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New Staff Member
Marcos Velazquez, Steward Coordinator

Marcos joined Rensselaer Land Trust on April 1, 2021 as our Stewardship Coordinator. This is a new position for us and reflects the need to comprehensively manage the maintenance of our growing number of nature preserves. Marcos will work part-time from April through September.

Marcos has previous land trust experience having served as Outreach Ambassador at the Clearwater Conservancy in State College, PA. After graduating from Penn State University in 2019, Marcos joined the Americorps VISTA Program in Troy. During his time with Americorps VISTA he participated as a community volunteer and discovered RLT through our events. Marcos also works at Seed Solar and Engineering, where he designs and installs residential and commercial solar energy systems.

In his free time Marcos enjoys being outside, playing basketball, and traveling.


 Expanding Parking at Featherweald Nature Preserve in Buskirk

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Featherweald Nature Preserve opened to the public in October 2020 and since then has become a very popular destination. So much so that we had to expand the parking there. In the past few weeks, our preserve stewards and neighbors Angelynn Cerridwen and Gary Sytsma, Marcos Velazquez, our new Stewardship Coordinator (see above), and RLT Board President Bob Crowley, added a new parking area next to the white cottage in the lower part of the preserve. They also added new signage. We thank them for their hard work on very short notice. We also thank Stewart's Shops for the grant they provided to help us buy the materials for the project. We ask that on your next visit to Featherweald you use the new lower lot if you find that the upper lot is full. And for your safety, and the safety of the community, we ask that you do not park along Route 59 or in the neighboring driveways.



A Reminder About Closed Trails at Featherweald

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Part of Featherweald Nature Preserve is closed during the Great Blue Heron's nesting season (Febraury 1 August 31). Dogs are prohibited at this preserve to ensure the herons continue to feel safe in their nesting territory and return next season. Thank you for helping us keeping this unique area protected!



New Bridge at Staalesen Nature Preserve in Troy

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Bob Crowley, RLT Board President and co-steward of John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve in South Troy and Marcos Velazquez, RLT's new Stewardship Coordinator took advantage of warm weather in the early spring to build a new bridge over one of the creeks at the preserve.

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