We need your help.
A very generous donor has offered a challenge grant; he will match all donations up to $10,000.
Please donate and help us meet our goal! Visit
A few things we have been working on:
The completion of construction on 1.5 miles of trail between the hamlet of Hillsdale and Black Grocery Road. This $600,000 project was the first actual trail building our association has done. $375,000 of the cost was covered by a NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grant and the balance was raised from you, our loyal and generous community of supporters.
We have been awarded three grants that will help us move the trail forward. These grants all require matching funds, your donation will help us secure the funds to move these projects along.
The largest will provide us with funding to do the engineering and permitting for a trail connection between Orphan Farm Meadow and Black Grocery Road. The big issue here, of course, is how to design a crossing of Route 22. Thanks to New York’s EPF for providing 75% of the cost of this work.
We received another EPF grant of nearly $100,000 to design and create an outdoor informational display about water ecology, habitat and the importance of wetlands. We will need to raise an equal amount for the local match for this grant. The display will be located on a double-wide railroad bridge in the Village of Millerton that will be part of the trail when Dutchess County does trail construction between Millerton and Under Mountain Road in 2018 and 2019.
We received third grant from the New York Parks and Trails. This organizational development grant has allowed us to hire an additional staff person, to assist our Executive Director in outreach to our members, volunteer coordination, work on the outdoor classroom more of a social media presence and much more.
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