Vertical Gardening at Home

A decade ago, Bryan Meador was an art student in New York City alienated by too much concrete. He felt far from Oklahoma, where he’d grown up gardening with his Cherokee grandparents. Wandering city streets in search of natural inspiration,...
Red-Headed Woodpecker at Esopus Meadows Preserve

Beyond Backyard Birding

By Jacqueline Dooley Most people in the Hudson Valley are familiar with the birds they see at feeders and in their backyards. From common house sparrows that visit feeders year-round, to summer residents like ruby-throated hummingbirds and house wrens, it...

Creating a New Community Resource in Poughkeepsie

Deepening our roots in the City of Poughkeepsie — and building upon our commitment to be an active partner in revitalizing the city’s Northside neighborhoods — an affiliate of The Scenic Hudson Land Trust has acquired two derelict manufacturing plants...
Madam Brett Park

10 Scenic Hudson Parks You Can Get to By Train

Who says you need a car to explore Scenic Hudson parks? A ride on Metro-North’s Hudson Line and a short walk will deliver you to these 10 outstanding places where you can admire the Hudson River, connect with nature, go...
Untermyer Gardens

Tour Historic Hudson River Towns by App

With social distancing still essential, an app offering a self-guided audio tour of communities along the Hudson River in Rockland and Westchester counties couldn’t come along at a better time. Launched on June 24, it allows users — whether driving...

Advice for Black Farmers & Activists

Farmer and food justice advocate Karen Washington — one of the grassroots environmental leaders honored in our People Who Make a Difference poster project — was the special guest at the inaugural event of our Envision Virtual Summer Series. She...
Dredging on Hudson River 2012

PCB Cleanup Update

A June 4, 2020, article in Politico reported that levels of PCB toxins in Hudson River fish have not changed significantly over the last 2 years. This raises even more doubts about the effectiveness of the Superfund cleanup conducted by...

Don’t Touch That Plant!

Trees, shrubs and wildflowers contribute so much beauty to the Hudson Valley — and joy to our lives — but here are 6 plants you definitely should stay away from while enjoying the outdoors. We’ve placed them in the order...
Alosa pseudoharengus, Common Name: Alewife

Disappearing Dams, Rebounding Ecosystems

On a spring day in 2016, workers removed an iron gate that had redirected the flow along the Wynants Kill in Troy toward an unused mill about a quarter mile from the Hudson. The goal: eliminate a dilapidated, unnecessary barrier...
Thurgood Marshall Painting by Betsy Graves Reyneau

Thurgood Marshall’s Valley Legacy

Travelers whizzing along Route 17 — perhaps on their way to or from hikes in Harriman or Sterling Forest State parks — may have noticed that a portion of the road in Rockland County is now named the Thurgood Marshall...