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“Is It Native?” Why The First Question You Ask When Plant Shopping Is the Most Important

“Is It Native?” Why The First Question You Ask When Plant Shopping Is the Most Important

“Is it native?” That's the first question you should ask when you see a plant you like at a nursery, says John Messerschmidt, owner of Hudson Valley Native Landscaping in High Falls. "If the answer is no, it does nothing to contribute to the wildlife around you." Here, the native plants expert explains why and how those non-native plants in your garden are affecting the local populations of caterpillars and birds that rely on native plants for food.

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Clarkson’s Beacon Institute Is Moving to Its New Home at Dennings Point This Month

For over a decade, Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute has been a mainstay of downtown Beacon. From its location on Main Street, the Institute has become a leading voice in research into healthy water solutions in the region and has been an important local resource for STEM-driven educational programs for K-12 students, families, and the public alike. This June marks a major milestone for the growth of the Institute, as it officially relocates just a few miles south to Dennings Point—a scenic 64-acre peninsula that juts into the Hudson River and is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park.

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Winnakee Land Trust Opens Vlei Marsh to the Public

The Winnakee Land Trust opened Vlei Marsh to the public on June 1, a 165-acre nature preserve that is Rhinebeck’s second largest wetland area. Multi-looped, newly upgraded trails at Vlei Marsh take visitors through both wetland and forest, home to scores of mammals, amphibians, and birds. A 30-year-old accredited land trust and nonprofit, the WLT focuses on protecting and stewarding forests, farmland, natural habitats, and water resources from development, for both ecological health and community enjoyment. They have expanded into acquiring and maintaining land in the Hudson Valley in the past few years.

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Riverkeeper Sweep Returns for Its 10th Anniversary Event on May 1

The annual day of service offers volunteers from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks the opportunity to help rejuvenate sites along the Hudson River and its tributaries
After nine years, 804 projects, and 275 tons of debris removed from the Hudson River and its tributaries, the annual Riverkeeper Sweep has become one of the region’s most enduring environmental traditions. With over 120 project sites and 17 new projects that will offer anyone who wants to volunteer the chance to get involved, this year's 10th anniversary event on May 1 is shaping up in peak form.

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Designing a Climate Positive Future

ChoShields Studio Founders In Cho and Tim Shields Are Committed to Making Passive House Mainstream
Through their work designing Passive House buildings and empowering an ever-widening audience from elementary school students to building professionals with the knowledge of Passive House, In Cho and Tim Shields, founders of Kingston and Brooklyn-based architecture firm ChoShields Studio are advocating for a climate positive and socially equitable future. “Passive House is something that we would love to become public knowledge so it’s not just within our specific field,” says In. “It really has to be expanded to everyone. Our goal is to spread this knowledge so that everyone knows exactly what Passive House means the same way you do something as easy as recycling.”

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A Growing Concern

Hudson Valley Farmers Face the Climate Crisis
From increasing pest problems to less productive plants, climate change is creating problems for local farmers.

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Future Forward | 12 Local Changemakers

This series is published in partnership with Scenic Hudson’s HV Viewfinder.
As 2020 recedes in the rearview, we ask a diverse group of environmental advocates what they envision in their areas over the next decade and how we get there.

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An Excerpt From Repair Revolution

How Repair Cafes & Its Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture
Since the world’s first Repair Cafe was held in Amsterdam in 2009, the fix-it movement has swept across the globe. One early adopting community was New Paltz. Its founder, John Wackman, teams up Elizabeth Knight to document the culture of thrift and resilience in Repair Revolution (New World Library).

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Remote Work: A Home-Based Climate Solution

The benefits of remote work extend beyond workers and employers to the environment.

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Fossil Fuels on the Brink

The renewables sector has shown that it can be an engine of well-paid, community-based jobs.

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Repairs in Kerhonkson Highlight Water Infrastructure Problems

While not as bad as other rural water districts across America, some of the region’s local water systems are degrading.
A multimillion-dollar repair project in the Ulster County hamlet of Kerhonkson, NY spotlights the quiet water infrastructure crisis that upstate New York, and much of the country, is headed toward.

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How Tourists Can Protect Endangered Species in the Hudson Valley

Whether you’re hiking, fishing or just driving through our lush region, these are some simple things you can do to protect the plants and animals of the Hudson Valley during your visit.

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How Homeowners Can Protect Endangered Species in the Hudson Valley

For Hudson Valley residents, making your backyard more wild and taking other simple actions can protect our birds, bees, bats and trees.

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Hudson Valley: A 2020 Battleground for Climate Action

Will New York be at the forefront of sustainable energy? Or will the state preach sustainability while strengthening its reliance on fossil fuels behind the scenes? All eyes are on the new natural-gas-burning Cricket Valley Energy Center.

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Tusten Takes a Big Step to Lower Its Carbon Footprint

A Sullivan County Town Leads the Way Toward Greener Farming
The tiny town in Sullivan County will be the first municipality in the United States with a solar-powered process to convert plant and animal waste into energy.

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With Their Powers Combined

Clarkson Teams Up with SUNY ESF for Healthier NYS Waterways
Clarkson University, in partnership with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), is raising funds to expand the research and education facilities at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries on Denning’s Point as part of their work as a New York State Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions.

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Ulster County Fair @ Ulster County Fairgrounds

Ulster County Fair

Tue., Aug. 3, 4-10 p.m., Wed., Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thu., Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri., Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat., Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. — This family-fun tradition since 1886 features midway rides and games for all...
Manitoga: Design • Art • Nature Tour @ MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center

Manitoga: Design • Art • Nature Tour

Mondays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 12-1:30, 1-2:30 & 2-3:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 8 — Visit MANITOGA, the House, Studio and Woodland Garden of pioneer industrial designer,...

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