December 15, 2016 Meeting

December 15, 2016 Meeting

 Meeting Summary  

Welcome and introductions

  1. Ama Koenigshof, Trail Builder/Educator, NY-NJ Trail Conference

        Sustainable Trails: What makes a path resistant to the forces of erosion and misuse, and how to mitigate damage on existing trails. 

  • Ama Koenigshof has been building and managing trail systems for well over a decade and, as such, has a notable breadth of knowledge on the topic of sustainable trails. There are three pillars to sustainability: environment, economy, and equity (or social sustainability as it were). In the context of trail building and management, these pillars of sustainability are applied such that we look to minimize environmental impact; minimize construction, reconstruction and maintenance efforts and costs; and maximize the quality of experience for the user. Ama talked to us in detail about how these points might be considered and applied as we enjoy our existing trails and plan for future trails.

View Ama’s presentation HERE.

  1. Amy Kacala, Senior Planner, Scenic Hudson

Updates: Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail & the Beacon Line RFEI 

  • Amy Kacala continues to contribute greatly to key trail projects in the mid-Hudson region and, as well, to the programming at the Winnakee Dutchess Trails Roundtable. Amy presented the latest updates relevant to the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail – a monumental trail project that promises to connect the Town of Coldspring north to the City of Beacon (see more about the Fjord Trail HERE).
  • Amy also presented the latest developments relevant to the Metro Transit Authority’s Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) relevant to the future use of the Beacon Line. The Beacon Line is an underutilized rail corridor that runs west to east through Dutchess County, connecting the Hudson Line with the Harlem Valley Line, and that presents opportunity for trail and/or light-rail or tourist rail development. The RFEI had a number of respondents, the list of whom include a cooperatively drafted expression of interest put forward by the municipal bodies through which the Beacon Line runs, Dutchess County Planning, Dutchess County Department of Public Works, the Hudson River valley Greenway, and Scenic Hudson. Replies form MTA are anticipated.

View Amy’s presentation HERE.

  1. Gregg Swanzey, Executive Director, Winnakee Land Trust

Rhinebeck- Northern Dutchess Trail Feasibility Study

 Gregg Swanzey spoke briefly about Winnakee Land Trust’s Northern Dutchess Trail Study, highlighting some of the draft maps and data collection efforts that are underway and ultimately intended to provide some blueprint and working materials to aid in the development of the growing trail system in Northern Dutchess County. The trail study is expected to be complete by late March of 2017. Stay tuned to the Trails Roundtable and Winnakee’s website for developing information about this important trail study. Find out more about the trail study HERE.

 Local Project Updates, 2-min status reports

  1. Karl Beard, of the National Parks Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, took a fem minutes to talk about The National ParkRX Initiative: A community of practitioners advancing the use of parks and public lands to improve health and wellness among individuals and communities. Thre will be anumber of Park RX events throughout Dutchess County in 2017. For more information about The National ParkRx Initiative click HERE
  1. Upcoming Trails Roundtable Meeting – Please note change of venue:

When:  March 23, 2017  4PM – 5:30PM

Where:  The FDR Wallace Center

4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Presentation:   Jeff Olson, Principal, Alta Planning and Design

The Hudson River Valley Greenway GAPS Analysis, Key Data and Moving Forward

  1. Upcoming Rountable Presentations:
  • What are your ideas??
  • Dutchess Rail Line History: Regional Connections

Please email any suggested presentation topics to  OR


Our thanks to Land Trust Alliance NY for support through its Conservation Partnership Program.