Four Mid-Hudson facilities secure funds for parks, historic sites, public lands


Basha Kill bird (
Basha Kill Area Association

ALBANY – Parks and Trails New York announced grants totaling $123,000 to four Hudson Valley awardees.
The Basha Kill Area Association will receive $7,792 for professional reformatting and printing 500 copies of the third edition of their book – “A Birding Guide to Sullivan County New York.”  The project will generate more interest in the state-owned natural resource by educating visitors about the more than 250 bird species that inhabit the wetland during the year.
Friends of Mills Mansion in Staatsburg will receive $48,000 to purchase
historically-accurate, custom-made fabric, trim and decorative trim, tie-backs
and hanging hardware needed to reproduce the historic drapes in the formal
dining room. They will replace the existing drapes that have been hanging
for over 100 years.
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct will receive $27,200 to cover the cost of a coordinator to support the needs of the recently opened Keeper’s House Education and Visitor Center. The coordinator will develop and manage the volunteer docent program, including recruiting new volunteers to assist will all the activities at the center and improve the visitor’s experience.      
The Little Stony Point Citizens Association will receive $39,946 to fund a solar installation on the volunteer center to power activities. A portion of the energy generated will be stored in a mobile battery, which will be used to support volunteer activities throughout the park. The funds will also pay for installation of a simple “green” incinerating toilet to provide better amenities for visitors. 

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