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Check out these New Year’s Day hikes in state parks

Check out these New Year’s Day hikes in state parks

It’s time to lace up those boots, put that puffer jacket on, slip into some Bernie Sanders-styled mittens and hit the trails in 2022! The Office of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is offering a host of first-day hikes to help incentivize residents to start the year with an invigorating guided hike or snowshoe at a number of parks throughout the Hudson Valley region.

Catskill Park’s new coordinator is focused on preservation

Catskill Park’s new coordinator is focused on preservation

After more than 20 years in the works, the Catskill Park will see its first-ever coordinator. McCrea Burnham, a 24-year veteran of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will work to bring together the needs and desires of disparate stakeholders, while seeking to preserve the park’s pristine natural environments in midst of skyrocketing visitation and climate change.

A guide to locally sourced and renewable gifts 

A guide to locally sourced and renewable gifts 

In the Hudson Valley we are surrounded by natural beauty. Yet, too often, we can become complacent, almost dulled as to what exists right outside of our own backyards. We stick to the same routines, the walk around the block, the elliptical at the gym, sometimes even the shuffle from the grocery store to the parking lot might be the only bit of fresh air we breathe in a day. 

Hudson Valley jurisdictions make renewables their default electricity source

Hudson Valley jurisdictions make renewables their default electricity source

Communities throughout the Hudson Valley have begun signing on to Community Choice Aggregation agreements, which set the default electricity rates and source for municipal customers who opt in. Increasingly, these programs use renewable energy, allowing climate-conscious consumers to help the environment without adding solar panels to their own properties.

Sign of spring: Sloop Clearwater back on Hudson

Sign of spring: Sloop Clearwater back on Hudson

America’s environmental flagship, the iconic sloop Clearwater, has returned to the river to embark on its 52nd season of environmental education and inspirational sails on the Hudson River. The season kicked off from Beacon on May 17 with a Clearwater member sail. May 17 also marks the anniversary of the sloop’s launch from the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine in 1969.