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Eat This Plant.

Spring in the Catskills beings an incredible array of wildflowers, wildlife and the first trickle of visitors. This year is your opportunity for locals and visitors alike to favor the beauty, and biodiversity of these Mountains by being leaders in “Good for the Woods” foraging. Hurricane Irene moved thousands of tons of soil and organic material. Roots rhizomes, seeds and other reproductive parts of invasive species are now sprouting in places that have been protected and threatening the beauty, biology and marketability of this unique place. The long winter and late snow is forcing a condensed blooming season for one of the
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Social Venture Institute Interview With Scott Tillitt

The inaugural Social Venture Institute / Hudson Valley will be presented by Antidote Collective, On Belay Business Advisors and Re>Think Local in partnership with Omega Institute and Social Venture Network this weekend. This weekend retreat will be held at Omega Institute near Rhinebeck, NY, May 9-11, 2014. Headline-worthy local and national presenters include: Raphael Bemporad, BBMG — expert in values-driven brand strategy, innovation strategy, cause marketing and public affairs Jeffrey Davis — writer and creativity consultant; researches, interviews, and works with creative innovators, scientists, and social psychologists Marissa Feinberg, Green Spaces/Impact Hub New York — co-founder of go-to NYC coworking
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Mowing? Not In My Backyard

Mowing your lawn for half an hour puts out more emissions than driving a late model car 1000 miles! Now imagine pushing that late model car from here to say Montréal and back and breathing in 1000 miles worth of fumes! Use of lawn pesticides have quadrupled since Rachel Carlson wrote Silent Spring. Use of pesticides in suburbs like Westchester is triple that used in conventional farming. What to do? Luckily we live in the land of alternatives so cleaning up the yard is easy.. Try an electric mulching mower, Black and Decker offer corded and no cord models.  Check
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Hudson Valley & NYC Brace As Imminent Changes to New York’s Energy Markets Approach

The race to solve New York’s energy future is on and competing solutions have hit a new threshold of controversy.  In one corner, Governor Cuomo wants to build new transmission lines to bring power from update resources to serve downstate demand.  In the other corner, FERC has approved the New York Independent System Operator’s (a regional transmission organization operating under FERC’s umbrella) solution to create of a new downstate capacity zone  made up of the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City. Enter Hudson Valley Congressman Maloney (D), representing Orange, Putnam, and parts of Westchester and Dutchess Counties, who has
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Public Invited to Comment on Scope of Environmental Assessment for Proposed Turbidity Control in Water Diverted From Ashokan Reservoir

Residents and environmentalists in the Hudson Valley have been concerned about turbidity in various water bodies ranging from the Ashokan to the Kensico Reservoirs. The DEC is putting together a draft scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for these water bodies and they want your input. From the DEC’s office: Comments are now being accepted on the draft scope for the Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for methods to control turbidity in the portion of the New York City Watershed known as the Catskill Water Supply System and for the evaluation of potential impacts to both the Ashokan Reservoir,
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DEC to Conduct Controlled Burn in Bog Brook Unique Area

New York State DEC will conduct a controlled burn at Bog Brook Unique Area, located in the towns of Southeast and Patterson in Putnam County. The prescribed fire will involve 14.5 acres and is tentatively scheduled for April 10 or 11, depending on weather conditions. The burn will continue DEC’s efforts to restore the Area’s unique native wetland communities and wildlife habitat. When acquired in 1981, Bog Brook contained one of the State’s best examples of a rich graminoid fen, a unique type of wetland. Over the years, its habitat has been gradually degraded by an expanding infestation of common reed (Phragmites
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Make Maple Candy in the Snow Today

Climate change means weird weather. Thanks to this winter’s snow storms we have a unique culinary opportunity. On the Ides of March we can enjoy a unique Hudson Valley, cold weather, traditional craft-treat, Maple Candy. At the end of this long cold winter trees have begun to push sap from the roots out to their buds to start new leaves. The sap is slightly sweet and tasty. When you’re in the woods this week notice where the snow melt is more noticeable around the base of trees. Check out the color of the tree tips, they’re turning a muted pink.
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11th Annual NYS Environmental Excellence Awards

Applications Now Being Accepted Get visibility and recognition for your outstanding, innovative and sustainable project or program that is improving and protecting New York’s environmental resources and contributing to a  viable economy. Eligible applicants include: businesses (including but not limited to small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, hospitality etc.); not-for-profit organizations; education, health care and recreational facilities, individual(s) and local, state, federal or Indian Nation government agencies (except NYSDEC). DEC is interested in receiving applications about projects that demonstrate significant environmental benefits achieved by: –  green infrastructure projects; –  initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; – 
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Hudson River Almanac March 1 – 6, 2014

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW Ice boating was back on the Hudson River this week as a result of our extremely cold and snowy winter, and the efforts of experienced and energetic ice boaters. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 3/6 – Astor Point, HRM 97: In mid-afternoon we were sailing my iceboat Boreas off Astor Point where the iceboat fleet is now located. In the middle of the river we flushed a snowy owl that was sitting on the ice. It flew a few hundred feet and then landed on a snow hummock right in the middle of
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Apply for the Abbey Duncan Brownfield Scholarship Program

The Partnership is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Abbey Duncan Brownfield Scholarship Program. As you may know, the program was initiated to support students pursuing education in brownfield-related fields and was named in honor of Abbey Duncan, an avid environmentalist, talented dancer, and tireless community supporter. The 2014-2015 Scholarships will be one-time awards of up to $2000. Scholarship recipients are selected on a competitive basis and the Program is open to students who meet the following requirements: • An undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at one of the colleges affiliated with CUNY and
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