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Photographs for Voices Album, Tom Rush 2017

Join Rensselaer Land Trust and singer-songwriter Tom Rush for a live benefit concert as we commemorate the first Earth Day and the passage of national legislation on clean air, water, and land. 

Event Details
Sunday, June 12, 2022
2:00 pm: Doors Open/Cash Bar
3:00 pm: Concert begins
Brown’s Brewing Company • Revolution Hall • 425 River Street, Troy, NY. Brown’s Brewing Company’s Troy Taproom (next door) will be open for dining reservations from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tom Rush, now celebrating 52+ years of touring, has been thrilling audiences with hits like No Regrets, Circle Game, Remember Song, Urge for Going, and Merrimack County. Tom’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks have cited Tom as major influences. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor. Subsequently, his Club 47 concerts brought attention to artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin. As vital and engaging as ever, Tom is still doing what audiences love him for: writing and playing ...passionately, tenderly...knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times.

Listen to a sampling of his music HERE.

“Tom Rush has made his reputation as a soft-spoken, powerful interpreter of traditional songs.” The New York Times

“Never miss a chance to see Tom Rush live. He’s got that rare one-of-a-kind quality that makes you realize you’ve seen somebody who really matters.” Exclaim Magazine, Toronto Canada

Purchase Tickets HERE

 Benefit Event Ticket Options
• $100 per person 
• $1,000 table sponsorship (includes five tickets)
• $400: Socially-distanced pods of four tickets are available (all four tickets must be purchased together)
• $1,000 business sponsorship (includes five tickets, promotion on signage, program, and Rensselaer Land Trust website)

Purchasing tickets in support of Rensselaer Land Trust is deductible less $65 per attending guest.

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Special Thanks To our Event Sponsor.
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Message from the President

bob Crowley

I’ve now had the pleasure of being President of your Land Trust for two years and have been pondering the one most important message I want to share with you in this Annual Report. The background for this comes from a list of accomplishments we generated to prepare our video presentation for the virtual Annual Meeting. With just a first draft, we were at no less than 40 tangible accomplishments over the past year! We all know that RLT is involved in a wide range of conservation activities but I was really surprised at how many we found when we put them all in one place. So, what does all this have to do with my message?

The message I want to send is to amplify as much as I can that YOU made all the items on this list happen…you might not know much about some of the items, but YOU are responsible for their success.

And, taking that idea a bit farther, I want to encourage you also to amplify and let other people know what you, through your Land Trust, have achieved. You have provided support for years….. you’ve provided financial support…. you’ve responded as volunteers. Now, my most important message is for you to be sure and take credit for all you’ve achieved so far and will continue to accomplish in the future.   

Some of these accomplishments are large, some small… some readily visible and some behind the scenes, but they all are here now, and were not here before you, acting through your Land Trust, enabled these things to happen. So, when you read the Annual Report or receive our Emails or notice RLT mentioned in the news or view one of our informative videos, remember YOU made these things happen.

Along with success comes responsibility and in our case that takes the form of stewarding and maintaining the new properties we are engaged in. Our Year End Fundraising Campaign focuses on fulfilling this responsibility and I’m confident you will be generous with your support…after all….you always have.

Bob Crowley, RLT President


From the Executive Director


Like so many aspects of regular life, many of your land trust’s 2020 activities were cancelled due to health and safety concerns from COVID-19 pandemic. What wasn’t cancelled was RLT’s commitment to get people outdoors and into nature. We kept your much-needed nature preserves open and available for respite and recreation throughout the year – which turned out to be vital after so many recreation facilities closed to visitors. We thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these challenging times. And we especially thank the heroic front-line workers who have been keeping us safe these many months.

Despite the pandemic, 2020 saw us making more land available for open space, habitat protection, and climate change mitigation with the opening of the 45-acre Featherweald Preserve in Buskirk, the acquisition of 57-acre Palmer Road Preserve in Schodack, and just before year-end the opening of the Empire State Trail parking area, also in Schodack. All have since become great places to get outdoors. We also worked closely with municipal leaders to identify land conservation opportunities in their communities.

As always, we thank you for continuing to support land conservation in Rensselaer County in 2020. Through your financial donations, volunteer time, and enthusiasm you have shown us how important conservation is to you. We are grateful for the chance to do this important work on your behalf.

We look forward to seeing you out on the trails and invite you to ask questions, make suggestions, and otherwise let us know how we’re doing.

With gratitude,
John Winter


2020 Project Highlights

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2020 Financial Overview

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2021 Highlights

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2021 Annual Meeting Virtual Presenation

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Message from the President

bob CrowleyI’ve had the pleasure of serving as RLT President for almost a year and I must say, it has been quite an education in everything from Acquisition of land to running Zoom meetings. While that’s all been interesting, the most remarkable part of representing RLT is continuing to encounter a wider range of people committed to promoting conservation than I had ever imagined existed. Here are some examples of who I’m talking about: the Johnson family who graciously donated our Featherweald Nature Preserve; the Hudson Valley Greenway which RLT aided in developing the Albany Hudson Electric Trail; volunteers who devote every Wednesday to improving trails throughout the county; donors who entrust RLT with their thousands of dollars of financial support; community members who generously donate their weekends for everything from building bridges to painting houses to expanding parking lots; local government officials who see the value in RLT’s work; neighbors who (usually) enjoy and thank us for open spaces we maintain; donors who entrust RLT with fifty dollars of financial support; members of the former Schodack Area Land Trust who have joined forces with RLT and the list could go on and on…but I think you see my point.

Read more: 2020 Newsletter/2019 Annual Report

bob and john presentation
Due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns, we are holding our 2020 Annual Meeting online through a special video presentation. The 2020 Annual Meeting presentation is available starting today on our YouTube Channel, RLT's website, and Facebook.

This presentation includes:
  • An overview of RLT's 2019-2020 activities and looking forward presented by Bob Crowley, RLT Board President and John Winter, RLT Executive Director.
  • The 2020 Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Michael Jensen.
  • Virtual Woods and Water Walk of YOUR nature preserves.
Thank you to our members for the overwhelming response to our 2021 online board election. We are honored to present the following slate of elected Board of Directors for two year terms:
  • Joe Durkin
  • Sally Lawrence
  • Scott Morley
  • Kristina Younger
  • John Munn
  • Tom Phillips, Vice President

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