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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

October 22, 2002


Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has approved a $20,000 matching grant award to the Forbus Butternut Association in the City of Poughkeepsie.  The award is being granted from the Dutchess County Open Space and Farmland Protection Matching Grant Program, which was established by County Executive Steinhaus in 1999 as a State of the County initiative, and supported by the Dutchess County Legislature. 

According to Mr. Steinhaus, “This example of cooperation and shared funding between the public and private sectors and between the County and the City of Poughkeepsie is exactly what I had in mind when I conceived the idea for the County’s Open Space Grant Program.”

“This particular project could not have been accomplished without the dedication of the members of the Forbus Butternut Association and support from the Norcross Foundation, Scenic Hudson, Inc., and the City of Poughkeepsie,” Steinhaus added.

The $20,000 award for the Forbus Butternut project is also recommended by the Dutchess County Planning Board and will complete funding for the purchase of three lots in the City of Poughkeepsie at the corner of Forbus and Grey Streets, the site of a tree considered to be the oldest butternut in the State of New York.  Additional funding for the acquisition includes a $32,750 grant from the State of New York Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and $10,000 from the City of Poughkeepsie.  The remainder of the purchase price was raised from private sources.

Joel Diemond, Chairman of the Dutchess County Planning Board, said: “The Forbus Butternut Association’s proposal has given us an opportunity to extend the benefits of the open space program to an urban setting, where the conservation of small resources can have as important an impact on the neighborhood as larger projects in more rural areas.“

The Forbus Butternut project is one of several open space proposals totaling more than 320 acres that have been approved for funding.  Others include $280,000 for acquisition of the 100-acre Greystone Property in the Town of Wappinger, $10,000 for a 41-acre parcel at Stissing Lake in the Town of Pine Plains, and $252,000 for Peach Hill, a 160-acre former orchard in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  Each of these projects will provide public access to parks and trails for Dutchess residents and visitors.  As part of the Open Space & Farmland Preservation Program, the Dutchess County Planning Board has also recommended awards for conservation easements on 644 acres of important farmland.   The Mead Orchards project in the Town of Red Hook has been completed; proposals for acquiring conservation easements on Pulver Farm in the Town of Pine Plains, and Silver Ledge Farm in the Town of East Fishkill are in process.

“I appreciate the work of Chairman Joel Diemond and the Dutchess County Planning Board in its deliberations and due diligence in reviewing and recommending projects for the county’s preservation program,” stated County Executive Steinhaus.

County Executive Steinhaus has forwarded the Forbus Butternut Association grant resolution to the County Legislature for its consideration in November.


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