tank to reduce
plant’s reactors. water flushed.
7 Replace old shower heads, toilets, faucet aerators, dishwashers and
The facility’s inadequate security,
ongoing operational problems and washing machines with more efficient models.
outdated evacuation protocol have 7 Take shorter showers or turn off water while soaping/shampooing.
raised considerable public concern, 7 Don’t run water when brushing teeth or shaving.
particularly among the more than 7 Keep a water pitcher in the refrigerator.
20 million people who work and
live within 50 miles of the plant. 7 Don’t water lawns/landscaping (grass will go dormant) and plant
Valley residents also fear that Indian drought-tolerant, native species.
Point’s waste and radioactive 7 Collect running tap water and use it to water plants.
emissions are damaging their health 7 Don’t fill your swimming pool or fill it lower than usual to decrease
water splashed out.
According to a recent Marist
Institute for Public Opinion poll, 62 For more information please visit:
percent of residents living within 10 www.h2ouse.org – Room-by-room advice for saving water.
miles of Indian Point and 54 percent www.waterwiser.org – Conservation and efficiency information.
of those within a 50-mile radius of the www.dec.state.ny.us – Drought information for New York State. z
plant believe it should be taken off-
line. Eighty-two percent who think Article X Reform
the plant should be closed are Article X, the state statute governing process also ought to analyze issues
undeterred by possible cost increases, the siting of power plants, needs such as environmental justice, fine
and 71 percent are not put off by reform. Scenic Hudson supports the particulate matter, alternative sites and
losing some plant jobs or tax revenues. SEP’s recommendation to add the needs assessments. z
state’s Department of State and Office
Government leaders should plan for of Parks, Recreation and Historic This publication is made possible
uninterrupted power to Westchester Preservation to Article X proceedings in part with public funds from
County and New York City if Indian to consider impacts on coastal the New York State Council on
Point is decommissioned. programs and historic resources. The the Arts, a state agency.
Plan Emerges for Sleepy Hollow Waterfront
shared goals of creating continuity connecting existing parks, the
with the community, restoring the community and its waterfront.
historic ecology of the land and
achieving maximum public access to One aspect of this linkage involves
the site and river. It has generated reconstructing the Pocantico River, a
great interest and enthusiasm among tributary that historically traversed the
groups and governmental agencies in site as it connected to the Hudson
by Deborah Meyer DeWan and Ray Curran Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County River. GM filled in the river during
and New York State. the late 1920s and rerouted it through
Kingsland Point Park to the north.
cenic Hudson, Inc.’s nearly three-
Green Crescent Reconstructs Flooding has been a problem since.
year collaboration with Historic
Hudson Valley and the Village of Pocantico River An admittedly ambitious project, the
Sleepy Hollow has produced a model At the heart of our concept is what Pocantico River restoration could
planning process and redevelopment Sleepy Hollow Mayor Philip Zegarelli provide hydrological and ecological
plan for the 97-acre waterfront calls the “green crescent” – a social and improvements as well as a landscape
property left vacant by General Motors ecological network of open space enhancement. Scenic Hudson and the
Corp. in 1996 after nearly 100 years of
Our conservation- and community-
based concept plan focuses on the
Left: Historic site conditions show that the Pocantico River likely ran past Philipsburg Manor, which was built in the 1680s.
Right: Scenic Hudson’s concept restores the original flow of the Pocantico and creates a “green crescent” of connected open spaces.
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enhance viewsheds. Walkability is
another important element of the
Particularly encouraging has been the
village’s interest in continuing this
participatory planning process, even
prior to formal permitting, and
Roseland’s willingness to be involved.
Scenic Hudson commends Mayor
Zegarelli and village officials for their
ongoing commitment to an open and
collaborative dialogue among residents
and other stakeholders.
Scenic Hudson’s plan for the vacant GM site, pictured above, includes
Increasing Advocacy and
public river access.
village have brought in the U.S. Army The forums focused on affordable Scenic Hudson and our partners are
Corps of Engineers for a preliminary housing, community uses and a new expanding our advocacy and outreach
investigation of the site’s potential. train station as well as impacts on to further linkages and achieve the
adjacent neighborhoods and a continuity of the green crescent.
Community Dialogue Informs Ginsburg Development Corp. proposal Reconstructing the Pocantico River
for an adjoining parcel. Roseland may help address the flooding problem
Developer Plans representatives attended all the while enhancing the estuary. It is
The process of shaping a future for sessions, responded to questions and worthy of additional analysis.
this high-profile project has been listened to concerns.
unique and encouraging. This is An important focus will be open
because the site developer, N.J.-based spaces, especially from the ecological
Roseland Property Company, did not Key Principles Incorporated and landscaping perspectives, and
release a development plan when GM Thus far Roseland’s preliminary permitted land uses. Further
announced its winning firm last year. plans reflect several objectives agreed to discussions also are needed regarding
Instead GM and Roseland acknowl- in the linkages forum and many of the affordable housing, development
edged that Sleepy Hollow had already key principles of our concept. Of note density, sustainable designs, transpor-
begun articulating a vision for the site, in Roseland’s current design is tation and links to Tarrytown and the
and the companies opened a dialogue compact, urban-style development county’s Riverwalk project, which seeks
with the community and other consistent in scale and character with to create a 46-mile continuous
stakeholders to inform their plans. the existing village. It also incorp- promenade for pedestrians and cyclists
orates Beekman Avenue, the village’s along the Hudson River between the
Since then the parties have held a main business thoroughfare, into a cities of Peekskill and Yonkers.
series of public meetings and mixed-use commercial corridor.
workshops – funded by an Environ- Scenic Hudson and Historic
mental Protection Fund grant from the Roseland’s open-space provisions Hudson Valley are continuing to work
New York State Department of State – include elements of our recommended in partnership toward achieving shared
to further articulate the community’s riverfront park plus extensions to the goals and promoting a 21st century
vision and study linkages to the site. village’s DeVries Park and Historic model for this site that will catalyze
Also in attendance were representatives Hudson Valley’s Philipsburg Manor local economic and tourism
from the county’s planning and parks National Historic Landmark. New objectives, protect resources and
departments, Hudson River Valley buildings would be predominantly two enhance the region. Roseland has
Greenway and neighboring Village of and three stories and stay within indicated it anticipates having a formal
Tarrytown. existing height regulations to protect or proposal by fall. Stay tuned. z
RIVERFRONT COMMUNITIES &
Catskill Bulldozers Threaten Buildings, Citizens Rights
resolved to fight Greene County’s plan and tireless action of this grass-roots
to raze 10 historic Main Street group, the buildings are still standing.
buildings to make way for parking lots
and a new county office building. Dedicated and persistent, the
committee garnered contributions from
Although the buildings are in the more than 100 people. They raised
nationally designated East End nearly $10,000 for a legal fight and
by Deborah Meyer DeWan and Warren P. Reiss, Esq. Historic District, and include a gained support from an impressive array
structure designed by Hudson River of regional and national organizations.
he struggle to save historic School of Art founder and early
buildings in the Village of Catskill resident Thomas Cole, the Scenic Hudson’s Riverfront
Catskill may reach the state’s county dismissed their significance and Communities program began working
highest court this spring as a citizens approved a plan for removal. The with the committee to illustrate
group barred from bringing a claim county did a cursory environmental alternative plans for the project. The
against Greene County to stop review, declared that the project would group continues to reach out to county
demolition of the structures asked the have no significant impacts on historic officials, business owners and
New York State Court of Appeals to resources, and vowed to press ahead community leaders to craft an
hear the case. with eminent domain proceedings, alternative that will achieve the goal of
seeking to break ground before it froze. providing a much-needed facility while
Over the past year, two separate preserving the irreplaceable historic
lower courts have denied “standing” to Nearly a year after that front porch fabric of this quintessential Hudson
the Save Our Main Street Buildings gathering, thanks to the courageous Valley riverfront village.
Committee. Standing – the right of
citizens or other groups to bring
environmental lawsuits against the
government – was established by
Scenic Hudson, Inc. during its fight to
stop Con Edison from building the
world’s largest pumped-storage
hydroelectric plant on Storm King
A case with severe implications for
citizens rights, the committee’s appeal
has captured the attention of New York
State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
and a coalition of prominent regional,
statewide and national organizations.
DEBORAH MEYER DEWAN
Filing briefs in support of the
committee are Attorney General
Spitzer, Scenic Hudson, the
Preservation League of New York State,
the National Trust for Historic
Preservation, the Catskill Center for
Conservation and Development, and
the Municipal Art Society. Representatives of
organizations fighting to
A Small Group of Thoughtful, save historic buildings in
Committed Citizens Catskill, shown above,
It all started on a steamy summer gathered at a recent press
evening last July when 14 residents conference in Albany.
gathered on a porch in Catskill and
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Fighting for a Day in Court
In fall 2001 the committee filed a
lawsuit challenging the county’s
environmental review and began
seeking support. They gathered letters
from architectural historians,
preservationists, main street advocates
and environmental organizations.
Concerned about the potential
precedent-setting challenge to citizen
standing and the threat to our
National Heritage Area, Scenic
Hudson, the Preservation League of
New York State and the National Trust
for Historic Preservation filed a joint
friend-of-the-court brief in support of
Unfortunately, in September 2001 Scenic Hudson’s concept shows how Catskill can increase parking without destroying
the initial court challenge was historic buildings.
and others have intervened in this case,
hoping that the Court of Appeals will
“Win, lose or draw — we gave the people reverse the lower court rulings and
ensure the right of standing.
in Greene County enough breathing room
Although the final fate of these
to think about the project. buildings is unknown, like Rip Van
Winkle, whose statue stands at the
gateway to Catskill’s Main Street, the
We stopped the steamroller.” people have awoken.
Save Our Main Street Buildings Committee Noted Bob Jacobson, co-chair of
the Save Our Main Street Buildings
Committee, “Win, lose or draw –
we gave the people in Greene
dismissed by the Greene County The group then filed an appeal with County enough breathing room to
Supreme Court, which held, the New York State Appellate Court. think about the project. We
surprisingly, that the plaintiffs In April the Appellate Court upheld stopped the steamroller.”
lacked standing to bring the lawsuit. the lower court’s decision, dealing a
This despite the fact that the blow to citizen standing and The very foundation of the rights of
plaintiffs live and work in the environmental protection in New York citizens to protect environmental and
historic district in question. State. cultural resources is hanging in the
balance. Scenic Hudson is encouraged
After this rejection one resident Eroding Citizens Rights by the interest the case is generating
commented, “We’re at a critical In recent years a number of judicial from leading organizations. We must
juncture. Do we retain a community decisions have begun to chip away at all work to ensure that the tremendous
sense of place, or does downtown the cherished right of standing, with gains made by the modern
become little more than a center for Catskill being only the most recent environmental movement are not
county business and parking lots?” example. That is why Scenic Hudson diminished. z
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Raising Funds to Stop Cement Plant
Hudson, Inc. For more information on how you can help, refer to
this winter the envelope inserted in this newsletter. Please put
held a series of HVPC in the memo of your check if you want your
events to raise
funds and friends contribution to be used to help stop the plant.
for the Hudson
by Janice Holzman Valley Preser- in Columbia County, Hugh and including Scenic Hudson, endorse the
vation Coalition. Tiziana Hardy in Greenwich Village in proposed complex. We demanded an
The organization was founded by New York City and Elyse and John end to the misinformation campaign
Scenic Hudson and other local groups Harney in Litchfield County, Conn., and took to the airwaves and editorial
to oppose St. Lawrence Cement Co.’s graciously opened their homes in pages to rebut.
mammoth plant proposed for the Town support of the coalition. We also
of Greenport and City of Hudson in would like to thank Oscar Anderson, The coalition is making headway,
Columbia County. Max Goodwin and Tim Bontecou for however, as the Greenport Town Board
hosting an event at the Tamarack voted in April to cancel an agreement
Speakers at these gatherings included Preserve in the Village of Millbrook in made last September with SLC, a move
Dr. Mitch Gaynor, director of the Dutchess County. spurred in part by a legal challenge
Center for Complementary and from Scenic Hudson, Friends of
Integrative Medicine at Cornell Dan Baxter generously provided Hudson and 12 Greenport residents.
University; Dr. George Thurston, artwork for the invitations, which
associate professor of environmental explicitly juxtaposed the proposed Grass-roots support also is critical to
medicine at the School of Medicine at facility’s 400-foot smokestack and toxic the coalition’s efforts, and the fund-
New York University; Kate Kerin, plumes with the area’s historic beauty. raising events inspired many to write
executive director of Hudson River their federal and state representatives.
Heritage; Sam Pratt, executive director Mobilizing Against Goliath News about our campaign, letter-
of Friends of Hudson; Alix Gerosa, writing tips and policy-maker contacts
The events were successful, but the are available from our Environmental
director of Scenic Hudson’s Environ-
coalition’s needs are acute and ongoing Quality program at
mental Quality program; and Ned
in the face of SLC’s well-funded spin (845) 473-4440, or online at
Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson.
machine. www.scenichudson.org. z
The speakers contrasted the region’s
The company has launched an
poetic landscape with the sprawling,
advertising campaign that
deliberately attempts to
compound and detailed the public
delude listeners into
health risks of cement plants.
believing that leading
Event sponsors Steve and Linda
Levine in the Village of Tivoli in
Jock Spivy in
the Village of
EXISTING CATSKILL PLANT PROPOSED GREENPORT COMPLEX
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SCENIC HUDSON BOARD NEWS
Project Chronicles Roots of Modern Environmentalism
by Chris Davis Cina
lizabeth “Betsy” Pugh, Scenic Mrs. Reese, one of the original
Hudson, Inc. board member, advocates for saving Storm King If you have valuable
and Frances “Franny” Reese, Mountain, said this initiative has been
chair emeritus, are working with on her mind for years and that she documents to
Marist College archivist John Ansley recently sent a truckload of contribute, please
on an ambitious effort to catalogue memorabilia to Marist. She and Mrs.
and preserve the thoughts, ideas, Pugh have been contacting individuals contact John Ansley
actions and images of early advocates whose early participation was essential at (845) 575-5217
who saved Storm King Mountain and to the Scenic Hudson Decision, or e-mail
founded Scenic Hudson. requesting correspondence and other
materials. They also are making an email@example.com.
The Scenic Hudson History Project effort to record oral histories from
chronicles the 17-year battle that early supporters who are interested in
changed the course of environmental telling their stories. Mr. Ansley, rapidly becoming an
history by establishing a citizens right expert on Scenic Hudson history and
to legal standing in an environmental “This information is so very the environmental movement, said this
dispute. The Scenic Hudson Decision, valuable,” said Mrs. Reese. “This is subject has always interested him and
as it is known in law books, is credited ‘the’ environmental case, even that he finds the work fascinating.
with launching the modern internationally, and all its pieces are With a grant from the New York State
environmental movement. important to study. It shows what Documentary Heritage Program, he is
people who are motivated can do preparing a companion Web site. It is
“In the very beginning it was just a individually and collectively.” slated to launch later this year. z
group of friends with no title or grand
vision,” said Mrs. Pugh. “They
thought they would win or lose the
struggle to save Storm King, but they In Memory of:
Valice F. Ruge
never expected more than that.” Eleanor Murdock Beach Erica Grodin
from Mrs. Paul Fitchen Wendell A. Hinkey
Collection Housed at Marist Irvin Coblin from Dr. Brad Kline
The project got a boost when Mr. from Mary Byrne-Ling and Bruce Ling Nancy Belton
Ansley offered to sort, index and cross- William Diebold Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gilbert
reference the documentation as well as from Koblin’s Pharmacy, Inc. Joan Sellers
house the collection at Marist’s James Gregor A. Gamble from Hudson Valley Tourism
A. Cannavino Library in the Town of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Finkelstein Mrs. Richard M. Szypula
Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Weiss from Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Mahler
The proposed St. Lawrence Mr. and Mrs. H. Vance Crawford
Cement plant will be a Learning Insights In Honor of:
Mrs. Charlotte Menaker Mark and Sara Merring
polluting monolith and dwarf
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Simon from Lois Amlaw
all nearby structures.
FRIENDS OF HUDSON
OLANA AND OTHER FAMILIAR STRUCTURES
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Scenic Hudson Salutes CHEERS TO:
New York State Gov. George The Town of Lloyd in Ulster County
E. Pataki and Attorney for implementing the EcoTeam and
General Eliot Spitzer for their Livable Neighborhood programs
advocacy of strong federal air sponsored by the Global Action Plan
pollution regulations. Gov. for the Earth, a nonprofit organization
Pataki has urged Vice that promotes sustainable lifestyles and
President Richard B. Cheney livable neighborhoods. The initiatives
to propose new controls for train families to reduce waste, use less
four harmful substances – water and energy, buy environmentally
mercury, carbon dioxide, friendly products and encourage others
sulfur dioxide and nitrogen to get involved.
oxide. Attorney General
Spitzer has led northeast
attorneys general in defending
new source review rules –
which require U.S. utility
companies to install
on newly constructed or
Journalist Bill Moyers on a replica of
expanded plants – against
Henry Hudson’s Half Moon during the
documentary “America’s First River: Bill
Moyers on the Hudson.”
under- The Town of Lloyd is working with the
mine Global Action Plan for the Earth, logo
them. pictured above, to promote sustainable
lifestyles for town residents.
New York Harbor to the Adirondacks
to explore the dramatic history,
Village of Sleepy Hollow Mayor Phillip complex ecology, profound natural
Zegarelli, village officials and members beauty and far-reaching legacy of what
Attorney General of the Linkages Committee for ensuring has been called “America’s most
Eliot Spitzer has community input in the redevelopment beautiful, messed-up and surprising
fought for tough of the 97-acre former General Motors piece of water.” The two-part special
pollution controls. Corp. plant in Westchester County. featured several longtime Scenic
Hudson board members and
Bard College in the Hamlet of highlighted our role in shaping modern
The Adirondack Park Agency Annandale-on-Hudson in Dutchess environmentalism.
for requiring that new County, for earning high marks in the
telecommunications towers National Wildlife Federation’s “State of Author Michael Ryan and publisher
be “substantially invisible.” New the Campus Environment” report. Tompaine.com for a hard-hitting
guidelines approved by the agency Bard was recognized for its efforts to indictment of the proposed St.
prohibit private towers within the conserve energy and water and for Lawrence Cement Co. plant in
Adirondack Forest Preserve, which recycling more than 60 percent of its Columbia County. The piece gave
accounts for almost half the park. New total waste. national voice to our environmental,
towers must be built near towns or economic and quality-of-life objections
highways, be shorter than and tethered Journalist Bill Moyers and Public Affairs to what would be a coal-burning, soot-
to existing structures such as church Television, Inc. for the series, “America’s spewing industrial city. z
steeples, and be camouflaged within the First River: Bill Moyers on the
natural landscape. Hudson.” Mr. Moyers traveled from
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PCB Victory Hootenanny
Friends of a Clean Hudson coalition members gathered Feb. 22 at the Samuel F.B. Morse
Historic Site in the Town of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County to celebrate the federal
government’s decision to clean up Hudson River PCBs. Attendees enjoyed bluegrass music
from Heinzevino, in which Scenic Hudson, Inc.’s Jeffrey Anzevino plays dobro guitar, and
danced to the tunes of the Walker Family Band.
Celebrants enjoy dancing at the
PCB Victory Hootenanny.
Scenic Hudson General Counsel Warren P. Reiss presented “The Fight for Storm
King and the Scenic Hudson Decision: The Birth of Environmental Law” March
27 at Painter’s Tavern in the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson in Orange County.
The lecture was part of the Museum of the Hudson Highlands evening speaker series and described how the grass-roots battle
to save Storm King Mountain established the right of citizens to sue a government to protect natural resources.
Burger Hill Thank You Party
Scenic Hudson and Winnakee Land Trust, Inc. held an April 6 thank you party for Burger Hill Park volunteers at the
Dutchess County home of Bernie and Beth Wohl. The theme, “The Birds of Burger Hill Park,” allowed us to thank the
supporters and recruit new helpers.
Ninth Annual River Champion Reception
Scenic Hudson’s River Champion Reception, which honors supporters who
contribute $175 or more annually, was held April 15 at the Explorers Club in
New York City. More than 150 guests enjoyed a lecture by board member
Morrison H. Heckscher, the Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of The American
Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about the Hudson River as seen
through the museum’s collections. The event was generously hosted by Explorers
Club member John Bruno.
Susan Williams and Alison and John
Lankenau at the River
Historic Bike Route Opens
Bicyclists of all ages participated in an official April 20 opening and tour of the
Rhinebeck and Red Hook Historic District Bike Route in northern Dutchess County.
Riders were treated to scenic views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains as
they pedaled past Wilderstein Preservation, Rhinebeck Town Landing and Poets’ Walk
Romantic Landscape Park. The new route was conceived and created by the
Winnakee Land Trust and Rhinebeck and Red Hook Greenway committees with
participation from Scenic Hudson.
Bicyclists line up to open the
Rhinebeck and Red Hook Historic
Earth Day 2002 District Bike Route.
Hudson Valley activists celebrated Earth Day in Albany on April 22 by lobbying for environmental issues with more than 40
state groups. Scenic Hudson provided free bus transportation from Poughkeepsie, with stops in New Paltz, Kingston and
Catskill. In Grand Central Terminal, a large-scale Earth Day photo display featured images provided by Scenic Hudson.
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Calendar of Upcoming Events
June 28-July 7
Gaining Ground Great Hudson River Paddle
This 146-mile, nine-day paddle from Albany to
Manhattan celebrates the Hudson River Greenway Water
n March the Young Friends Trail, improved public access to the Hudson River and
traveled to the Village of Tarrytown the diversity and heritage of riverside communities.
in Westchester County for private Opportunities for skilled and new paddlers. Please
tours of Lyndhurst, one of the country’s contact Hudson River Valley Greenway at
best gothic revival mansions, and (518) 473-3835 or see www.greathudsonriverpaddle.net
Sunnyside, the picturesque home of for more information.
author Washington Irving.
by David Pugh
Moving from past to present, we visited the Village of July 13
Irvington waterfront and the Scenic Hudson Park at Mount Beacon Hike
Irvington. This experience helped us gain greater Join a two-part hike in the fabled Hudson Highlands.
understanding of the region’s grand history and the role Follow a steep and rocky one-mile trail to the top of
Scenic Hudson plays in rejuvenating riverfront communities. Mount Beacon and enjoy views of the Catskill
Mountains and portions of Columbia, Westchester
In April we organized an Orange County Great River and Rockland counties. Then descend or continue for
Sweep on Constitution Island, part of the U.S. Military another five rugged and challenging miles to the base
Academy at West Point in the Village of Highland Falls. of Lamb’s Hill. Hikers must have previous experience,
Since Sept. 11 Constitution Island has been closed due to its
wear proper boots and bring rain gear, a lunch and
connection with West Point, but the academy kindly gave us
access to the site for the cleanup. plenty of drinking water. Registration required.
Please contact Sarah Small at (845) 473-4440, ext.
It was a beautiful day for a sweep. We removed trash from 220, or firstname.lastname@example.org, to R.S.V.P. and for
the waterfront and worked on trails and other facilities on more information.
the island. Our city supporters look forward to these events
as a way to get outside, enjoy spring and learn some history Aug. 10
in the process. Meteor Shower Watch
Watch the Perseid meteor shower from the tranquil
For summer we have planned a trip to the Hudson Valley backdrop of Poets’ Walk Romantic Landscape Park in the
Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel Restoration in the Hamlet
Town of Red Hook in Dutchess County. Enjoy beautiful
of Garrison in Putnam County, as well as various hikes and,
if you can believe it, our annual fall party. night views of the Hudson River, Catskill Mountains and
Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Bring blanket or lawn chair,
To get involved, please contact David Pugh at outdoor clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, bug repellant,
(718) 522-2994 or email@example.com. flashlight and binoculars, if desired. Please contact Sarah
Small at (845) 473-4440, ext. 220, or
We look forward to seeing you. z firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Third Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble
Features 100 guided walking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing,
biking and equestrian events on the land and water trails
throughout the 150-mile Hudson River Valley National
Heritage Area, which runs from just outside New York
City north to Albany. Events will be offered on every
ability level with many well suited for families. A
complete program guide listing events, lodging and
dining accommodations will be available in
mid-summer by contacting (800) 453-6665,
email@example.com, or visiting hvnet.com.
Young Friends members take a break during a Constitution
Marsh Great River Sweep.
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SCENIC HUDSON NEWS
Mobilizing Citizens in Haverstraw
preserve and enhance resources, serve
he tide is Hudson, collaborated to create an
turning open riverfront that permits residents and attract tourists.
along the residential, retail and recreational uses.
Village of In the Village of Ossining in To this end in Haverstraw, Scenic
Haverstraw Westchester County more than 60 Hudson has advocated for the expansion
waterfront. percent of a new waterfront project is of Emeline Park, a minimum of 15
slated for public space and parkland. percent open space throughout the
by Hector Rodriguez Like many And the Village of Sleepy Hollow in proposed waterfront district, a 16-foot
Hudson Valley Westchester County is poised to turn public promenade, protection of river
communities, the former General Motors Corp. plant views, a community boat house and
Haverstraw has rediscovered its into a mixed-use development other public amenities within a mixed-
riverfront – much of it long ago featuring open space and connections use environment. These provisions
abandoned by industry – and now to the village center and surrounding would benefit both private
plans to redevelop it. Scenic Hudson, parks. (Please see “Plan Emerges for developments and the village.
Inc.’s long-standing commitment to Sleepy Hollow Waterfront” on page 8.)
Haverstraw dates back to 1998 when Public Access Concepts
we purchased a 1.5-acre addition for These mixed-used developments
represent smart, sustainable growth.
Emeline Park and worked with the Over the past year we have actively
village to turn it into another Rockland They balance community interests,
promoted sound planning principles
County treasure. As a result the and meaningful public participation.
community has playgrounds, a public Our outreach has given voice to a
venue for events and a place to connect growing number of diverse groups
with the river’s beauty. looking to express opinions and
concerns regarding the redevelopment.
Unfortunately Emeline Park is the
exception. The current proposal by The concepts of increased park and
Ginsburg Development Corp. to recreational lands, mixed-use
develop more than 40 waterfront acres development and a public promenade
emphasizes luxury housing and does have been embraced by community
not address the concerns of the leaders, including Haverstraw Deputy
community’s largely Hispanic Mayor Angelo Cintron, Trustee Ricky
population, which needs family- Sanchez, Trustee Francisco Batista,
oriented recreational opportunities, Planning Board Chair Jose Vargas and
gathering places and affordable members of village advisory
housing. To their credit, the company committees. The dialogue continues.
and the village are incorporating some
commendable elements such as a In the coming months the village and
children’s museum and commercial developer will have the ability and
uses at the northern end of the responsibility to create the best possible
waterfront. project. We hope the developer will
seize this opportunity to consider the
Mixed-Use Development alternatives and enhance the waterfront
Balances Community Interests for the betterment of the village and
Redeveloping the Haverstraw Hudson Valley.
riverfront presents a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to restore the historic link This diverse community deserves a
between the village and river. first-rate riverfront that provides
economic stimulus, preserves open
In valley communities such as the space and scenic views and encourages
Scenic Hudson’s vision for the Haverstraw people to enjoy the majesty of our
City of Yonkers in Westchester County,
city officials, developers and other waterfront includes residential, commer- American Heritage River. z
stakeholders, including Scenic cial and recreational uses.
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VOLUNTEER & ENVIRONMENTAL
Educating and Engaging Valley Communities
by Andy Bicking and Lindsey Danis
ow in its fifth year, Scenic
Hudson, Inc.’s public outreach
and volunteer program has
grown to inform and involve
RITA D. SHAHEEN
thousands in the ongoing protection
and enhancement of the Hudson River
and its valley.
Our mission – to empower residents Environmental Educator Stacey VonDerahe teaches elementary school students about
through volunteerism, education, frogs and vernal pools at Black Creek Forest Preserve in Esopus.
recreation and advocacy – has led us to
collaborate with diverse volunteers, Cooperative Recreation Area and Black Efforts are underway to expand to
schools and community groups. In Creek Forest Preserve, both in the Dutchess County schools, using our
particular our partnership with Town of Esopus in Ulster County, for Madam Brett Park in the City of
AmeriCorps, a federally funded outdoor lessons. She works closely Beacon as a setting for a self-guided,
community service program that with Scenic Hudson Park Planner Rita place-based curriculum.
stations young people with nonprofit D. Shaheen, Kingston City School
and government agencies, has helped District Elementary Science Facilitator
Meg Clark-Goldhammer and New
Trailmasters Targets Middle
us expand the depth and breadth of
services we offer. York State Department of School Students
Environmental Conservation For middle and high school students,
Together we are creating a Hudson Environmental Educator Rich Parisio. Trailmasters combines community
Valley where communities steward the service with lessons in history and
land and water, young people ecology. Team-based trail work helps
understand the cultural and natural students build a stronger sense of
heritage of the region and grass-roots place, conservation awareness and
networks advocate for change. group decision-making skills.
Coordinated by AmeriCorps member
Parks are Classrooms for and Community Outreach Assistant
Budding Environmentalists Sarah Small, Trailmasters days start with
Our program begins in elementary a classroom visit to discuss Scenic
school, where hands-on instruction Hudson’s history and explain the
and field trips foster lifelong pending trail outing. This spring Ulster
appreciation of the environment. County BOCES students improved
trails at Shaupeneak Ridge and campers
Environmental Educator and at Ramapo Anchorage Camp and the
Deveraux Foundation worked on
AmeriCorps member Stacey
VonDerahe teaches local ecology and erosion control at Poets’ Walk
environmental ethics to students from Romantic Landscape Park in the Town
Kingston City School, organizing field of Red Hook in Dutchess County.
Trailmasters from Ramapo Anchorage
trips to nearby Shaupeneak Ridge Camp at work in Poets’ Walk.
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Trailmasters currently serves
Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam and Greene
county schools. Valley Teen Goes to DEC Camp
College Interns Collaborate Dickens (right) of the City of
Poughkeepsie, pictured with
with Program Staff Corie Davis of Scenic Hudson, Inc.’s
Dozens of student interns have Communications and Public
gained valuable experience working Outreach department, won our
side-by-side with Scenic Hudson staff contest for a trip to the New York
on campaigns and events. State Department of Environmental
This spring we were joined by four Environmental Education Camp in
students from Vassar College in the Sullivan County. Camp DeBruce is
Town of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess one of four residential conservation
County. Ashley Camhi worked with centers for young New Yorkers.
Park Manager Fellow Sarah Charlop-
Powers to restore a trail on Shaupeneak
Ridge. Kelly VandenBerg’s interest in
environmental law led her to a
placement with General Counsel livable communities, land conservation Walk volunteers are being trained as
Warren P. Reiss to help fight the St. and support for agriculture. tour guides and participate in
Lawrence Cement Co. plant. Paolo management decisions.
Cozzi recruited college students for our Our meeting with the City of
Earth Day Lobby and served as a Hudson Rotary Club in Columbia Recreational events and hikes keep
regional college coordinator for the County raised awareness about the residents abreast of environmental
Great River Sweep. And Lindsey dangers of the proposed St. Lawrence issues as they enjoy the valley’s natural
Danis worked with Senior Editor/ Cement plant and inspired the splendor. Volunteers often help plan
Writer Kerri Karvetski on this organization to coordinate a Great and implement these events, which
newsletter, the Scenic Hudson Web site River Sweep with Friends of include poetry readings, meteor shower
and other publications. Hudson. This fall Scenic Hudson watches, nature hikes and canoe trips.
will speak to Land Trust Alliance
With three semesters at Scenic Northeast members about successful
Hudson, Dan Zinder of Bard College volunteer strategies. Great River Sweep Engages All
in the Hamlet of Annandale-on- Ages in Revitalization
Hudson in Dutchess County planned a We have scheduled roughly a dozen Our largest volunteer event is the
Great River Sweep and raised presentations this year and aim to annual, award-winning Great River
awareness about the Hudson River double the number of speaking Sweep, which unites thousands of
PCB cleanup campaign. engagements next year. supporters from the Adirondacks to
Manhattan in removing trash and
Speakers Program Promotes Volunteer and Recreational beautifying the Hudson River’s
Scenic Hudson’s Principles Opportunities Abound shorelines, tributaries and public
Launched in January, our speakers Volunteer initiatives expand our places. It is held the last full week of
bureau brings Scenic Hudson’s message capabilities, provide meaningful work April, beginning on Saturday and
to community groups of all ages and and create a sense of belonging. ending the following Sunday, in
encourages residents to take action on coordination with Earth Day and
key issues such as cleaning the river At Burger Hill Park in the Town of National River Cleanup Week.
and stopping pollution. Presentations Rhinebeck in Dutchess County,
by expert staffers have focused on volunteers open and close parking lot Evan Weissman, outreach associate,
PCBs and water quality, planning gates and serve on the park described the sweep as, “an
management committee. At Poets’ continued on page 20
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VOLUNTEER & EDUCATION
ages two to 92 helped
us break another Great River Sweep
record. This year 5,200 volunteers from
nearly 100 communities removed 66
tons of trash from Hudson Valley
shorelines. We gratefully acknowledge
Fuji Film for donating cameras and the
volunteers who took these photos.
continued from page 19
opportunity for riverfront communities to come together, This information will help policy-makers strengthen the
show their pride and revitalize shoreline public places.” state’s bottle law and reduce litter.
For 2002 an Environmental Benefit Project grant from the We also were honored to receive a 2002 U.S.
New York State attorney general’s office helped us involve Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Quality
communities in the Adirondacks and gather and analyze Award, the highest recognition presented to the public by the
information about the amount and type of beverage EPA. This follows our 2001 Clearwater Citizens award, an
containers collected. In May we presented the preliminary international recognition of grass-roots efforts that promote
findings of our litter survey to the attorney general’s office. beneficial use and protection of local waterfronts. z
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Olana Viewshed Lands Protected
ignificant lands in the Olana
DID YOU KNOW?
Viewshed in Columbia County are A conservation easement is a voluntary
safe from residential, commercial and agreement between a landowner and a
industrial development thanks to land preservation organization like The
conservation easements that permanently
protect their scenic qualities. Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc. Through
the arrangement the land is
by Seth McKee Earlier this year The Scenic Hudson permanently restricted from certain
Land Trust, Inc. closed on two easements types of development but remains in
on Blue Hill, an agricultural area prominently visible to the
southeast of the Olana State Historic Site. The project was private hands and on local tax rolls.
made possible by funding from the Lila Acheson and DeWitt
Wallace Hudson Valley Land Preservation Endowment. The
deals are the latest achievements in more than 15 years of Lands Still at Risk
Scenic Hudson, Inc.’s conservation work, which now has The Olana Viewshed remains a high priority for Scenic
safeguarded 970 acres in the viewshed. Hudson, especially in light of the 1,800-acre cement plant
proposed for the nearby Town of Greenport and the
Of his hilltop home with its famous view of the Hudson City of Hudson.
River, Catskill Mountains and Columbia County landscape,
Hudson River School artist Frederic E. Church once wrote, Our work to protect vistas available from this nationally
“About an hour this side of Albany is the center of the world. significant property has been greatly aided by partnerships
I own it.” with the Columbia Land Conservancy, The Olana
Partnership and New York State Office of Parks,
Mr. Church painted many of his most renowned works Recreation and Historic Preservation. These
from Olana, and his Persian-style mansion and the sweeping organizations have identified critical viewshed lands,
vista that inspired his work are enjoyed by more than helped secure funding for easement acquisitions and
100,000 visitors each year. advocated for Olana and its viewshed.
Orchards Continue Operating Olana Viewshed landowners interested in protecting their
The easements protect a 153-acre apple orchard and an land should contact Jennifer Fraulo at (845) 473-4440,
88-acre cherry orchard in the Town of Livingston in ext. 268, or firstname.lastname@example.org. z
Columbia County. These two farms are vital parts of
the rural vista southeast of Olana.
Apple Annie Farm is a commercial apple orchard
interspersed with deciduous woodland. Scenic
Hudson’s conservation easement restricts the property
to agricultural uses and allows an additional single-
family residence. The agreement facilitated the farm’s
transfer from an eager seller to a conservation-minded
buyer who has leased the land to the orchard’s former
manager. Thus a farm has been safeguarded and kept in
continuous agricultural production – the ultimate goal
of protecting farmland.
Hill House Farm, which adjoins Apple Annie Farm to
the west, is a cherry orchard offering an annual pick-
your-own season. After purchasing the property in
1993, the owner relocated an 1855 residence from
Lawrenceville, N.J., to the site. Our easement prevents
commercial, industrial or additional residential Protecting the magnificent views that inspired Hudson River School
development of the site. artist Frederic E. Church remains a high priority for Scenic Hudson.
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PUBLIC ACCESS AND COMMUNITY
Scenic Hudson Parks, Preserves & Community Projects
by Scenic Hudson’s Land Preservation Staff
Dutchess County: members of AmeriCorps, Youth
Beacon Landing, Beacon Resource Development Corp. and
To help create safe public access to the Scenic Hudson, Inc. Thank you also to
Beacon riverfront, artist George Trakas Beacon Terminals, Inc., which provided
began stabilizing the shoreline, lunch for the crew.
reconstructing the historic bulkhead,
building steps to the river and erecting a
handicapped-accessible fishing pier. Westchester County:
This project is funded in part by the Hudson Highlands Gateway Park,
Anita Hart Balter Creative Fund, the Cortlandt
National Endowment for the Arts, New Scenic Hudson, the Town of Cortlandt
York State Department of State and The and the New York-New Jersey Trail
Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Fund Conference are mapping and evaluating
for the Hudson Highlands, established existing unmarked paths on this 352-
by the founders of The Reader’s Digest acre property to create a trail system
RITA D. SHAHEEN
Association, Inc. The work will be that provides hiking and viewing opp-
completed by spring 2003. ortunities and protects sensitive areas.
Madam Brett Park, Beacon Fifth-grade students from Crosby Elemen-
Thanks to the team of 40 hard-working Ulster County:
Esopus Meadows Point Preserve, Esopus tary School in Kingston explore nature at
volunteers that spent April 12 making Black Creek Forest Preserve in Esopus.
this Fishkill Creek park more visitor- The Hudson River Valley Greenway has
friendly and attractive. They cleared designated this 100-acre riverfront nonmotorized watercraft and a trail to
new trails, made the Tioronda Falls preserve an official part of the Hudson Esopus Meadows Environmental
deck universally accessible and built a River Water Trail. It will be one of Center are scheduled for spring
new footbridge and stone retaining wall more than 30 shoreline rest areas for 2003 completion.
to grace the trail. The team included boaters. A boat landing for
West Point Foundry Preserve, Cold
To guide long-term plans for this
historically rich site, the industrial
archaeology graduate program at
Michigan Technological University soon
will make available its findings on
remaining foundry structures.
Michigan Tech graduate student
Elizabeth Norris is developing a five-
year research plan and will lead
archaeological fieldwork here this
summer. Laser transit technology will
record the location of ruins visible on
the surface, and a digitized map will be
created for interpretive and planning
Volunteers from YRDC and AmeriCorps spruce up Madam Brett Park in Beacon.
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Get Out There
by Kerri Karvetski
rom rugged to serene, Scenic Hudson, Inc. parks and Meadows Lighthouse, the only Hudson River lighthouse
preserves offer many opportunities to experience the built with a wood frame and clapboard exterior. Look for
valley’s summer splendor. Here are just a few: Mills Mansion State Historic Site across the river in
RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary, Catskill, Greene County
Take a half-mile walk to RamsHorn Creek and kayak or Scenic Hudson Park at Irvington, Westchester County
canoe the rest of the way to the Hudson River. On your way Play ball along the Hudson River at the regulation soccer and
back climb the 28-foot observation tower for a sweeping view baseball fields, but call Dennis Hurlie first at (914) 591-8365
of the river’s largest tidal swamp forest. Look up – you may for a permit. Or find a quiet spot on the open lawn and
see an osprey or red-tailed hawk. watch the sun set behind the Palisades.
Burger Hill Park, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County Clausland Mountain Park, Orangetown, Rockland County
Meander up a 550-foot hill to experience panoramic vistas of Hike a loop trail and connect to the 1,200-acre labyrinth of
the Catskill Mountains and Berkshires. A great place to ridgeline parks and trails that includes Long Path, Blauvelt
observe the bobolink, killdeer, American goldfinch and other State Park and Nike Park. On a clear, windy day watch
birds. With good timing and Mother Nature’s cooperation, sailboats cluster around the Tappan Zee Bridge.
you may discover the magical place between sunset and
moonrise. For an Adventure Guide to Parks, Preserves and Trails, please
call Scenic Hudson at (845) 473-4440 or visit
Esopus Meadows Point Preserve, Esopus, Ulster County www.scenichudson.org. z
Bring your binoculars and fishing pole and enjoy more than
3,500 feet of shoreline and views of the 1838 Esopus
New Staff Members Help Plan, Improve Parks
cenic Hudson, Inc. parks received first project involves designing a new recreation classes at SUNY
a boost recently with the addition gateway to nationally recognized Mount Binghamton, where she obtained her
of three Land Preservation Beacon. He has a bachelor’s degree in bachelor’s degree in economics and
program staff members. biology from the State University of environmental studies. She also has
New York at Stonybrook, a master’s in worked for the Student Conservation
Land Conservation Planner Jennifer teaching from Tufts University and a Association and Hudson River
Fraulo researches the conservation value master’s in landscape design from the National Estuarine Research Reserve
of unprotected lands and analyzes Conway School. at Bard College. z
stewardship, development and site
design issues. Ms. Fraulo also helps Park Management
deploy and use geographic information Fellow Sarah
systems, or GIS. She holds a bachelor’s Charlop-Powers is
degree in biology from Harvard charged with
College, a master’s of science in improving public
environmental law from Vermont Law access to our parks
School and a master’s of landscape and works with
design from the Conway School. Public Outreach
CHRIS DAVIS CINA
department staff to
With more than six years of coordinate trail
landscaping experience, Park maintenance and
Development Specialist Jay Levine helps volunteer events.
Scenic Hudson transform its properties Ms. Charlop-Powers New land preservation staff members Jay Levine, Jennifer Fraulo
into parks for the public to enjoy. His taught outdoor and Sarah Charlop-Powers look over a map of endangered lands.
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