Current News of the Palisades Parks System
The Jolly Rovers Latest Trail Building Accomplishment
October 23, 2017
The action packed Jolly Rovers are back! This time they tackle the boulder fields of Minnewaska State Park's Stony Kill Falls. What will they create amidst this landscape of stone and water? Find out in this video that celebrates our volunteers latest accomplishments in trail building. Thank you again Jolly Rovers crew for all your dedication and hard work!

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President Duda of Poland Visits Washington's Headquarters
October 2, 2017
While in the United States, Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, visited Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site on Thursday, September 21st. After speaking at the United Nations and West Point Military Academy, President Duda and his staff chose to learn about our history...right here in Newburgh! This is the first time that Poland's President has visited one of our State Historic Sites. Another first for the first publicly owned historic site in the Nation, which opened in 1850.

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The Conservancy Welcomes First Executive Director
August 8, 2017
The Palisades Parks Conservancy is excited to announce that Heather Loebner has been appointed as its first Executive Director. Heather will lead fundraising, education, and program efforts while expanding the organization’s role as non-profit partner to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

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Scouts Complete Eagle Project in NJ
June 20, 2017
A group of Scouts from Troop 226 worked with Aaron Kazer to complete his Eagle Project in the New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park.

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Doodletown Publication Back By Popular Demand!
June 6, 2017
After a many year hiatus, the book Doodletown: Hiking Through History in a Vanished Hamlet on the Hudson, is now again available to the public! Author and former Doodletown resident, Elizabeth "Perk" Stalter recently visited Fort Montgomery for a booksigning and talk about this fascinating, vanished hamlet that continues to intrigue hikers and historians, alike.

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PIPC Publications Available at the Park Visitior Center
May 14, 2017
The Park Visitor Center (845) 786-5003 stocks the following PIPC Press books and others that are guaranteed to answer your questions about our parks and historic sites, the Hudson River Valley and surrounding areas, the trail you thought you were on, and if a bear really does use the woods.

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Stony Kill Trail Project & Closure
April 6, 2017
As of April 1, 2017, work has started on the new trail at Stony Kill Falls in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Once complete, the trail will provide safe access to one of the park's spectacular waterfalls.

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2017 Volunteer Fair Poster Contest Winner
February 23, 2017
Chaela Johnson has been chosen as the winner of the 2017 Newburgh Volunteer Fair Poster Contest. Chaela’s poster design will be used as the official poster promoting the upcoming Newburgh Volunteer Fair, which takes place on Saturday, April 29th at Washington's Headquarters.

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Mary Ellen Maise is the 2017 Woman of History
February 1, 2017
Historian, researcher and educator Mary Ellen Matise is this year’s recipient of the Martha Washington Woman of History Award. There will be an award presentation on March 19, 2017 during the Women's History Month program, The General's Lady

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2015-2016 Annual Report
January 2, 2017
The Conservancy has released our 2015-2016 Annual Report, outlining major projects going on within the parks, a recap of important events, as well as an update about small grants awarded by the Conservancy in order to promote the many free public events hosted by our parks and historic sites.

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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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OSI Acquires Addition to Minnewaska State Park
November 30, 2016
The Open Space Institute has announced its acquisition of a 651-acre addition to the Sam's Point region of Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

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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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Harriman's Outdoor Center Gets $2M Upgrade
July 7, 2016
After a $2 million renovation, the Appalachian Mountain Club will officially open its AMC Harriman Outdoor Center to guests beginning July 4.

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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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Audubon Designates Two Local Forests As Bird Havens
June 10, 2016
The Black Rock and Schunnemunk forests have been designated as an important bird area (IBA) by Audubon New York.

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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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Conservancy Awarded USFWS Grant
March 7, 2016
We just received news that the Conservancy was awarded a two-year grant in the amount of $67,334 from the US Fish & Wildlife Service through its North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program.

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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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Splashdown: Lease Signed to Reopen Tallman Park Pools
December 27, 2015
After years of trying to get someone to reopen the Tallman Mountain State Park swimming pools, Billy Procida got tired of waiting.

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Roadwork: Arden Valley Road Bridge
December 27, 2015
The western end of Arden Valley Road is currently closed due to repairs to the bridge over the NY State Thruway. The bridge was flagged by DOT for emergency repairs, which should take a few weeks.



Until the repairs are complete, there is no access to the Elk Pen parking area and the western parts of Harriman Park near Arden Valley Road are only accessible on foot.



We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated as repairs progress.
State Launches Fall Tourism Promotion Targeting Catskills
November 2, 2015
Governor Cuomo announced a series of actions to promote tourism in the Catskill Mountain region, including holding the first annual Catskill Challenge in summer 2016. Governor Cuomo also unveiled a$7.3 million plan to modernize the gateway to Minnewaska State Park Preserve and better accommodate the growing number of visitors to the stunning Shawangunk destination.

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Conservancy Resolution - Endorsing NJ State Legislation S2025 to Protect the Palisades Viewshed
October 5, 2015
The Board of Directors of the Palisades Parks Conservancy has recently passed a resolution in support of NJ State Legislation S2025, which would protect the viewshed of the Hudson River Palisades.

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2016 Martha Washington Woman of History Award
September 2, 2015
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Martha Washington Woman of History Award. Each year, in honor of Martha Washington, the site the site honors a woman who has contributed to the education and preservation of history in the Hudson Valley.

2016 Woman of History Nomination Form

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Palisades Protected
June 24, 2015
Thanks to the efforts of many, the Palisades have once again been saved from unnecessary development. On June 23rd, the Protect the Palisades leadership team announced that an agreement had been reached with LG Electronics to lower the height of their proposed corporate headquarters to just below the treeline, ending a two year old battle.

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New Boating Regulations
March 18, 2015
Attention all boaters: For the 2015 boating season, Harriman State Park and Rockland State Park will initiating a pilot program for purchasing boat permits. It will no longer be a requirement to bring boats, life preservers, and sounding devices to the Tiorati, Beaver Pond, and Rockland Lake boat permit stations in order to receive the PIPC permits and keys.

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Save the Date - Annual Benefit Dinner
March 17, 2015
On Friday, June 12th, the Conservancy will host its annual benefit dinner. This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bear Mountain Inn and the people, families, and organizations who have made it the gem of the PIPC system.

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Two Grants Support Tower of Victory Project
January 20, 2015
The Conservancy is pleased to announce two new grants in support of the campaign to Save the Tower! Thanks to the William and Elaine Kaplan Family Private Foundation and the Charina Foundation for their generous support of the project!

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Smoking Ban in Effect
January 20, 2015
A recent court ruling has upheld a smoking ban in parts of all NY State Parks.

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Perils to the Palisades Chosen as Official Garden State Film Festival Selection
January 7, 2015
A short film about the NJ Palisades - produced by the Conservancy in partnership with Media Ranch Productions - was chosen as an official selection for the 2015 Garden State Film Festival!

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2013-14 PPC Annual Report Available
December 12, 2014
The 2013-14 Conservancy Annual Report is now available. Thank you to everyone who supported the Conservancy last year! We couldn't have done so much without you.

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