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Upper Delaware Scenic byway bestows 2020 grants

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) non-profit organization distributed a total of $11,765 for four projects through its three available grant programs in 2020.

On March 23, the UDSB board approved a $220 “Signage along the Byway Grant” to the Barryville United Methodist Church to create a collection of signs and a banner that promote the church’s thrift store targeted to visitors of the adjacent, seasonal Barryville Farmers’ Market. A 50% match was provided through in-kind services.

On April 27, the first “Promoting Butterflies on the Byway Grant” went to the Hancock Community Education Foundation at $555 for its $1,110 project to create a kid-friendly butterfly way station at the Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve & Science Center.

On July 27, $10,000 was approved for The Delaware Company, Inc. through an “Enhancing Scenic Vistas Grant” to extend a riverside path along NYS Route 97 from the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River’s Towpath Trail at the end of Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct in Minisink Ford a half-mile to the Highland River Access featuring the Barbara Yeaman Eagle Observation Blind on property owned by the New York State Department of Transportation.

On September 28, the Trust for Public Land secured a $990 “Promoting Butterflies on the Byway Grant” for two presentations on the importance of creating pollinator habitat that included a giveaway of locally-sourced native perennial plants from Hickory Grove Nursery during its October 10 River Harvest Day at the future Callicoon Riverside Park.

For more information and application guidelines for these grant programs, please visit www.upperdelawarescenicbyway.org.

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