Land Stewardship

  • Constructed improved parking areas at Ingalls and Staalesen Preserves.
  • Partnered with Capital District Community Gardens and granted them garden plot at Staalesen Preserve.
  • Received $17,000 Environmental Protection Fund Grant through Land Trust Alliance to fund boundary survey, signs, kiosk, and property maintenance at Staalesen Preserve in Troy.


Watershed Protection Programs

  • 5th Annual Shoreline clean-up of the Tomhannock Reservoir, which provides clean drinking water to 125,000 people. More than 60 volunteers including high school and college students participated.
  • Tree planting at Rensselaer Land Trust Hoosic River property with the assistances of Biology Club at Tamarac High School and other volunteers.

Watershed Education Programs

  • "What's in Our Creek?" Community Day at our new Staalesen Preserve in Troy. Troy Record Coverage
  • Received $5,000 Blue Water Project grant from Royal Bank of Canada to fund interactive watershed map for the Rensselaer Land Trust website.

Outings and Natural History Programs

  • Annual 8 mile Hoosick River Paddle led by Paul Schroeder.
  • Mushroom Workshops and Walks with a total of 115 participants.
  • Spring Wildflower Walk led by led by Tom Phillips.
  • Wetland Ecology Hike co-led by Rensselaer Land Trust President Nick Conrad and Ecologist David Hunt.
  • Winter Hike and potluck gathering.
  • Tibbitts State Forest Hike.
  • Rensselaer Plateau Traverse, a 30-mile two-day hike from Stephentown to Hoosick through numerous public and private properties.
  • Taconic Crest Hike up Greene Hollow, over Berlin Mountain, and down Southeast Hollow.
  • Snow Hole Hike.
  • Hydroelectric Power Plant Tour and Lecture on History of Hydro Power.

Outreach Events

  • Grafton Lakes State Park Winterfest.
  • Sand Lake Bicentennial.
  • Taborton Zion Church Earth Day Event.
  • Rensselaer Land Trust President Nick Conrad interviewed by the Times Union's environmental reporter Brian Nearing on WVCR (88.3 FM). Radio Interview Recording
  • Rensselaer Land TrustExecutive Director Christine Young interviewed by the Troy Record. Troy Record Interview
  • 5th Annual Oktoberfest at Brown's Brewing Co.
  • 3rd Annual Troy Victorian Stroll Concert by fiddler George Wilson and RLT Open House.

Sustaining Organizational Financial Security for the future

  • Established Charitable Remainder Trust.
  • Established Endowment Fund.
  • Received $20,000 Environmental Protection Fund grant through Land Trust Alliance to prepare for renewal of Rensselaer Land Trust's national Land Trust Accreditation.