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Snowshoe Class at Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve
Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m.
(Bad weather date Sunday, February 21)
Want to gain confidence on your snowshoes? Learn the best techniques and see the beauty of the Land Trust's Kinderhook Creek in winter. Limited to 10 people. Cost $10 per person. Participants need to bring their own snowshoes. Class led by Adirondack Guide Fred McCagg. To register, e-mail Peter Wood or call (518) 766-5527.



The Failure of Markets: How We Have Changed Our Natural World
Thursday, March 17 • 6:00 p.m., East Greenbush Library
"The Failure of Markets" Dr. John Gowdy, RPI Professor of Environmental Economics, presents how changing human activity is affecting the natural world through the two major transitions in our relationship with nature: agriculture and fossil fuels. Free and open to the public.



Using Solar Energy Even If You Thought You Couldn't!
Thursday, March 24 • 7:00 p.m., East Greenbush Library
Solarize Troy brings you new information on how you can use solar energy to decrease energy cost and be part of the climate change solution even if your home is not appropriate for solar panels. More than ever putting solar panels on your roof is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. But if for whatever reason your home isn't suitable for on-site solar panels or if you're a renter, there are now options with a recent change in New York State. Homeowners and renters can now own a share of an off-site solar panel installation and get nearly the same benefit on their power bills as if the panels were installed on-site. This informative presentation will cover the "shared solar" option and answer your questions about solar panels, on-site or otherwise. Presenter Kevin Carpenter, a solar energy enthusiast for many years and DEC employee, has built both passive solar and photovoltaic solutions for his home. He has been a key member of the Solarize Troy 2014 and 2015 campaigns. Free and open to the public.



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

RLT Notecards winter webbanner

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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RLT Notecards Flowers Mushroom webbanner

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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Rensselaer Land Trust Opens Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve PDF Print
Monday, October 12, 2015 12:48 pm


On October 5, over 100 people attended the Rensselaer Land Trust's official opening of its Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve in East Nassau. The 73-acre preserve was created by donations of four properties from David and Lucy Gaskell, Bob and Jennifer Newton, the late Kenneth York, and the Edward W. Golden Foundation. David and Lucy, Bob and Jennifer, Ken York's three daughters, and Ted Guterman of the Golden Foundation opened the preserve not by cutting a ribbon, but by "cutting" a garland made with pine boughs. Remarks by the donors were highlighted by Wendy Brigg's touching remembrance of her father Ken York's love of nature. All the donating families share the same vision and love of their land and the desire to provide a natural place for both people and wildlife to enjoy forever. This new preserve is a good example of how land conservation by a private organization benefits the entire community.

Also presenting remarks at the opening event were David Fleming, Jr., Supervisor of the Town of Nassau, Mitch Levinn, Mayor of the Village of East Nassau, and Mike Moore, area representative of Governor Cuomo. Mike read a letter from Governor Cuomo which said in part, "The Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve is a wonderful addition to the community, incorporating a system of marked trails through picturesque wooded areas and highlighted by a half mile of shoreline along the Kinderhook Creek, a renowned trout stream. This is a meaningful day for the Nassau community and its local residents whose significant donations of land will be appreciated by future generations."

The preserve has four miles of trails, 1/2 mile of river frontage, steep hills, mature forest, and wildlife habitat. There is no charge to visit the preserve and Rensselaer Land Trust welcomes the public for fishing, hiking, skiing, geocaching, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and nature study.

Additional support for creating the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve and making it ready for public access came from the Town of Nassau, Greg Gaskell, and the New York Conservation Partnership Program, a partnership of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance.

The Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve is located at 300 Martha Hicks Road, Nassau, NY. More information, directions, and trail maps are available here.

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