ARCHIVED NEWS OF THE PALISADES PARKS SYSTEM - 2016
The Jolly Rovers Take On Stony Kill Falls Trail
December 14, 2016
The Jolly Rovers Trail crew have teamed up with Tahawus Trails LLC and the Palisades Parks Conservancy to upgrade the Stony Kill Falls Trail in Minnewaska State Park, and the task has become a record breaking challenge!

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Giving Tuesday
November 23, 2016
Giving Tuesday is November 29, 2016. The Conservancy hopes you will think of us when making your contributions. We thank you in advance for you support!

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Registration for Sixth Annual Rock the River Race Now Open!
November 15, 2016
Registration is officially open for the May 7, 2017 Rock the River Race in Fort Lee, NJ.

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Award Winning Program Scheduled at Washington's Headquarters
November 5, 2016
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site program, Through Different Lenses: Views From Two Centuries, received a 2016 Award for Excellence from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. Due to this honor, Washington’s Headquarters has decided to offer this program on November 26th at 11:30 A.M. and at 1:00 P.M.

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Lake Minnewaska and Awosting Parking Areas to be Closed on October 4
September 22, 2016
There will be no parking access at Lake Minnewaska and Awosting parking areas due to the paving of park entrances on OCTOBER 4, 2016.

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The Jolly Rovers Trail Crew Donate a Staircase
September 15, 2016
The Jolly Rovers recently worked along the Ellenville Ice Caves Trail in Sam's Point to rehabilitate a large stone staircase.

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Gov. Cuomo Announces Growth In Summer Season Attendance
September 8, 2016
The parks system welcomed 38.4 million visitors during the 2016 summer season.

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Find Your Voice Program on the A-T
August 31, 2016
On August 19th, the Conservancy, the PIPC, and OPRHP partnered with our friends at the National Parks Conservation Association, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Millennium Development, and Rockland Conservation & Service Corps to bring 100 young people from Brooklyn to Bear Mountain for the day.

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The Purple Heart
August 9, 2016
Last Sunday the Purple Heart was commemorated on the 234th anniversary of its creation.

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Fingerboard Shelter Closure
July 27, 2016
Fingerboard Shelter is planned to be closed for restoration work for a period of August 1 thru September 30th.

This is a tentative time frame for the work. The area around the shelter will still be available for tent camping.

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State Parks Offer Free Learn To Swim Lessons
July 20, 2016
The State Parks Department is expanding its offering of free, learn-to-swim programs at state parks across the state this summer, hoping to reach nearly 3,000 children.

The program, now in its fourth year, is being offered through a partnership among State Parks, the American Red Cross; the National Swimming Pool Foundation; the Northeast Spa and Pool Association Foundation and the New York State Department of Health.

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Gov. Cuomo Announces $1.3M for State Parks
July 7, 2016
Governor Cuomo has announced $1.3M in funding of 17 projects that will improve and expand state park hiking trails and outdoor access projects. Read the full text to see how the funding is being used.

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Sam's Point Ecosystem Begins Slow Recovery After Wildfire
June 23, 2016
The post fire ecosystem recovery has begun within the Sam's Point area of Minnewaska State Park. Local ecologists are excited to see how the recovery progresses, as this was the first fire on the fire-adapted Shawangunk Ridge in decades.

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Volunteers Show Minnewaska Some Love
May 11, 2016
Volunteers came from as far as Albany and Ithaca to give Minnewaska State Park Preserve some love during I Love My Park Day on Saturday.

With the Sam’s Point Preserve Area of the park still closed two weeks after a wildfire scorched the area, the 25 volunteers who arrived Saturday decked out in rain gear were feeling especially protective of the park where they have gone hiking, biking and rock climbing. Volunteers split up into three different projects, and spent the day clearing overgrown trails and building a new one.

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Every Kid In A Park
May 1, 2016
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the “Connect Kids to Parks” program last week — a program that will allow fourth graders in the New York, along with their families, to get into State Parks for free.

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Park Alert: Access Closures
April 29, 2016
A 2,000 acre wildfire had forced the closure of Minnewaska State Park Preserve since Sunday, April 24, 2016. Minnewaska will re-open to the public on Saturday, April 30 with the following restrictions:

The entire Sam's Point Area will remain CLOSED until further notice.

Trails connecting the Lake MInnewaska area to the Sam's Point area will remain CLOSED until further notice. Those closed trails are: Lower Mine Hole Trail, Mine Hole Road/Long Path, Scenic Trail, Smiley Carriage Road, Stony Kill Carriage Road and South Gully Trail.

These restrictions are in place for your safety and the protection of sensitive resources; PLEASE STAY OUT OF CLOSED AREAS.
Firefighters Battle 800 Acre Blaze at Minnewaska State Park
April 27, 2016
The battle to control and extinguish the wildfire at Sam's Point Preserve is entering its fourth day. More firefighters from outside Ulster County are joining the fight on Tuesday.



Hundreds of firefighters and other emergency responders are involved. The fire has consumed more than 800 acres. There is some rain in Tuesday's forecast, but it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to help stop the fire.

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Appreciation to United Nations International High School
April 25, 2016
Trailside Museums & Zoo and the Conservancy would like to extend many thanks to the UNIS Students and teacher Tom Siefring for their volunteer work in beautifying the native gardens at the zoo!

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Ladies In The Spotlight at Washington
March 25, 2016
A large audience turned out to celebrate Women's History Month at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site. The General’s Lady, held on Sunday, March 13th, paid tribute to both the impact of noteworthy historical women, and to contemporary women making a difference in the field of history and preservation in the Hudson Valley.

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Rock the River Race - Register Today!
March 8, 2016
Registration for the Rock the River race is open! We also need volunteers to hand out water, register runners, coordinate parking, check in bikes, and more. All proceeds from the event support the roads and trails in NJ's Palisades Interstate Park.



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CANCELLATION: New Paltz Challenge XC Ski Race
February 1, 2016
Due to a lack of snow the first ever New Paltz Challenge XC Ski Race that had been scheduled for February 6, 2016 has been CANCELLED.

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Denise Doring VanBuren to Recieve 2016 Woman of History Award
January 25, 2016
Denise Doring VanBuren, (History Advocate/Author), is this year’s recipient of the Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This award is given by Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site each year to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley through education, promotion, or preservation. The honor was inspired by Martha Washington, an outstanding woman in history who resided in the Hudson Valley with her husband, General George Washington, during the last days of the Revolutionary War.

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