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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

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Benefit Event: Sail the Rensselaer Hudson River Shoreline on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater--SOLD OUT

sail on clearwater imagelargeThis event is SOLD OUT.

To be placed on a waiting list email Julie Moore

Clearwater sails rain or shine, and so will we!

Departing from the Rensselaer Dock

Please arrive no later than 9:45 am.

Join us aboard an authentic working Tall Ship – the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. This three-hour sail on the beautiful Hudson River will include dockside orientation before departure, Clearwater’s history, wildlife observation, education, even a chance at steering the ship.  Music by the crew and sing-a-longs. Refreshments available at the dock. 

Clearwater is a 106 foot long wooden sailboat, with one 108 foot tall mast. In the 1800’s such boats were a common sight on the Hudson and Long Island Sound; now, ships like Clearwater are a rare sight.

 

This is a benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

Limited 45 tickets, $135/pp.

Purchase your tickets HERE.

 

You will help to sail her: raising the mainsail and taking a turn at her tiller. The best way to ensure that your sail is enjoyable is to be prepared for what you’ll encounter on a real, working tall ship.

What to Wear:
Clearwater sails rain or shine with the exception of severe weather, so be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly.

If there’s even a small chance of rain, bring rain gear.

  • If it’s cold wear clothing in layers, with a warm coat, sweater, long pants, scarf, and hat.
  • If the day is warm, bring a light jacket or windbreaker; it’s often colder on the water than on land.
  • If it’s sunny, a brimmed hat, high SPF sunscreen, and sunglasses should be worn.
  • Wear flat, soft-soled shoes. No clogs, flip flops or high heels should be worn onboard.
  • In any weather, make sure you wear clothing you can easily move around in and don’t mind getting dirty.

What to Bring:
Hydration is extremely important while sailing; we strongly suggest bringing a re-useable water bottle.
 You will not eat lunch onboard, but are welcome to bring a snack.
If you’d like to bring a camera, you may. It is important to always be aware of what is going on around you and note that there are appropriate times to take photos.

What NOT to Bring:
We encourage you to leave the following items at home:
For the safety of you and your devices, cell phones, iPods, portable music devices, and tablets should not be taken onboard. They are easily broken and can be distracting.
Headphones prevent passengers from hearing important information or directions from the captain and crew.
Backpacks can be bulky and often get in the way.

Bathrooms:
Many of the docks have facilities available on site and you are encouraged to use them before boarding the boat. Clearwater’s head, or boat toilet, is rustic; more like an outhouse than a bathroom. There is a barrel of wash water for hand washing on deck.

Safety:
You are in good hands when onboard! Clearwater’s professional crew has been selected to combine the talents of a competent sailing team with those of a trained education staff. It is important to listen closely to the captain, crew and to your teachers, and to always follow the basic safety rules outlined at the beginning of your sail.
For answers to other frequently asked questions visit us at www.Clearwater.org

Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 9:45 am - 1:00 pm
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Annual Meeting & 30th Anniversary Celebration

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Wood and Water, Sand and Stream
Celebrating 30 Years of Land Protection in Rensselaer County

RSVP and Purchase Tickets HERE

After 30 years there’s many people to thank for land conservation in Rensselaer County. We’ll do so at our Annual Meeting and 30th Anniversary Celebration this fall!

We’ll take time to honor our donors, volunteers, and current and former board members and staff. We will hear from outgoing County Executive Kathy Jimino and Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. We’ll pay tribute to our founders and our past RLT presidents, board members, and staff including Christine Young, our former executive director, who guided RLT so ably for nine years. And we will welcome our new Executive Director, John Winter.

2017 Honorees

William Niemi Conservation Leadership Award  will be presented to ecologist Dr. David Hunt for his many years studying the plants, animals, and natural communities of Rensselaer County, advocating for their conservation, and providing ecological expertise to landowners, towns, and conservation organizations."

 

 


Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to  Marcy Steinberg for  her years of volunteer work including  Trail Crew, a member of the Outings Committee, and providing support as coordinator for the Mushroom Series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Wilson photo cropped

As a special treat, George Wilson, local renowned fiddler, multi-instrumental virtuoso, and singer will perform a variety of traditional and folk styles. George has mastered nearly 500 tunes from New England, Quebec, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland, and Shetland. Learn more about George Wilson here.

 

 

 

 

Please join us as we celebrate at Brown's Brewing Co.'s Revolution Hall, 417 River Street, Troy, NY 12180.

Parking is available at the site.

Tickets are $30 per person, which includes a platted dinner, sides, and dessert. Cash bar.

Reserve your tickets today by clicking HERE.

Meal options:

Meat Entree: Plated Dinner Duet: Pan Seared Chicken, Herb Au Jus, Sliced
Filet Mignon, Garlic Mashed and Butternut Squash

Vegetarian Entree: Vegetable Napoleon Stack with Gouda Cheese

 

 

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

General Admission $30 per person
Includes buffet dinner. Cash bar available.

RSVP by November 1

Join Our 2018 Host Committee
This year please consider joining our Annual Meeting's Host Committee at a gift level of $100 or more. Contributors who give $100 or more will be recognized as members of the Host Committee in the Annual Meeting's program.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE

Join our Board of Directors and Executive Director, John Winter, as he presents two exciting new RLT plans: our 2018 to 2030 Rensselaer County Conservation Plan and our Hudson River Access Plan.

The 2018 to 2030 Land Conservation Plan was designed as a “greenprint” of land conservation priorities in Rensselaer County and identifies and maps the natural resources that RLT and its partners are looking to conserve. The Plan is the first comprehensive study of this kind for the entire county and was prepared in collaboration with public and private partners and stakeholders. The Plan also identifies key conservation priorities in each municipality in the County.

The Hudson River Access Plan identifies places along the Hudson River waterfront where residents and visitors can access the water. It was prepared using information on existing conditions at 44 sites and provides recommendations for improved access along the entire Rensselaer County waterfront. When implemented, with direct involvement of each river community, Rensselaer County will have a significantly more accessible waterfront. 

 

2018 Honorees

2018 marks the third year that the Land Trust will be honoring two individuals at our Annual Meeting. Peter Wood will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award and David Fleming, Supervisor of the Town of Nassau, will receive the William Niemi Conservation Leadership Award.

Peter Wood is the Steward of the Robert Ingalls Preserve in Stephentown.  A longtime supporter of the Rensselaer Land Trust, Peter is a regular participant in the weekly Trail Crew, RLT’s representative to Celebrate Stephentown, and an active member of the Outings Committee.  As Ingalls Steward, he has expanded the trail network, maintained the parking lot, and been an ambassador to visitors, keeping the kiosk up to date with information, leading many hikes that highlight the history of this beautiful property on the Black Creek. Peter is the guy who will research the rare plant found by the Trail Crew and suggest a trail reroute to avoid its disturbance.  He will send fabulous photos of mushroom blooms for RLT’s Facebook page because he finds such delight in them.  The Rensselaer Land Trust is very fortunate to have Peter as a supporter and volunteer.


David Fleming has earned the William Niemi Conservation Leadership Award for his strong record of doing the right thing for the environment and for successfully protecting the natural resources of Rensselaer County. David has been Supervisor of the Town of Nassau since 2008. As Supervisor, he was a leader in the successful fight to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline. He has been tireless in the battle to clean up the Dewey Loeffell Superfund site and to prevent a hard rock mine in a residential neighborhood – using the courts, science-based evidence, and a lot of determination.  David led the establishment of the Town of Nassau’s Mud Pond Preserve, with public trails around a rare peat wetland. David has supported RLT’s Kinderhook Creek Preserve in Nassau, and he also is a friend and supporter of the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance and the Agricultural Stewardship Association. In addition to his Town Supervisor duties, David is Chief Operating Officer of Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne, LLP, and a leading consultant on cemetery regulation and operations.

Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Clearwater Sail 8:45am-12pm

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Clearwater sails rain or shine, and so will we!

Departing from Riverfront Park

Please arrive no later than 8:45 am.

Join us aboard an authentic working Tall Ship – the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. This three-hour sail on the beautiful Hudson River will include dockside orientation before departure, Clearwater's history, wildlife observation, education, even a chance at steering the ship. Music by the crew and sing-a-longs. Refreshments available at the dock.
Clearwater is a 106 foot long wooden sailboat, with one 108 foot tall mast. In the 1800's such boats were a common sight on the Hudson and Long Island Sound; now, ships like Clearwater are a rare sight.

This is a benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Limited 50 tickets, $150/pp.


Purchase your tickets HERE.

You will help to sail her: raising the mainsail and taking a turn at her tiller. The best way to ensure that your sail is enjoyable is to be prepared for what you'll encounter on a real, working tall ship.

There is also an Afternoon Sail 1:45 - 5.


What to Wear:
Clearwater sails rain or shine with the exception of severe weather, so be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly.
If there's even a small chance of rain, bring rain gear.
If it's cold wear clothing in layers, with a warm coat, sweater, long pants, scarf, and hat.
If the day is warm, bring a light jacket or windbreaker; it's often colder on the water than on land.
If it's sunny, a brimmed hat, high SPF sunscreen, and sunglasses should be worn.
Wear flat, soft-soled shoes. No clogs, flip flops or high heels should be worn onboard.
In any weather, make sure you wear clothing you can easily move around in and don't mind getting dirty.

What to Bring:
Hydration is extremely important while sailing; we strongly suggest bringing a re-useable water bottle.
You will not eat lunch onboard, but are welcome to bring a snack.
If you'd like to bring a camera, you may. It is important to always be aware of what is going on around you and note that there are appropriate times to take photos.

What NOT to Bring:
We encourage you to leave the following items at home:
For the safety of you and your devices, cell phones, iPods, portable music devices, and tablets should not be taken onboard. They are easily broken and can be distracting.
Headphones prevent passengers from hearing important information or directions from the captain and crew.
Backpacks can be bulky and often get in the way.

Bathrooms:
Many of the docks have facilities available on site and you are encouraged to use them before boarding the boat. Clearwater's head, or boat toilet, is rustic; more like an outhouse than a bathroom. There is a barrel of wash water for hand washing on deck.

Safety:
You are in good hands when onboard! Clearwater's professional crew has been selected to combine the talents of a competent sailing team with those of a trained education staff. It is important to listen closely to the captain, crew and to your teachers, and to always follow the basic safety rules outlined at the beginning of your sail.
For answers to other frequently asked questions visit us at www.Clearwater.org

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
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Clearwater Sail 1:45pm-5pm

2011 10 18 14 45 54 659

 

Clearwater sails rain or shine, and so will we!

Departing from Riverfront Park

Please arrive no later than 1:45 pm.

Join us aboard an authentic working Tall Ship – the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. This three-hour sail on the beautiful Hudson River will include dockside orientation before departure, Clearwater's history, wildlife observation, education, even a chance at steering the ship. Music by the crew and sing-a-longs. Refreshments available at the dock.
Clearwater is a 106 foot long wooden sailboat, with one 108 foot tall mast. In the 1800's such boats were a common sight on the Hudson and Long Island Sound; now, ships like Clearwater are a rare sight.

This is a benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Limited 50 tickets, $150/pp.


Purchase your tickets HERE.

You will help to sail her: raising the mainsail and taking a turn at her tiller. The best way to ensure that your sail is enjoyable is to be prepared for what you'll encounter on a real, working tall ship.

There is also a Morning Sail from 8:45-12.


What to Wear:
Clearwater sails rain or shine with the exception of severe weather, so be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly.
If there's even a small chance of rain, bring rain gear.
If it's cold wear clothing in layers, with a warm coat, sweater, long pants, scarf, and hat.
If the day is warm, bring a light jacket or windbreaker; it's often colder on the water than on land.
If it's sunny, a brimmed hat, high SPF sunscreen, and sunglasses should be worn.
Wear flat, soft-soled shoes. No clogs, flip flops or high heels should be worn onboard.
In any weather, make sure you wear clothing you can easily move around in and don't mind getting dirty.

What to Bring:
Hydration is extremely important while sailing; we strongly suggest bringing a re-useable water bottle.
You will not eat lunch onboard, but are welcome to bring a snack.
If you'd like to bring a camera, you may. It is important to always be aware of what is going on around you and note that there are appropriate times to take photos.

What NOT to Bring:
We encourage you to leave the following items at home:
For the safety of you and your devices, cell phones, iPods, portable music devices, and tablets should not be taken onboard. They are easily broken and can be distracting.
Headphones prevent passengers from hearing important information or directions from the captain and crew.
Backpacks can be bulky and often get in the way.

Bathrooms:
Many of the docks have facilities available on site and you are encouraged to use them before boarding the boat. Clearwater's head, or boat toilet, is rustic; more like an outhouse than a bathroom. There is a barrel of wash water for hand washing on deck.

Safety:
You are in good hands when onboard! Clearwater's professional crew has been selected to combine the talents of a competent sailing team with those of a trained education staff. It is important to listen closely to the captain, crew and to your teachers, and to always follow the basic safety rules outlined at the beginning of your sail.
For answers to other frequently asked questions visit us at www.Clearwater.org

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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2019 Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony, & Coyote Lecture

Register online HERE or by calling 518-659-LAND (5263)

Please join us as we celebrate another great year with friends of the land. At our 2019 Annual Meeting we will honor this year's honorees and hear a fascinating lecture from Dan Bogan on the topic of coyotes.

General tickets $30 per person, please consider joining our Host Committee to help underwrite the costs of this event at $100 per person. All Host Committee members will be listed in the program as a special thank you.


Buffet dinner included, cash bar • Location: Brown’s Brewing Co.’s Revolution Hall, free street parking.

This year's honorees include

Frank SorrentoVolunteer of the Year Awarded to Frank Sorrento, one of our dedicated Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve Volunteers.

Frank Sorrento, a lifelong outdoorsman, grew up in New York spending his time hunting and fishing in the area. In recent years, he purchased a piece of property in East Nassau, where he began to spend much of his time and quickly discovered RLT’s Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve. Frank met David Gaskell, Kinderhook’s preserve steward, while enjoying the woods. At that point Frank shared with David his love and appreciation for the preserve and offered to help in any way possible. David quickly enlisted Frank and his backhoe in the building of the two creeks trail and clearing down trees to make the trails more accessible. Frank’s time spent with David and working at the preserve has given Frank an opportunity to learn more about the different trees, mushrooms, animal habitat, and to deepen his understanding of how important land conservation is to future generations.

One of Frank’s greatest pleasures is being able to share his knowledge and experiences at Kinderhook Creek with his daughter Olive. The preserve has been a great influence in the molding of her childhood, creating many precious memories, and developing an appreciation for nature. Frank also finds it very rewarding to see all the wonderful visitors being able to enjoy the land as he does.

Over the last few years Frank has made so many friends at Kinderhook Creek that he started The Friends of the Kinderhook Creek Preserve Facebook page. On this Facebook page, Frank can connect with visitors and inform them of preserve news or animal activity and people can share their experiences as well. Kinderhook Creek’s following growing and is a destination for many people each week and even daily. Frank is looking forward to seeing the ridge top trail completed and being a life-long volunteer with RLT and friend of Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve.

 

TeriWilliam Niemi Conservation Leadership Awarded to Teri Ptacek, Executive Director of Agricultural Stewardship Association

Teri Ptacek has been involved in farmland conservation since 1992 when she first started volunteering for the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA). ASA was founded by farmers and conservationists as a land trust nearly 30 years ago. To date, the organization has conserved nearly 22,400 acres of farms and forests throughout Washington and Rensselaer counties.

“I fell in love with this area because of its farms and farm community and am passionate about the work ASA is doing here in the greater Capital Region.”

Teri joined ASA’s board of directors in 2002 and became ASA’s first executive director in 2003, after working as a project coordinator in Saratoga Springs for American Farmland Trust (AFT) for eight years. While at AFT, Teri was charged with the development of Rensselaer County’s Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan, giving her an opportunity to become acquainted with the farm community.

ASA began working in Rensselaer County in 2003 shortly after Teri became the executive director. During Teri’s tenure, the organization has conserved over 19,000 acres on 104 properties including 7,169 acres on 40 farms in Rensselaer County. ASA is currently in the process of protecting another 2,370 acres on seven farms in Rensselaer County that have been awarded state farmland protection grants.

Farms in Rensselaer County have received a total of $13.3 million in farmland protection awards since ASA first began working in the county in 2003. This success would not be possible without the support from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Rensselaer County Legislature, Office of Economic Development and Planning and Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board.

 

Lecture

DanBogan Headshot 2019 Edited 1 Investigating Eastern Coyote (Canis latrans) Diet Ecology in Suburban Albany and Rural Rensselaer Landscapes

The coyote (Canis latrans) is a wild canine predator species that only recently became an inhabitant of northeastern States. Here in New York, coyote ecology is not fully understood, which leaves knowledge gaps regarding their interactions with other species across landscapes gradients. As a major component of my research agenda at Siena College, I am investigating the diet ecology of coyotes in two regions of New York: The Albany Pine Bush Preserve and the Rensselaer Plateau. I am actively working with project partners, citizen scientists, and Siena College undergraduates to collect scat (feces) as a non-invasive method to evaluate diet ecology while simultaneously assessing relative abundance of coyotes and other carnivores. I predict diets from the urban study area will have lower diet diversity in comparison to the more natural, rural study region. Predator ecology is important within the larger context of considering the forces that shape and influence these important conservation areas.

Dan Bogan is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Siena College. His research investigates behavioral ecology of wildlife and interactions with humans, carnivore ecology and conservation, and urban wildlife ecology and management. Dan holds a PhD from Cornell University, a MS from SUNY University at Albany and a BS from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.

 

 

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Brown's Walloomsac Taproom & Brewery Tour

Browns Walloomsac Taproom Fronhofer Design

Photo Credit: Fronhofer Design

Tour starts 2:30 pm guests are welcome to arrive at 2:00 pm to get settled.

Come tour the beautifully renovated mill complex that houses Brown’s Brewing's Walloomsac taproom, brewery, and canning facility in North Hoosick, NY, on the banks of the Walloomsac River. The intimate tour – conducted by brewers – will feature the energy saving practices, waste water processing, and other green innovations at the facility.

The tour includes one beer, tastings, and snacks!

Tickets: 1 for $65 or 2 for $120, include tour, beer tasting, and delicious, fresh food much of which is made using local ingredients and cooked on a custom wood fire grill.

Limited to 20 people.

Money from ticket sales go toward supporting Rensselaer Land Trust's mission to protect and conserve the open spaces, fresh drinking water, and natural habitats of Rensselaer County. Snow date TBD.

Register for the 2:30 pm tour here.

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Dinner at the Illium Cafe Bistro

RSVP by May 18 by clicking on this link.

Enjoy a delicious meal in downtown Troy at the Illium Cafe Bistro, while supporting your local land trust. We need 20 advance reservations for the GroupRaise event to take place. Rensselaer Land Trust receives 15% of receipts put in the jar, not including tax, tip, or alcohol. Please share with your friends and family and have a wonderful evening!

Saturday, May 21, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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