As I take on the role of President to the Rensselaer Land Trust, I am grateful for the legacy of those who came before me to form, nurture, and mature this organization. We closed 2015 by bringing our directly protected acres up to a total of 1,250.60, consisting of eight public nature preserves (394.66 acres) and 15 privately-held conservation easement properties (855.94 acres). This does not count the projects where we have partnered with other organizations, such as the recently funded Forest Legacy Program (12,800 acres), expansions to the Dyken Pond Environmental Center, trail projects, and more! This is a proud legacy to be a part of.
As members and supporters of the Rensselaer Land Trust, you can continue to expect that we will stay focused on our land conservation mission, while presenting programs and resources to increase appreciation and use of Rensselaer County’s natural beauty. Our County-wide Conservation Plan will provide direction based on data and public input for preservation priorities. We will partner with others that share our goals to get even more done. We will do this while upholding the standards and practices that our accredited status recognizes. We will manage the organization, and the trust that you place in it through your loyal contributions, so that we are financially sustainable and here for the long term. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Kristina Younger, President