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2nd Annual Water Chestnut Pull at the Johnsonville Dam on the Hoosic River: Volunteer Day
Saturday, June 25 • Help needed anytime between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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The water chestnuts have invaded the boat launch on the Hoosic River just above the Johnsonville Dam! Join us to learn more about this plant and be part of a multi-year control effort. Workday will be from 9-5. If you only have part of the day or 2 hours we can use your energy.  Lunch and snacks provided. If you have a rowboat, kayak, or canoe, please bring them. A limited supply of waders will also be available. Co-sponsored by Brookfield Renewables, the Hoosic River Watershed Association, and the Johnsonville Fire Department Explorer Post. To register, contact Kristina Younger at (518) 527-6577 or e-mail.

 

 

 

Hudson Undammed, Public Engagement Event
Saturday, July 9 • 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

The Rensselaer Land Trust and SUNY-ESF are offering a workshop on July 9 in Troy on the impacts of dams in Hudson River tributaries, the benefits of removing dams to allow eels and herring to travel upstream, and the public’s attitude toward dam removal. This workshop will include a visit to the Wynants Kill, including an electrofishing demonstration and hike, and optional wading. 

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Would you like to help with our Conservation Plan for Rensselaer County?
The Rensselaer Land Trust is starting a two-year project to inventory, map, and assess the natural resources, natural features, and valued open space of Rensselaer County, which will result in a Conservation Plan that will guide the Land Trust’s land protection activities to those areas that contribute the most to the County’s ecological health and environmental quality of life.

We are looking for volunteers for the Technical Advisory Committee and for the Project Steering Committee.

The Land Trust will be hiring consultants to conduct much of the work, supplemented by volunteer work of Directors and members. We are forming two committees to guide the overall project and to oversee the consultants’ work. The Technical Advisory Committee will plan and review the technical methods we use in the GIS mapping, analysis, and interpretation of the data we gather. We are looking for people with knowledge of natural history, science, natural resources, land planning, environmental science, or GIS.

The Project Steering Committee will guide the overall progress of the project, and be the liaison between the Technical Committee and the Board. No technical expertise required. Particularly desired are people with experience with managing projects or Interest or experience in planning or presenting public workshops and meetings.

We are looking for volunteers willing to commit to attending meetings and reviewing materials; and/or helping plan and present public workshops where we will invite people to tell us about the special places that they value in Rensselaer County.

Read more about the project by downloading the project description document here. If you are interested, or would like to explore how you can help, e-mail Nick Conrad or call 518-279-1963.

 
Rensselaer Land Trust Receives Two New York State Conservation Partnership Program Grants PDF Print
Sunday, May 1, 2016 8:44 pm

Rensselaer Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has received two NYS Conservation Partnership Program Grants this year for a total of $47,500. The NYS Conservation Partnership Program is funded by the state's Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

The Rensselaer Land Trust will use a $40,000 Conservation Catalyst Grant to complete its first county-wide, strategic land conservation assessment, with input and collaboration from municipalities, community groups, land trusts, and residents. This project will identify and map priority wildlife habitat, water resources and scenic values, and will include public workshops and community outreach.

A $7,500 Conservation Transaction Grant will support the expansion of the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve by 26.5 acres. The popular Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve in Nassau includes four miles of trails and provides opportunities for hiking, fishing, nature viewing, snowshoeing and skiing, and is a favorite destination for local geocachers.

"Land trusts continue to make a difference in local communities, maximizing public and private dollars to protect and preserve our state's natural resources for generations to come," said DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Through partnerships like these, the Environmental Protection Fund provides critical support for many environmental and open space programs, generating revenue, creating jobs, and ensuring a cleaner and healthier New York."

Recent research underscores how New York's investment in land conservation and open space boosts property values, supports local businesses, saves taxpayer dollars and protects public health. A 2011 study by the Trust for Public Land found that every dollar of investment from New York's Environmental Protection Fund generates $7 in total economic benefits from tourism, reduced government costs and public health.

Rensselaer Land Trust’s mission is to conserve the open spaces, watersheds and natural habitats of Rensselaer County, for the benefit of our communities and future generations.

 
Shop and Support your local Land Trust! PDF Print
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 10:56 pm

 

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Blank Note Card Set of 12. Five different beautiful native flowers and one native fungi photo.
Flower Photos by Rensselaer Land Trust's member Trix Niernberger and Mushroom Photo by Rensselaer Land Trus't Executive Director Christine Young.
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Blank Note Card Set of 12. Four different stunning snow and ice photos by
Rensselaer Land Trust's member Trix Niernberger.
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