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 www.rensselaerplateau.org 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!

Below find testimonials from visitors and volunteers who have explored and contributed to the Rensselear Land Trust over the years. Click the pagination buttons to cycle through them.

  • Several neighbors have already told me how happy they are that I put the land in conservation easement. I’m glad that many of my neighbors seem to share my appreciation for how beautiful the area is and want to maintain it that way rather than see it developed.” Alice LeBlanc, Randall Creek Conservation Easement, Stephentown.
  • It is our hope that this property will be enjoyed for many generations to come, with its natural beauty along the Wynantskill Creek, abundant wildlife, beautiful walking trails and historical significance.” Jim Staalesen, son and spokesperson for the Staalesen family. John B. Staalesen Vanderhyden Nature Preserve, Troy.
  • Sometimes I just start a trail and see where it leads me.” David Gaskell, Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve, Nassau
  • Why do I volunteer for Rensselaer Land Trust? I love Rensselaer County and consider it – all of its green spaces, lakes, woods, and hills – one of the region’s greatest gems. When we moved here 25 years ago from Albany County we thought Rensselaer County was the best-kept secret in the Capital District. Since then, we’ve watched the population grow by leaps and bounds, and the number of subdivisions and commercial areas soar. I want to use my skills to help protect as many of the rural and wilderness areas of the county as possible – for me, for my children, and for the unborn generations to come. This place is too gorgeous to lose.” Beth Schroeder, volunteer and member.
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