Conserving Land • Protecting Resources
Since 1987

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.

  • Successful protection of farmland is critical to the future of Rensselaer County. We appreciate the opportunity to preserve this land whose scenic beauty and passive recreational use we have enjoyed for more than 45 years. Now is the time to protect these important resources. Farms are being converted to other uses to accommodate the county’s rise in population at the expense of food production, wildlife habitats and open space. We have chosen to make Rensselaer County our home for 53 years.” Gerald and Shirley Dunn, Shadbush Hill Conservation Easement, Schodack.
  • I have always loved the natural world and rarely a day goes by these days when I do not walk at least two miles in the woods. As a commercial appraiser I saw firsthand the pressures that development places upon the ecology and aesthetics of the landscapes that surround us. I realized that, without some type of intervention, this trend is a one way street. Strategic protection of land is one of the best legacies we can leave for future generations.” Paul Schroeder, volunteer and member.
  • 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.
  • We’re very happy to have donated this easement and be working in partnership with Rensselaer Land Trust. We love this land, and it’s an important part of our legacy to ensure that our bit of the Rensselaer Plateau remains a friendly habitat to the frogs, salamanders, fish, woodcocks, pheasants, bobwhites, occasional bobcats, and all of the other wildlife. The easement also protects the history and future of the land and the barn by allowing responsible traditional use of the fields, forest, and structures.” Bill and Teresa Holliday, Ridgeline Conservation Easement, Stephentown.
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