Bird & Beans Coffee Supports Rensselaer Land Trust PDF Print

  Rensselaer Land Trust has a new exciting partnership with Birds & Beans Coffee, a Massachusetts-based BBlogofinal2retailer that specializes in shade-grown coffee certified “Bird Friendly®” by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. This certification means that Birds & Beans is 100%–organic and shade-grown coffee. Every time you order their delicious coffee and use a zip code within RLT’s service area* a portion of the sales will be donated to Rensselaer Land Trust.

Special Rensselaer Land Trust Membership Offer When you Purchase BIrds & Beans Coffee!

If you purchase Birds & Beans Coffee now through December 31, 2013 and you are not already a member of Rensselaer Land Trust you will receive a complimentary membership.

Birds & Beans’ goal is to make sure that people who enjoy coffee and care about sustainability can get great coffee. When you drink Birds & Beans Coffee you will be preserving habitat for our local birds at their wintering areas, supporting small organic coffee farmers and Rensselaer Land Trust. This is a win-win opportunity for everyone!

Birds and Beans coffee can be ordered online; and delivered to your door.  


 * Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Columbia, or Berkshire Counties.


Robert Ingalls Ribbon Cutting Ceremony PDF Print
Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:00 pm

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Senator Kathleen Marchione and County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino join Rensselaer Land Trust and supporters at the Robert Ingalls Preserve in Stephentown for the ribbon cutting ceremony in memory of Robert Ingalls.

On Saturday, July 20, 2013 more than 30 community members gathered at Rensselaer Land Trust’s Robert Ingalls Preserve in Stephentown for an official ribbon cutting ceremony in memory of Robert Ingalls.

During the ceremony, Christine Young, Rensselaer Land Trust’s Executive Director, reflected on Robert Ingalls’ years of dedication to the land trust as Vice-President and a long-time board member who served on multiple committees to aid in the land trust’s success. “He touched the lives of many us through his generous and humble spirit and extensive knowledge of plants and the land of the region–he is greatly missed,” said Ms. Young.

Nick Conrad, Rensselaer Land Trust’s President, spoke about the Robert Ingalls Preserve’s history and plans for the future. Ingalls Preserve is a permanently protected 30-acre property, which was donated to Rensselaer Land Trust in November 2009 by New York City resident Mrs. Barbara Goldberg. The land came to the land trust littered with heaps of trash, tires, and couches. It took several work days and many hands of dedicated volunteers to get the land cleaned-up. Each year there will be an annual clean-up workday to keep the preserve pristine for the natural habitat and visitors. Recently there was a one-mile loop trail cleared and marked, with plans to expand the trail system in the future. Last fall a small parking area was installed and this past spring an informational kiosk was built by dedicated volunteers. The preserve is now open to the public for hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and birding. Conrad explained that Black Brook, a native brook trout spawning stream, flows through the preserve’s scenic ravine, which is located on the Rensselaer Plateau, one of Rensselaer Land Trust’s priority areas for land conservation in Rensselaer County.

Senator Kathleen Marchione and County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino attended the heartfelt ceremony in support of Rensselaer Land Trust’s work to conserve open space and natural habitat in Rensselaer County. Each addressed the crowd sharing their enthusiasm for preserving green space in Rensselaer County. County Executive Jimino commented on the importance of and need for green space that is open to the public in Rensselaer County and she is thankful that Rensselaer Land Trust is making this possible through their work.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Rensselaer Land Trust presented Naomi Ingalls, Robert Ingalls’ wife, with a small token of one of the Preserve’s survey markers mounted on beautiful slab of wood that was cut into the shape of Rensselaer County. Sally Ingalls, Robert Ingalls’ mother, did the honors and cut the ribbon, inviting attendees down the trail to the serene Black Brook, where a bench inscribed “Look Deep into Nature…” has been installed. The bench, made of recycled soda bottles, is a generous gift of Jean and Bob Poppei, long-time friends of the Ingalls family, and is an ideal way to remember Robert Ingalls.

Rensselaer Land Trust encourages the public to get out and enjoy this beautiful piece of Rensselaer County, located at the intersection of Horse Heaven and Garfield Nassau Road.

Community Comes Together to Cleanup Preserve PDF Print


Assemblyman John T. McDonald III and Troy City Councilmen Ken Zalewski and Rodney Wiltshire join  Rensselaer Land Trust
Capital District Community Gardens for a community volunteer cleanup day at the John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve in Troy.

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, 40 volunteers joined Rensselaer Land Trust, Capital District Community Gardens' Produce Project and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for a stream and preserve cleanup at the John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve along the Wynants Kill.

The project was a culmination of CDCG's Produce Project's Foodshed to Watershed Educational Program, a hands-on, environmental education curriculum. The Produce Project is a job-skills training program that involves underprivileged high school youth in horticultural practice on an urban farm in Troy. The students led the day's volunteer efforts, and together with the community they planted 300 trees along the stream, removed trash, installed the preserve's sign and kiosk and spread mulch at Capital District Community Gardens' new Preserve Community Garden.

"This TogetherGreen project provided a unique opportunity for Capital District Community Gardens and the Rensselaer Land Trust to build upon our existing partnership," said Capital District Community Gardens' Executive Director Amy Klein. "By bringing together community volunteers and students from CDCG's Produce Project we were able to make improvements to both the preserve habitat and our community garden, while providing the students with an opportunity to experience and explore a local natural place."

Sharing their remarks at the event, Assemblyman John T. McDonald III, Troy City Councilmen Ken Zalewski and Rodney Wiltshire and Scott Wells of NYSDEC each expressed their gratitude for the community members who dedicate themselves to the protection of Rensselaer County's green spaces through volunteerism.

One Rensselaer Land Trusts' goals in hosting a stream and preserve clean up event is to give the community an opportunity to further gain an appreciation for Rensselaer County's beautiful green spaces," said Rensselaer Land Trust's Executive Director Christine Young. "Saturday was a great opportunity to introduce community members of all ages and several of Rensselaer County's elected officials to our unique 23-acre urban preserve and we could not be happier with our partnership with Capital District Community Gardens."

The Foodshed to Watershed program was supported in-part through TogetherGreen, a National Audubon program funded by Toyota. TogetherGreen supports community based programs that promote leadership, conservation and diversity in the environmental movement. Trees were provided by the DEC's Saratoga Tree Nursery.

View photos from this event here.

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