EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: I LOVE MY PARK DAY
On Saturday, May 4th, SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps members and volunteers across New York State will engage in service projects at their local state parks and historic sites in celebration of the 2nd annual I Love MY Park Day. Choose your park and register to volunteer at the following link (http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/). And please spread the word to friends and family!
5-month positions with SCA Hudson Valley starting in April and May!
Starting May 28th, 2013
Our members serve at 23 different sites throughout the Hudson Valley region, from Saratoga Springs to New York City. On a day-to-day basis SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps members work on a wide variety of projects; ranging from teaching elementary students in an After School Conservation Club about the Hudson River, to tromping around streams in the Catskill Park surveying large woody debris. SCA Hudson Valley members hail from all over North America and each have a unique background that has catapulted them into conservation service. The one common denominator among our Corps is an enthusiasm for learning about the environment, for getting things done in our communities, and having fun doing it! The entire group gathers each month to participate in trainings, service projects, and celebrations.
SCA Service Project with Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District and NYC Department of Environmental Protection
September 15-17, 2010
On September 15-17, 2010, approximately 25 members of the SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps program came together in Prattsville, NY with Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District (GCSWCD) and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help restore an eroding section of the Schoharie Creek and protect water quality. This 3-day service project involved planting trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plugs, and installing streambank soil bioengineering treatments to help re-vegetate the riparian buffer zone. This project was undertaken as part of NYC DEP’s efforts to preserve the high quality of New York City’s drinking water supply source (Catskill streams) in lieu of constructing a muli-billion-dollar drinking water filtration plant.
This riparian buffer planting project was primarily organized by Robyn Worcester, Education & Outreach SCA intern with Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District. She was inspired to undertake this project after attending a 2-day DEP-sponsored training on Streambank Soil Bioengineering in April, 2010. Robyn also had help from other SCA interns Erin Burton, Jenine Tobey, and Ann Pedtke, who each lead work stations during the project. Erin lead the rip rap interplanting station, and she and the other SCA members succeeded in installing 2,000 willow tublings into 18,600 square feet of rip rap. Jenine was the leader responsible for the installation of bioengineering treatments. She and the other SCA members installed 15 fascines (255 linear feet), 8 vertical bundles (64 linear feet), and 400 live stakes in order to protect the streambank from erosion. Ann was responsible for overseeing the tree and shrub planting. She and the SCA interns planted 4,000 trees in the 4.85 acre streamside planting area. SCA members also planted 960 herbaceous plugs during this service project.
In addition to the amazing amount of work that the SCA members accomplished during this service project, there were also several training/learning opportunities. Dave Burns from the NYC DEP Stream Management Program gave an introductory presentation on the NYC water supply and its associated water quality preservation programs. In addition, Robyn Worcester gave an introductory presentation on the streambank soil bioengineering techniques that would be used during the service project. SCA members also were able to visit a stream restoration site that was completed in 2007 to see what a restoration project looks like several years after planting. Joel DuBois, GCSWCD program specialist, showed SCA members around the site, and talked about the project and the restoration techniques that were used. Finally, SCA members also got to learn about the history behind the Civilian Conservation Corps from Diane Galusha, Communications Director of the Catskill Watershed Corporation. This talk was especially appropriate because SCA members camped at North/South Lake Campground, which was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Robyn’s Experience Organizing the Service Project:
I enjoyed organizing this service project very much. I was glad that I had several months between having the project accepted by SCA (April) and the project date (Sept 15-17), since I had never organized a large, multi-day service project before. This gave me plenty of time to make sure that I took care of every angle. I wanted to be involved in as many aspects of the project as I could, so I worked with Joel DuBois and Laura Weyeneth (both GCSWCD employees) on the project’s planting plan and design. I also had help from my supervisor, Josh Gorman, during the planning process. He checked in with me frequently to make sure that everything was on-track and going well. I also received advice from NYC DEP employees Dave Burns and Jenn Grieser during my planning process. Receiving support and assistance from all these different sources was generally very helpful, though occasionally I found it hard to reconcile everyone’s differing opinions (mostly on the planting plan, how many trees to deliver, what potted stock to use, etc.).
All in all, I’m extremely glad that I got to organize this SCA service project. Practically the entire GCSWCD office came out to support me as the project drew close and we needed to prep and stage the planting area. We had about 3 weeks’ worth of prep (delivering trees, digging holes, watering trees, cutting willow material, etc.) to get the project site ready for the SCA planting. This was a great bonding opportunity for me with the other GCSWCD employees, and helped the service project go very smoothly. Communicating with SCA throughout my planning process also went very well, and the SCA Service Project Handbook made it very easy for me to complete all the necessary pre-project paperwork. I feel extremely proud of myself for organizing such a large service project, and I’m very pleased with how smoothly the project and planning stages went, and how much work we were able to accomplish.
Created in 1999, the Hudson Valley AmeriCorps Program is dedicated to recognizing, preserving and interpreting the nationally significant historical, cultural and natural resources of New York’s Hudson Valley. The region is home to 2.5 million residents, 5 National Historic Sites, 58 National Historic Landmarks, 89 historic districts, and over 1,000 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps program provides five and ten-month internships spanning multiple conservation disciplines across the Hudson Valley region. Members work one-on-one alongside conservation
professionals at state agency and non-profit sites throughout the region.
Throughout their internships, members receive advanced training in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, and Wilderness First Aid Certification, members also receive trainings in various conservation fields, including:
- Watershed Management
- Biodiversity Monitoring
- Environmental Education
- Ecology and Natural history
- Invasive Species Management
The Hudson Valley AmeriCorps engages citizens from more than 40 communities across the Hudson Valley each year through trainings, presentations, work projects, and school programs. This service is made possible through partnerships with a variety of community-based and regional organizations, and other non-profit including:
- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
- NYC Department of Environmental Protection
- The Nature Conservancy - Eastern New York Chapter
- The Fresh Air Fund’s Sharpe Reservation
- New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
- Scenic Hudson, Inc.
- Vassar College
- The Clearwater
- Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
- Cornell Cooperative Extension - Ashokan Stream Management Program
- The Huyck Preserve
- The U.S. Green Building Council - New York Upstate Chapter
- Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Sustainable Hudson Valley
- Women's Studio Workshop
- Highlands Environmental Research Institute
- and many more...