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As of January 1, 2024, the Rensselaer Land Trust has merged with the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. For all questions regarding donations, events, land, or other matters, please visit or call 518-712-9211. For questions about the merger, use extension 101 to speak with Jim Bonesteel. You can expect a new name and logo for our merged organization by Spring / Summer 2024 and a new website by the end of the year!

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On Saturday, July 31, the Rensselaer Land Trust held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a boat launch built on conserved farm land along the Hoosic River between Buskirk and Eagle Bridge. The project was a team effort between the Land Trust and the state Department of Environmental Conservation with funding provided by the state Attorney General's Office through a settlement resulting from the 2001 Oak Mitsui chemical spill.

The site is a mile and a half east of Buskirk on Route 67.  It is open to rooftop boats only.  Many of the visitors took advantage of the fine weather to launch their kayaks and canoes to play on the river.  There was also a fly fishing competition.  The highlight of the ceremony was State Sen. Roy McDonald teaching Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino how to cast for fish.

Here are links to writeups about the event in the Troy Record and the Albany Times Union