###Contact: Mark Castiglione, (518) 473-3835
September Event Celebrates Cultural Landscape Albany, N.Y. - The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Hudson River Valley Greenway and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program is encouraging residents of the Hudson Valley and beyond to get ready for the 11th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble, scheduled for September 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, 2010. The Ramble offers the opportunity for participants to enjoy guided walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the significant historical, cultural and natural resources found throughout the Hudson River Valley. Events are offered for every ability level and most are free. For more information about registering your event as part of the Ramble, please call the Greenway at (518) 473-3835. Ramble event information will be posted on the web at http://www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com/ and http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/. "In 2009, over 200,000 people participated in Ramble events and we expect a great turnout again this year," said Mark Castiglione, Acting Director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway. "If it's September, then it's time to Ramble. The Ramble embodies the spirit of "geotourism" and is part of a sustainable economy that embraces and celebrates our natural and cultural resources. The event provides people of all ages an opportunity to experience the cultural landscape of the Hudson River Valley by hiking a trail, visiting an historic site or paddling on the river." All Ramble events are led by naturalists, ecologists, historians, geologists and trained volunteers from participating groups, which include nearly 200 environmental, land conservation, trail groups, heritage sites and historic preservation organizations. The Hudson River Estuary program is the primary event partner for the Ramble and sponsors the event each year. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program leads a regional partnership to restore the tidal waters of the Hudson and the surrounding valley that forms the estuary watershed. Its mission is to conserve the region's world-renowned heritage of fish, wildlife, streams and scenery and to provide places for people to use and enjoy them. In celebration of National Estuaries Day, the Ramble features numerous Estuary Events designed to help celebrate and highlight the important coastal habitat of the Hudson River Estuary. Fran Dunwell, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Coordinator said, "This is a great opportunity for people to connect with nature in our beautiful river valley." Mary Kay Vrba, Director of Dutchess County Tourism, said, "The Hudson Valley Ramble is a great way to experience all the Hudson Valley has to offer. A short walk to hear about the Hudson River school of painters, a hike in the greatest of all places in the Gunks, or a relaxing stroll along the majestic Hudson. The Ramble offers it all but you can't do in a day, so book your over night and enjoy our restaurants who feature local products on their menu and end the evening with a great Hudson Valley wine." The Hudson River Valley Ramble is sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA). The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded through the National Park Service and Department of the Interior. The mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation. The Hudson River Valley Greenway is the management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Visit www.hudsonrivervalley.com for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Visit http://www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/ for more information on the Greenway Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html for more information on the Hudson River Estuary Program.