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Kristina croppedWater, water, everywhere – water conservation that is! 2018 has shaped up into a year of protecting water supplies and getting people onto the Hudson River.

This summer the Rensselaer Land Trust will begin a collaboration with the Agricultural Stewardship Association and the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance in a first-of-its kind Water Quality Improvement Program to protect land around the Tomhannock Reservoir.

Supported by a $1.5M three-year grant from the Water Division of NYSDEC, we will secure conservation easements and fee-owned parcels that will protect the water supply for more than 135,000 households in Troy and surrounding communities. We will also offer training to landowners on ways to reduce harmful chemicals entering the reservoir.

Getting people to the waters of the historic Hudson River is another focus for 2018. Our new Hudson River Access Plan identifies 44 locations in Rensselaer County shoreline communities for residents and visitors to fish, canoe, kayak, and enjoy the riverine scenery. We will work with local government to improve docks, fishing areas, and other amenities.

Looking ahead, these exciting projects are in the works:
• Countywide Land Conservation Plan – RLT has identified more than 33,000 acres of priority conservation areas in our beautiful county. With your help, we will secure conservation easements and create new protected areas on these vital lands.

• A New Walking Trail – RLT is engaged in discussions to own and manage land along a major new trail system in the county.

• New Protected Lands – RLT has been invited by a leading national conservation organization to explore assignment of several high-profile conservation areas in the county. We also have five parcels in our queue of potential projects.

• Featherweald Property Grant – RLT recently received a grant from the NYS Conservation Partnership Program to improve visitor access and prepare a management plan for the new Featherweald conservation area in Cambridge.

These are just a few examples of the exciting conservation projects we are bringing to you and your family.


With Appreciation,

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Kristina Younger

PS. Save the date for the 2018 annual meeting. Join us on November 4, 2018 at Brown’s Revolution Hall from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for food, fun, and to talk land conservation.

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