Conserving Land • Protecting Resources
Since 1987

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!

The Black River has two sets of falls located within the Capital District Wildlife Management Area in the town of Berlin. The lowermost falls drops over one large slab of graywacke rock. It is located at the site of a late 19th century sawmill, of which some ruins still remain, including foundations and a sluiceway. The detailed map from our book, Natural Areas of Rensselaer County, New York shows an outline of this site. The 1876 Beer's Atlas of Rensselaer County shows this mill under the ownership of a "G. Holcombe."