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Canoe Trip at Iona Island with Rockland Municipal Planning Federation


When: July 23, 2012 & August 21, 2012
Where: Iona Island- Off of Route 9W in Bear Mountain State Park

The Rockland Municipal Planning Federation is pleased to announce that it will be hosting TWO FREE canoe trips and educational sessions at Iona Island, led by a naturalist from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Participants will paddle through the freshwater marsh, nestled in the Hudson Highlands, and learn about the importance of the wetland and its flora and fauna. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about tidal marsh ecology, Hudson River research, and challenges facing estuarine habitats.

Trips average about 3.5 hours, including orientation and paddling instruction. No experience is necessary. Canoes, paddles, and safety gear are provided. Heavy rain or thunderstorms will cancel the trip; light drizzle will not. Space is limited to the first 22 registrants! It is recommended that each person bring a picnic lunch, drinks, hat, and sunscreen. Casual clothing and water shoes are recommended, as your feet/legs may get wet getting into and out of the canoes. Bathing suits are also suggested as during our break you could take a dip. All Federation members are welcome to attend. Due to space limitations, no non-Federation members or guests will be able to attend. First preference will be given to those members who have not yet been on the canoe trip. This course will count towards the required 4 hour of annual training for planning board and zoning board of appeals members.

Please RSVP to either Arlene Miller at (845) 364-3448; of the Rockland County Planning Department. RSVPs are a MUST for the trip!


Second Multi-State Marcellus Shale Academic Research Conference  


When: May 30-31, 2012
Where: Moon Township, PA

On May 30-31, academic researchers from multiple institutions will convene the second Multi-State Marcellus Shale Academic Research Conference in Moon Township, PA.  This conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers to explore the impacts and technical aspects of unconventional natural gas exploration and production.

The intent of this year’s conference is to offer participants the opportunity to identify gaps in current Marcellus-related research, prioritize research agendas and determine ways to advance these agendas through proposals and projects. Participants will select to join one of four Working Groups: Changing Communities, Changing Environment, Changing Landscape, and Policy Environment. A special session on research wells (designing experiments, identifying protocols, exploring opportunities) also is planned.

Information about the conference can be found at Early registration ends Friday, May 4.



Big Plans - Bold Innovations - Bright Future
RPA's 22nd Annual Regional Assembly


When: April 27, 2012 (8:00AM - 5:00PM)
Where: Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, NY, NY

Each spring, Regional Plan Association's Regional Assembly brings together 1,000 civic and business leaders to discuss major issues affecting the prosperity and quality of life in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region. The conference is the premier opportunity for participants to discuss and debate approaches the tri-state region should take to expand our economy and sustainably meet our needs for housing, employment and transportation. This year's event, Big Plans * Bold Innovations * Bright Future, will include an unprecedented gathering of leaders of some of the world's biggest transit systems. We'll also be discussing hot topics such as the redevelopment of the Javits Center site and Cornell's plans to build a technology campus on Roosevelt Island. Other sessions will look at new options in urban energy efficiency, innovations in transit funding and the challenges of meeting the nation's fast-evolving housing needs. View the program and register at

Contact Amanda Kennedy:



New York Planning Federation
2012 Conference


When: April 15-17, 2012
Where: Saratoga Springs, NY

This year's conference offers several programs related to urban and/or downtown issues, each focusing on a different concern for municipal boards and professional planners. These include "Designing Urban Bikeways," "Multi-Generational Design in Community Planning," "Context Sensitive Design," "Developing a Viable Downtown" and "Public Health Considerations in Community Design."

Click here for a conference registration form.

CM and CLE credits are requested.



Pratt Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development's
Spring 2012 Lecture Series!


For a full schedule/details, please see:

All events will be held at Pratt Manhattan 144 West 14th Street room 213 (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

All lectures are free and open to the public! Please RSVP to