April 6-8 | NY Statewide Preservation Conference
The 2017 Statewide Preservation Conference returns to the city of Rochester, April 6-8th. Downtown Rochester is undergoing a profound transformation, fueled in large part by historic preservation. Join us and experience the transformation for yourself! More Information
April 26 | Tupper Thomas Speaking Engagement & Olmsted's Birthday Party (Rochester)
Tupper Thomas, a renowned national expert in parks who restored Frederick Law Olmsted's Prospect Park in Brooklyn to its original glory, will be the featured speaker at the Highland Park Conservancy Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Ms. Join us to hear about her experiences, and to celebrate the legacy Olmsted has given to our community. Light refreshments will be served following the meeting to celebrate the anniversary of Olmsted's April 26th birthday.
2017 Events at a Glance
April 26&27 Advocacy Day (Washington DC)
April 28&29 Chapter Presidents Conference Midyear (Washington DC)
May 17 Lobby Day (Albany NY )
JUNE Turfgrass & Field Single Day Event (Stillwater, NY)
JULY Two-Day Field Session PDH Event
September 15 PARK(ing) Day - Integrated Thematic Full Day PDH
September 19 Advocacy Day (Ithaca)
October 6 Chapter Retreat (Tug Hill)
October 20-23 ASLA Annual Meeting (Los Angeles)
November ESF Graphics Workshop
Check out the NY Upstate Chapter March Newsletter
$2,000 Grant Opportunity for Emerging Landscape Architects
From 4/1/2017 through 4/30/2017, upcoming Landscape Architects can compete in ANOVA’s 2nd Annual Grant Competition for the opportunity to attend the 2017 ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Meeting in Los Angeles. Twenty-one winners will each be awarded $2,000 to help cover attendance, as well as receive national recognition.
How to win? Answer this question: Global climate change is impacting local conditions everywhere – how should Landscape Architects respond? Share your idea and submit a sketch for your chance to win. See full entry information at: http://www.anovafurnishings.com/2017LAGrant.
The grant is designated to accelerate individuals’ careers in Landscape Architecture and was created and funded by ANOVA, a leading manufacturer of outdoor furniture. Eric Gilbert, CEO of ANOVA, believes that education and sharing ideas drives personal growth, and attending the ASLA Annual Meeting will provide an exceptional opportunity for engagement, learning and networking.
DEC PROPOSES GUIDANCE DOCUMENT
RELATING TO LIVING SHORELINES
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the agency’s proposed guidance document that emphasizes natural and nature-based solutions to better protect New Yorkers and the state’s coastline and help guide communities to produce living shorelines in New York’s marine district. more info
Citizens and officials interested and affected by the Tidal Wetland Land Use Regulations may provide comments on this guidance document. All comments and questions on this guidance document should be forwarded to: Dawn McReynolds, Bureau of Marine Habitat, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 205 N. Belle Meade Road, E. Setauket, NY 11733 firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 8, 2017.
Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship
in Landscape Architecture 2017-18
The Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Kiley Fellow will be appointed Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the 2017-18 academic year. While the Kiley Fellowship is awarded competitively on an annual basis, successful Fellows are eligible to have their academic appointments renewed for a second year at the rank of Lecturer, dependent upon review of their teaching, research and creative practice.
This initiative is intended to recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work embodies the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Daniel Urban Kiley Fellowship builds upon the history of pedagogic innovation at the GSD as well as the century of leadership in landscape education within the Department of Landscape Architecture.
Deadline for receipt of applications: February 10, 2017
For details and more information, please visit Kiley Teaching Fellowship or send an email to: email@example.com.
Documented Historic Landscape Sent to Library of Congress
In November, 2016, the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects received notification from the National Park Service that our 2016 HALS Challenge entry (Warner Castle, Sunken Garden, HALS No. NY-10) was officially transmitted to the Library of Congress to become part of the permanent historic record. This effort was completed through a collaboration between the Rochester Section of NYU-ASLA and the Rochester Civic Garden Center. See document here
Continuing HALS in NY Upstate
The NY Upstate Chapter is committed to ramping up these efforts and carrying out documentations each year. Our chapter’s HALS liaison (Zakery Steele, ASLA) can provide technical guidance on preparing HALS documentations or help connect land owners, community groups, local governments, or non-profits to other historic professionals who can assist in documenting sites across the upstate region. Highly threatened historic landscapes may also be accessible to pro-bono or financial grant assistance to complete documentations. Please contact Zakery Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction Stormwater General Permit Modified to Require Use of Updated Blue Book
NYS DEC has modified the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity (GP-0-15-002) to require use of the recently updated (November 2016) New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control (Blue Book) for the selection, design, installation, implementation and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls required by GP-0-15-002. See:
The permit modification is dated November 23, 2016, but the requirement to use the updated Blue Book will not be effective until February 1, 2017 to provide a transition period for projects currently under design. For more information, view the November 23 Environmental Notice Bulletin.
NYS DEC ENB - Statewide Notices 11/23/2016
State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity
Permit No. GP-0-15-002
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has modified the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity (GP-0-15-002) to require the use of the recently updated New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control (Blue Book), dated November 2016; for the selection, design, installation, implementation and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls required by GP-0-15-002. The permit modification is dated November 23, 2016, however, the requirement to use the updated Blue Book will not be effective until February 1, 2017 to provide a transition period for projects currently under design.
A copy of the modified General Permit is available on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/43133.html.
If you have any questions, please contact David Gasper using the following contact information.
Contact: David Gasper, NYS DEC - Division of Water, Stormwater Permit Section, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3505, Phone: (518) 402-8114, E-mail: email@example.com.
2017 RFP: Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grants
Now accepting proposals: November – January 31, 2017
Webinar on Application & Process: – November 15, 2016
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), FedEx, Southern Company and Alcoa Foundation are pleased to solicit applications for the 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $2.5 million in grants nationwide.
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements including: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; and/or water quality monitoring and stormwater management; along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program.
Priority will be given to projects in urban, suburban and/or rural areas that advance water quality goals in environmental justice communities such as neighborhoods with high concentrations of minority and low-income populations. On behalf of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, EPA’s Urban Waters Program will give special consideration to project proposals that advance the priorities in the 19 Urban Waters Federal Partnership designated locations.
View details about and a map of these designated locations.
View the 2017 Request for Proposals.
FROM THE NYS DEC
Oak Wilt Found On Long Island
Residents Encouraged to Report Any Sudden Loses of Oak Tree Leaves during the Month of August...This is the second location in New York that oak wilt has been confirmed, the first being in Schenectady County in 2008 and 2013. more information (8/2/16)
Be on the look-out for oak wilt! More Info from the Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic... more
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