Today marks Scenic Hudson’s 55th anniversary. On this day in 1963, six citizens determined to halt a proposed hydroelectric project from defacing Storm King Mountain met in the kitchen of writer Carl Carmer. They not only established our organization but ignited America’s modern grassroots environmental movement.
Thanks in large part to your dedication and extraordinary efforts, both are still going strong.
Our founders recognized the enormous benefits that people receive from the Hudson Valley’s world-class natural beauty. Since Scenic Hudson’s hard-won victory at Storm King, we’ve continued to enhance these benefits by protecting more than 40,000 acres of land and creating or enhancing over 65 parks and preserves. Fittingly, we marked this anniversary year by conserving another Hudson Highlands landmark—Scofield Ridge—which is visible from Storm King’s summit.
At the same time, our expertise in engaging and mobilizing citizens has enabled us to achieve great success in halting threats to the Hudson River and communities along it—and has earned us national recognition for the effectiveness of our innovative strategies.
In his excellent book about the Hudson River, Carl Carmer writes, "The time will come—the people have dreamed it—when the river running down from its high source among the ancient rocks will ripple beside green parks and winding level roads all of its way to the tall gray city at its mouth.”
I’m so grateful for all you do to carry on the legacy of Scenic Hudson’s founders and turn this dream into reality.