Albany Pine Bush News

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ALBANY, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission released its Draft Management Plan Update for public review and comment October 4, 2016. Two public meetings are scheduled to gather comment on this document and answer questions about the Preserve. Commission staff will present an overview of the Draft Management Plan Update at the Crossings in Colonie on November 2 and at the Guilderland Public Library on November 3 – both meetings are from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. People can participate at the meetings and/or provide written comments via email to managementplan@albanypinebush.org or standard mail to Management Plan, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205. The comment period of the Draft Management Plan Update ends at the close of business November 25, 2016. The Draft Management Plan Update is available for public review at public offices and libraries around the Capital Region. A list of these locations is available by calling the Commission (518-456-0655) or from its website at www.albanypinebush.org/commission/management_plans.htm.

Executive Director Christopher A. Hawver said in a statement, “This draft document updates the 2010 Pine Bush Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement. It identifies and further refines the Commission’s goals and challenges for land protection, natural resource management, public education, outreach, recreation and preserve operations. No substantive changes are proposed in the Draft Management Plan Update to recommendations for preserve protection, management or associated environmental impacts. The recommendations in the Draft Plan Update balance environmental and community needs and are based on scientific criteria and over 25 years of experience in managing the Pine Bush Preserve. In updating and developing a reasonable plan we are building on many of our successful partnerships, and the principle that everyone can and should work together to protect and enjoy the benefits of this globally-rare National Natural Landmark.”

The 1988 Legislation (NYS Environmental Conservation Law, Article 46) which established the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, requires that the Preserve Management Plan be reviewed and, if necessary, updated every five years. The Draft Management Plan Update is a minor revision of the 2010 Management Plan. This document refines education, outreach and communication recommendations; provides an updated five year operating plan and updates the Invasive and Overabundant Species Management Plan. The Draft Plan also updates the Preserve’s descriptive statistics (e.g. acres managed) and Preserve Designations (e.g. National Natural Landmark, Important Bird Area, National Heritage Site, etc.). As no substantive changes are proposed in the Draft Management Plan Update, the action has been classified as a State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Type II Action consistent with 6 NYCRR Part 617.

The Draft Management Plan Update was written to provide people who have an interest in the Albany Pine Bush with an opportunity to participate in planning for its future.

The 3,200+ – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals and supports 69 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

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Smokey Bear Day

Smokey Bear Day 2012 (39)ALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve will host its annual Smokey Bear Day on Monday October 10, 2016 from 10am – 2pm at the Discovery Center.

Christopher Hawver, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Executive Director said, “We invite the community to come out and enjoy this free annual event. Smokey Bear Day provides a family-friendly opportunity to learn why fire is an important natural component of this globally-rare ecosystem.”

Visitors will learn how the Commission uses prescribed fire to keep the Pine Bush, listed as a National Natural Landmark, a healthy habitat for the unique species of plants and animals that thrive there. Smokey Bear and a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger will make appearances throughout the day, and Commission Fire Management and Education staff will be on hand.

Erin Kinal, Education Program Director said, “There will be interactive exhibits on prescribed fire, refreshments and Smokey goody bags for visitors to take home. Visitors will have several opportunities throughout the event to meet Smokey Bear.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll ages are welcome. The event will be held rain or shine at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. For more details and to pre-register, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655.

The 3,200+ – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals and supports 69 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

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Snow Pack Research in the Albany Pine BushALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is looking for neighbors that live within half a mile of the Preserve to help track changing weather patterns by measuring the depth of snow in their own backyard. On Wednesday, October 5 from 7:00-8:00pm come to the Discovery Center to learn how to collect and submit measurements.

Regionally, climate change is altering seasonal weather patterns, especially temperature and precipitation, but little is known about specific changes in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is therefore asking Preserve neighbors to help fill this knowledge gap by inviting them to participate in a citizen-science project to document snow depth around the Preserve.

“Many plants and animals have evolved to require cold, snowy winter weather”, said Neil Gifford, Conservation Director for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. “For example, such conditions appear essential to the success of the endangered Karner blue butterfly’s eggs, which overwinter under the snow. Prolonged cold temperatures also provide the refrigeration critical to the germination of many native plant seeds, and snow can affect how much water is in vernal ponds for frog and salamander breeding in spring.”

According to Gifford, understanding how weather patterns in the Preserve are changing is the first step to understanding what the Commission can do to improve the long-term survival of the Karner blue butterfly as well as 68 other rare wildlife listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New York State.

This program is free and recommended for ages 15+. Snow monitoring materials will be provided. Participants must live within one half mile of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Pre-registration is required for all programs. The Discovery Center is located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. To sign up please visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org and click on “Events Calendar” at the top of the page or call 518-456-0655.

The 3,200+ – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals and supports 69 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

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Science Lecture Series
Lessons from the Adirondacks: Studying Vernal Pool Amphibians in an Intact Wetland Landscape

ALBANY NY – At 7:00 pm on Thursday August 18, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and Friends of the Pine Bush Community will cohost an evening lecture at the Discovery Center on wetland ecosystems presented by Dr. David Patrick, The Nature Conservancy Director of Conservation in New Hampshire. This lecture is part of a monthly science lecture series presented by local scientists and the Commission’s own expert staff. Recommended for ages 15 and above, lecture series topics vary from tiger beetles, to wild turkeys, to climate research and more.

Wetlands represent some of the most threatened ecosystems in the United States. While wetland loss and degradation continues in the present day, the roots of these changes can be traced back to the arrival of European settlers on the continent and the subsequent expansion of agriculture. This long history of loss and alteration presents a challenge for those seeking to conserve and restore wetlands, like those found in the globally rare Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Specifically, our understanding of the functioning of wetland systems and the biodiversity that relies upon them is often built upon research conducted in systems that are already highly modified.

“I am really excited to be returning to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve,” says Dr. Patrick. “As a conservation biologist, I see the Pine Bush as a real success story in terms of how we can restore vital habitat and natural processes in a human-dominated landscape.”

Dr. Patrick will demonstrate how his research of wetland communities in the Adirondack Park provides an ideal opportunity to assess how wetland biodiversity functions across a largely intact wetland landscape and how we can use this information as a baseline to inform restoration efforts.

Science Lecture Series programs are free and open to the public. This program is recommended for ages 15+. Pre-registration is required for all programs. The Discovery Center is located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. To sign up for any of these programs, please visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655.

The 3,200+ – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals and supports 69 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.
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FHF logoThe Friends of the Pine Bush Community, as a non-profit organization, will benefit from a special fundraiser event Tuesday, October 18, 2016 hosted by Boscov’s Department Store. The Friends is being supplied with $5 shopping passes to sell to friends, neighbors and family. Everyone who purchases a $5 Friends Helping Friends pass receives a 25% discount shopping pass for purchases at Boscov’s made only on October 18.

The Friends gets to keep the entire $5 from every shopping pass sold. Purchasers of a pass can easily recoup their $5 and much more through the savings they enjoy with their pass at Boscov’s. And they’re helping the Friends!

Passes will be available from Friends outreach events, the Friends donation box at the Discovery Center, Science Lecture Series, an offer on Facebook  and locations to be announced.

For more information about the Friends Helping Friends fundraiser, please email info@PineBushFriends.org.

Friends @ 9:48 am

Call for Submissions to Pine Bush Perspectives: A Juried Photo Exhibit

2015 Exhibit Award WinnersALBANY NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is now accepting submissions for the Pine Bush Perspectives juried photo exhibit. Now in its third year, this event has engaged the Pine Bush community in a unique way. “Photography slows you down forcing you to take a second look. It changes your perspective of the world”, said Blake Etchison, Discovery Center Manager. “We hope that this challenge will motivate beginners and advanced photographers alike to share with us all their inspirational moments captured in the preserve.”

Entrants may be any age or skill level. Minors must have parental permission in order to submit photos. Photos must be submitted by the original photographer and must have been taken in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Each photographer can submit up to three photos. Photos can be submitted until October 18, 2016 online www.AlbanyPineBush.org/photo-exhibit or you can schedule an in-person submission by calling 518-456-0655.

Entries will be judged by jurors selected by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Juried Photo Exhibit Committee. Submission does not guarantee entry. Entrants will be notified by November 1, 2016 of their entry status. The finalists will be displayed in the Pine Bush Perspectives exhibit that will open on December 2, 2016 at 5pm, with an awards presentation and small reception in the Discovery Center. For more details, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/photo-exhibit or call 518-456-0655.

The 3,200+ – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals and supports 69 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

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Fred BregliaALBANY NY – At 7:00 pm on Thursday July 21, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and Friends of the Pine Bush Community will cohost an evening lecture at the Discovery Center on ancient trees of New York presented by Fred Breglia, Executive Director of the Landis Arboretum. This lecture is part of a monthly science lecture series presented by local scientists and the Commission’s own expert staff. Recommended for ages 15 and above, lecture series topics vary from tiger beetles, to wild turkeys, to climate research and more.

This presentation will highlight many of the old growth gems that exist throughout New York including the Capital Region. Breglia has spent the past 15 years searching for, exploring, and documenting ancient forests and this presentation will highlight and feature what he has found. You will learn how to recognize the characteristics that make up old growth forests as he takes you on a virtual tour of the largest and oldest trees in the northeast.

To learn more about Breglia and the Landis Arboretum visit their website address at www.landisarboretum.org, and like their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/landisarb. Visit Breglia’s Ancient Forest and Champion Tree Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ancientforests.

Science Lecture Series programs are free and open to the public. This program is recommended for ages 15+. Pre-registration is required for all programs. The Discovery Center is located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany. To sign up for any of these programs, please visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655.

The 3,200+ – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals and supports 69 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

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Pine Bush Dreamscape by Noel Payton

Pine Bush Dreamscape by Noel Payton

ALBANY NY – Pine Bush-inspired art and traditional quilts will be on display at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center from Friday June 24 – Sunday July 10, 2016 during normal Discovery Center hours. The quilts were crafted by members of the QUILT Guild of Delmar, NY and each quilt depicts the Pine Bush from the quilter’s own perspective.

Blake Etchison, Discovery Center Manager, said “Each quilt is a stunning representation of the preserve’s uniqueness and the quilter’s skill.” Visitors to the Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany, are asked to weigh in on their favorite quilt by voting for the winner of the People’s Choice award.

For more details, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655.

The 3,200+ – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent ecosystem provides habitat for many plants and animals and supports 63 New York State-designated wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The APBP is a National Natural Landmark, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site, a New York State Unique Area, Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is a public-private partnership created by the NYS Legislature in 1988 to protect and manage the APBP and provide the public with educational and recreational opportunities.

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art “green” certified interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

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Pine Bush Travelers (4)ALBANY, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will be celebrating New York State Path Through History Weekend with Tales from the Taverns on June 18, 2016 and Legends and Lore on June 19, 2016. Path Through History Weekend is organized by I Love New York and highlights the history of the state. “Both of these programs will highlight the fascinating history of the Albany Pine Bush” said Education Program Manager Sara Poggi-Decker. “If you’re curious about some of the lesser known aspects of Pine Bush history then these programs will be a fun and exciting learning opportunity for you,” she continued.

The Albany Pine Bush has a very rich history and these programs will transport participants back in time to discover some of the fascinating details. The Tales from the Taverns program will be held on Saturday June 18th from 4:00pm-6:00pm at C.H. Evans Brewing Company at The Albany Pump Station. This Program will highlight stories about historic taverns that once hosted travelers passing through the Pine Bush and the types of beer that might have been found in the taverns. Speakers include Craig Gravina of the Albany Ale Project and John Gearing a noted historian on Schenectady County.

Pump Station logo“C.H. Evans Brewing Co. has deep roots in local history, as we began production in Hudson in 1786. We enjoy our current location at the Albany Pump Station where we are able to combine our passion for local history, great food and craft beer in a building which is listed on the National Historic Registry. We are pleased to help keep the history of the area alive and well,” said Neil Evans, owner of C.H. Evans Brewing Co.

The Albany Pump Station, completed in 1895 to pump water from the Hudson River under Clinton Avenue and to Bleecker Reservoir, will provide an excellent backdrop while participants sip C.H. Evans Brewing Company beer. Savory hors d’ oeuvres, one complimentary Evan’s Ale pint or soda, private room with cash bar, and free Albany Pine Bush pint glass will be provided with the purchase of a ticket. This program is recommended for adults. Tickets for this program can be purchased at www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events and are $20 per person.

The Legends and Lore program will take place on Sunday June 19th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm at the at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Road, Albany and will include a 0.9 mile walk over rolling sand dunes. Fraught with tales of burglary, ghosts, fire and more this program will highlight the human history of the Pine Bush. The program is recommended for ages 8+ and is $3.00/person, $5.00/family. Pre-registration is required for all programs. For more information and to sign up visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events or call 518-456-0655.

Begin your day at the Albany Visitors Center
on a guided tour in search of city parks and hidden gardens. Meander the streets with your guide, enjoying stories about Albany’s colorful history and varied architecture. Along the way, you will uncover gems of greenery and how Albany uses flowers and other foliage to add greater depth to our beautiful City. 2:00pm $5 per person; reservations required at www.eventbrite.com/e/secret-city-gardens-tickets-22578141830

 

Wendy @ 7:53 am

Albany Pine Bush pine barrensALBANY, NY – In March 2016, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area officially designated the Albany Pine Bush as a Heritage Site. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission chose the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their annual Lupine Fest to celebrate the high honor by unveiling a new National Park Service Passport Cancellation Station in the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center.

Christopher Hawver, Commission Executive Director, said, “This important national recognition further substantiates the Albany Pine Bush as a globally-rare treasure with unique geology and ecology. It also gives us an opportunity to focus on the incomparable cultural and historical Hudson River Heritage experience that the Pine Bush provides.”APB Discovery Center National Parks Cancellation StationThe Albany Pine Bush was selected because of its unique combination of outstanding ecological (pitch pine – scrub oak barrens) features and its rich human history which starts with Native Americans who settled in this area almost 10,000 years ago. The Mohawks and Mahicans sold the furs they harvested from the Pine Bush to Europeans at Fort Orange, present day Albany. Both settlers and Native Americans used the “Mohawk Path” later named the Kings Highway, as a travel corridor through the Pine Bush. For centuries the Albany Pine Bush has provided resources of many different kinds for people. It provided land for farms, sand for glass manufacturing, trees for lumber and posts and was a place for hunting and food gathering.

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, said, “The Albany Pine Bush Preserve connects people to an amazing and rare ecosystem to educate the public on environmental issues and also provides unique recreational opportunities. The Pine Bush Preserve is a great place for people to learn about natural history, both in the educational center and also along the miles of recreational trails.”

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 1996 and is one of the now forty-nine federally-recognized National Heritage Areas throughout the United States. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area collaborates with residents, government agencies, non-profit groups and private partners to interpret, preserve and celebrate the nationally-significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley. In this way, they encourage public stewardship for these resources as well as economic activity at the local and regional level. The Heritage Area is managed by the Hudson River Valley Greenway.
To improve awareness of these resources, they have established a network of designated Heritage Sites, classified by theme and amenities. This network helps to better interpret the individual sites and also helps to better interpret the “big picture” story of the entire region and how those individual sites have worked together to shape our national history.

Hawver said, “This prestigious designation, along with the opportunity for the Pine Bush to participate in the National Park Service Passport to Your National Parks program, will draw attention to the remarkable story the Pine Bush has to tell, and its many unfolding layers of amazing facts.” The National Park Service Passports and new Cancellation Station will be located in the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center Gift Shop.

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