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Subject: News from Hudson Highlands Land Trust
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:02:55 -0500 (EST)
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Hudson Highlands Land Trust

March 2015

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Free Community Forum
51 Acres Conserved in Putnam County
Nature Museum Spring Break Camp
Black Rock Forest Summer Science Camp
Backyard Chickens Workshop
Sap to Syrup Celebrations

Coming Events
Mar 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 22 & 23
Maple Sugar Tours
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Education Center,
Cornwall, NY 

Mar 8 
Pancake Breakfast
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
Cold Spring, NY 

Mar 15
Backyard Chickens
Common Ground Farm
Beacon NY 

Mar 21
Invasive Species in the Hudson Valley
Cary Institute of Ecosysytem Studies
Millbrook, NY

Mar 22
Maple Syrup Day
Little Stony Point Park
Carmel, NY

Apr 17
Connecting Book Reception
Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints
Garrison Landing, NY 

Apr 19
HHLT's Free Sustainability Forum on Food
Hudson Highlands Country Club
Garrison, NY 

Hudson Highlands Land Trust

P.O. Box 226
20 Nazareth Way
Garrison, NY  10524



Andy Chmar

Executive Director


Katrina Shindledecker
Director of Land Preservation 


MJ Martin

Director of Outreach and Development


Kathy Hamel

Membership and Public Policy Coordinator

Matt Decker
Stewardship Coordinator

Jonathan Leitner 
Program and Database Associate 

HHLT Presents Free Community Forum, Food for Thought: Shopping, Cooking and Eating Sustainably, Sun, Apr 19
On Sunday, April 19, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) will host a community forum on food at the Highlands Country Club, Rt. 9D, in Garrison, NY. The free event, scheduled from 11:00am to 3:00pm, will feature a morning panel and afternoon break-out sessions.

The panelists will present information on how to make affordable, healthful choices that are good for household budgets and the environment. After lunch, break-out sessions will allow attendees to interact and learn about the morning topics in greater detail.

Participants will receive a complimentary lunch and have the opportunity to browse informational tables during breaks.

The forum is open to the general public and free-of-charge, but registration is strongly recommended as space is limited. Walk-ins will be accepted only on a space available basis the day of the event. Email in...@hhlt.org for more information or to make a reservation.

HHLT Conserves 51 Acres in Putnam County

Working with private landowners and a conservation partner, HHLT has conserved 20 acres in Garrison and 31 acres in Putnam Valley. 

In January, Garrison's Winter Hill, a popular local sledding destination and home of HHLT's offices, was protected for future generations to enjoy through the donation of a conservation agreement on the 20-acre property. HHLT holds and will maintain the easement. In 2014, Winter Hill property owner Chris Buck donated 9 acres to the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve and HHLT had a parking lot built off of Snake Hill Road to give hikers easier access to the nearby Revolutionary War North Redoubt.

In February, HHLT partnered with the Westchester Land Trust (WLT) to permanently protect a critical 30-acre landholding within the watershed of the Peekskill Hollow Brook, part of the Peekskill and Cortlandt drinking water supply system. The land, owned by WLT and protected by a conservation agreement with HHLT, has been named the O'Connell Boulder Field Preserve.
"The conservation easement adds the assurance that this property will provide scenic enjoyment for the public, contribute to the health of the Peekskill Hollow Brook watershed, and conserve another area of vital wildlife habitat for generations to come. HHLT is pleased to be partnering with WLT on a project that provides so many positive outcomes for the community," said HHLT's Executive Director, Andy Chmar.

If you are interested in learning more about land conservation, conservation agreements and land stewardship, please email Katrina Shindledecker, or call 845/424-3358 x3.

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Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Spring Break Camp Registration Open

The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum will be hosting spring break camp at its Outdoor Discovery Center from Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 3. You can register your child for part or all of the week.

Campers, ages 6-9, will join museum educators for seasonal fun, learn about wildlife, enjoy animal presentations, stories, crafts, activities and more. "We are planning exciting activities for this spring's school break camp," said educator Carl Heitmuller.

Due to limited space, payment is due at registration. For more information, visit hhnm.org or call 845/534-5506, x211.

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Black Rock Forest Adds New Workshops to Summer Science Camp for 2015

Registration is now open for Black Rock Forest Summer Science Camp's Middle School Week and High School Week. New classes include Engineering from Nature, Living Light (photography) and Animal Behavior Decoded. 

The summer camp gives children an understanding of nature through scientific observation and investigating, working directly with scientists and artists. Classes are developed and taught by subject experts and provide an opportunity to explore college and career possibilities in the natural sciences while having fun.

Review the brochure for a complete list of camp offerings, or visit the website for more information and to register online.

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Common Ground Farms Offers Backyard Chickens Workshop

If you're thinking about raising chickens, plan on attending Common Ground Farm's workshop on Sunday, March 15, from 10:00am to noon.

The workshop introduces attendees to the basics of starting an urban flock--selecting the appropriate breed, designing a coop, and protecting against predators. At the end of the class, you'll have a a good understanding of how to keep yourself, your chickens and your neighbors happy while enjoying fresh eggs from your own backyard.

To register email educ...@commongroundfarm.org or visit their website.

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Cary Institute Hosts Invasive Species Forum, Sat, Mar 21

Join the Cary Institute and Dutchess Land Conservancy for a Science & Management Forum on Invasive Species in the Hudson Valley. 

Attendees will learn how invasive species alter ecosystems, why natives are preferable, how and where to focus removal efforts, new invaders to watch for and current policies regulating invasive species.

The event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required. Contact tumb...@caryinstitute.org or 845/677-7600 x325 for more information, or register online.

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Local Groups Celebrate Maple Sugaring Season

Maple Sugar Tours at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - Weekends in March
On March 7 & 8, 14 & 15, and 21 & 22, Museum educators will guide small groups on 60-minute tours through the forest at the Outdoor Discovery Center and teach all about maple sugaring past and present. Tours begin every half-hour between 10:30am to 3:00pm. Tickets are $10/adult and $7/child (museum members: $7/adult and $4/child). Visit the website for more information.

Taconic Outdoor Education Center Pancake Breakfast, Sun, Mar 8
TOEC celebrates the season at its facilities in Cold Spring from 8:30am to noon. Activities include a pancake breakfast, and hands-on demonstration of tapping trees, boiling sap and producing syrup. Tickets are $8 per adult. Call 845/265-3773 for more information.

Little Stony Point Maple Syrup Day, Sun, Mar 22
Little Stony Point's annual Maple Syrup Day will be held at the Caretaker's House from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Festivities include live music, pancakes, maple syrup, coffee and cider, BYOB (blueberries). Event is free, donations are gratefully accepted. View the flyer for more information.

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Celebrate Spring and the Hudson Highlands, Friday, April 17
Save the date and plan to join Cathy and David Lilburne at  Antipodean Books Maps & Prints on Garrison Landing on Friday, April 17, from 5:00-8:00pm for drinks and conversation in appreciation of the people and places of the Hudson Highlands. Copies of HHLT's commemorative book, Connecting: Celebrating the People & Places of the Hudson Highlands will be available for purchase and book photographer Christine Ashburn will be on hand to sign copies.

The Hudson Highlands Land Trust is a community-based, accredited, non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to the protection of the natural resources, rural character and scenic beauty of the Hudson Highlands. 

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