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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Event Name

Date

Bog Exploration at Mud Lake, Berlin, NY

Ecologist, Dr. David Hunt, will lead another visit to a Mud Lake, this time in Berlin, NY. Explore the fen, bog, and swamp surrounding the lake, and experience walking on a quaking bog mat of floating moss. Hunt will show us the unusual plants living here, including insect-eating pitcher plants and sundews, and plants rare in Rensselaer County. The walk will be short but wet and adventurous. Wear footwear you can get very wet.

$5 donation.

To register e-mail Nick Conrad or call 518-279-1963.

Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 10:00 am
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Taconic Crest Trail in One Year–Part III

We will hike the entire 37 miles of the Taconic Crest Trail in six separate trips over several months. This beautiful ridge-top trail winds through NY, MA, and a corner of VT, from near New Lebanon to North Petersburg, passing by the renowned Snow Hole and over Rensselaer County’s highest peak. With about 7000 feet each of cumulative ascent and cumulative descent, views include the Little Hoosick Valley and Mount Greylock. Join us for one, some, or all of the sections. Those who complete the entire trail (with us and/or on their own), can receive a patch from the Taconic Hiking Club.

$5 donation per hike. Please register with listed contact. All hikes have long steep uphill and/or downhill sections over rocky ground.

Part III: Sat., July 15 • 9:00 a.m.
Robinson Hollow in Stephentown to Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain (7 miles).
Register: Peter Wood: 518-378-1361

The Robinson Hollow access will be the starting point for our third leg on the Crest Trail, along aptly named Misery Mountain. Lots of elevation change here, on a less well known section of the trail. We’ll end by descending into amazing Mattison Hollow.

Part IV: Sat., August 12 • 9:00 a.m.
Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain to Southeast Hollow in Berlin (7.2 miles).
Register: Peter Wood: 518-378-1361

We’ll start up Mattison Hollow, now threatened by logging, past towering hemlocks and white pines, brooks and waterfalls, and access the Crest Trail after an incredibly steep climb. Here the Crest Trail follows a narrower ridge, where at times you can see into valleys east and west. We’ll hike through a magical conifer forest and descend into beautiful Southeast Hollow.

Part V: Sat., September 9 • 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Pass in Petersburg to Southeast Hollow in Berlin (7.3 miles).
Register: e-mail Michael Jensen

Going north to south this time in order to start at Petersburg Pass’ higher elevation, the trail has some steep ascents on the way to the summit of Berlin Mountain, at 2,818 feet New York’s tallest peak outside of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Then through an uncommon spruce-fir forest and over some minor summits, and down Southeast Hollow.

Part VI: Sat., October 14 • 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Pass to north end in N Petersburg (7.9 miles)
Register: e-mail Nick Conrad

The Snow Hole, a deep crevice where snow and ice last well into the summer, is the highlight of this section. Also long views to the west and to the east into Vermont, white quartz, and a short stretch in Vermont, finishing with a long, steep descent to the north trailhead along Route 346.

Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 9:00 am
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Taconic Crest Trail in One Year–Part IV

We will hike the entire 37 miles of the Taconic Crest Trail in six separate trips over several months. This beautiful ridge-top trail winds through NY, MA, and a corner of VT, from near New Lebanon to North Petersburg, passing by the renowned Snow Hole and over Rensselaer County’s highest peak. With about 7000 feet each of cumulative ascent and cumulative descent, views include the Little Hoosick Valley and Mount Greylock. Join us for one, some, or all of the sections. Those who complete the entire trail (with us and/or on their own), can receive a patch from the Taconic Hiking Club.

$5 donation per hike. Please register with listed contact. All hikes have long steep uphill and/or downhill sections over rocky ground.

Part IV: Sat., August 12 • 9:00 a.m.
Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain to Southeast Hollow in Berlin (7.2 miles).
Register: Peter Wood: 518-378-1361

We’ll start up Mattison Hollow, now threatened by logging, past towering hemlocks and white pines, brooks and waterfalls, and access the Crest Trail after an incredibly steep climb. Here the Crest Trail follows a narrower ridge, where at times you can see into valleys east and west. We’ll hike through a magical conifer forest and descend into beautiful Southeast Hollow.

Part V: Sat., September 9 • 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Pass in Petersburg to Southeast Hollow in Berlin (7.3 miles).
Register: e-mail Michael Jensen

Going north to south this time in order to start at Petersburg Pass’ higher elevation, the trail has some steep ascents on the way to the summit of Berlin Mountain, at 2,818 feet New York’s tallest peak outside of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Then through an uncommon spruce-fir forest and over some minor summits, and down Southeast Hollow.

Part VI: Sat., October 14 • 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Pass to north end in N Petersburg (7.9 miles)
Register: e-mail Nick Conrad

The Snow Hole, a deep crevice where snow and ice last well into the summer, is the highlight of this section. Also long views to the west and to the east into Vermont, white quartz, and a short stretch in Vermont, finishing with a long, steep descent to the north trailhead along Route 346.

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 9:00 am
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Troy History Walk

Join Rensselaer County Historical Society and Rensselaer Land Trust in a History Walk through Troy.  Kathryn Sheehan, Registrar and Rensselaer County & City of Troy Historian will lead us from the Hudson River to the Poesten Kill covering almost three centuries of changes in the landscape of Troy.  We will meet at the Rensselaer County Historical Society located at 57 Second Street in Troy. Wear comfortable shoes and bring something to drink. 

$20 per person. 

Register HERE

Limited space.

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Mushroom Walk at Robert Ingalls Preserve

Registration is Currently Full.

 

Sue Van Hook, local mycologist, will lead us into the woods at our Robert Ingalls Preserve in East Nassau. Participants will have a chance to develop their field skills in mushroom identification. Bring a basket or bag with stiff sides, a field knife or trowel, and a hand lens if you have one.

Fee $10/person, kids are free. 

Limited to first 25 registered/paid people. Directions will be mailed to participants registered two weeks before the walk.

 

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 10:00 am
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Taconic Crest Trail in One Year–Part V

We will hike the entire 37 miles of the Taconic Crest Trail in six separate trips over several months. This beautiful ridge-top trail winds through NY, MA, and a corner of VT, from near New Lebanon to North Petersburg, passing by the renowned Snow Hole and over Rensselaer County’s highest peak. With about 7000 feet each of cumulative ascent and cumulative descent, views include the Little Hoosick Valley and Mount Greylock. Join us for one, some, or all of the sections. Those who complete the entire trail (with us and/or on their own), can receive a patch from the Taconic Hiking Club.

$5 donation per hike. Please register with listed contact. All hikes have long steep uphill and/or downhill sections over rocky ground.

Part V: Sat., September 9 • 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Pass in Petersburg to Southeast Hollow in Berlin (7.3 miles).
Register: e-mail Michael Jensen

Going north to south this time in order to start at Petersburg Pass’ higher elevation, the trail has some steep ascents on the way to the summit of Berlin Mountain, at 2,818 feet New York’s tallest peak outside of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Then through an uncommon spruce-fir forest and over some minor summits, and down Southeast Hollow.

Part VI: Sat., October 14 • 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Pass to north end in N Petersburg (7.9 miles)
Register: e-mail Nick Conrad

The Snow Hole, a deep crevice where snow and ice last well into the summer, is the highlight of this section. Also long views to the west and to the east into Vermont, white quartz, and a short stretch in Vermont, finishing with a long, steep descent to the north trailhead along Route 346.

Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 9:00 am
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Hiking Thru History

Come learn about the local history and the changing landscape of south Troy shaped by the Wynants Kill from Colonial time mills to the Industrial Era Burden Iron Works. Start at the former Burden Iron Works offices to hear from local historians and examine pictures and maps of the changing landscape. Reconvene a short drive upstream at the parking area of the Burden Pond Environmental Park. Then hike through an urban nature preserve with a deep gorge, a water fall and remnants of dams and infrastructure that supplied water power. We will stand in an area that had once been a mill pond. We will finish at a historic church and vantage point to see where the Burden Iron Works once stood and imagine what it all looked like.
 
Register with Joe Durkin: (518) 279-9870. $5 donation.
Hike distance and time; 2.5 miles out and back, 2 hours?Difficulty:  Moderate, some short hill climbs, dirt paths.
 
Location:
Meeting Place for Part I: Burden Iron Works Museum, 1 E Industrial Pkwy, Troy NY 12180?
Meeting Place for part II: Burden Pond Environmental Park, Corner Route 4/Mill St and Campbell Ave, Troy NY 12180

Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 12:15 pm
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Photography Foliage Hike with John Bulmer

Join professional photographer and filmmaker John Bulmer on a casual hike through the Staalesen Preserve. This will be an opportunity to explore and photograph at the peak of fall foliage season. Attendees will receive instruction on camera settings, techniques and composition to maximize the fall colors. A DSLR or other camera with manual settings is suggested. Tripods optional.

$10 donation collected day of the outing.

To register online click HERE.

To register by phone call (518) 674-2669 or e-mail  Sally Lawrence

 

 

Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Taconic Crest Trail in One Year–VI

We will hike the entire 37 miles of the Taconic Crest Trail in six separate trips over several months. This beautiful ridge-top trail winds through NY, MA, and a corner of VT, from near New Lebanon to North Petersburg, passing by the renowned Snow Hole and over Rensselaer County’s highest peak. With about 7000 feet each of cumulative ascent and cumulative descent, views include the Little Hoosick Valley and Mount Greylock. Join us for one, some, or all of the sections. Those who complete the entire trail (with us and/or on their own), can receive a patch from the Taconic Hiking Club.

$5 donation per hike. Please register with listed contact. All hikes have long steep uphill and/or downhill sections over rocky ground.

Part VI: Sat., October 14 • 9:00 a.m.
Petersburg Pass to north end in N Petersburg (7.9 miles)
Register: e-mail Nick Conrad

The Snow Hole, a deep crevice where snow and ice last well into the summer, is the highlight of this section. Also long views to the west and to the east into Vermont, white quartz, and a short stretch in Vermont, finishing with a long, steep descent to the north trailhead along Route 346.

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 9:00 am
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Invasive Plants Workshop and Workday

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to share opportunities for you to unplug, connect with nature, and experience what Rensselaer County has to offer. Join us!

Learn how to identify, report, and remove invasive species right here in Troy!  We will be working to improve and beautify one of the hidden gems of our area. We will be led by Spencer Barrett a Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator with Capital-Mohawk PRISM.

Wear old clothes and boots or shoes you don’t mind getting wet. You will also have a chance to see changes made by beavers at the preserve, when they came and when they left. Come for as long as you can!

Questions? E-mail Joe Durkin

More about RLT's Staalesen Preserve: includes 24 acres of fields, woods, and wetlands, and is bordered on one side by the Wynants Kill. Part of the Preserve has an open park?like feel due to its history of human activity and recent municipal infrastructure improvements. The remainder of the Preserve has more natural habitats, including floodplain (streamside) forest and a marsh with a beaver dam. The preserve provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, pileated woodpecker, wild turkey, and belted kingfisher.

A network of walking paths allows visitors to walk, snowshoe, cross country ski, bird, and just enjoy the scenery. One path passes through a streamside forest of cottonwood and silver maple on its way to the shore of the Wynants Kill, at a spot good for fishing and creek walking.

Learn more anout Staalesen Preserve HERE.

Saturday, Apr 7, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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10th Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-Up: Volunteer Day

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to share opportunities for you to unplug, connect with nature, and experience what Rensselaer County has to offer. Join us!

We need you!  This reservoir provides drinking water to over 135,000 people in our region. Meet at the NYS DEC public access parking lot on NYS Route 7 just before the causeway over the reservoir. Bring gloves.  Garbage bags are provided. We will work regardless of the weather. 

Register online HERE.

Or contact Paul Schroeder at 518-674-2480 or E-mail

Saturday, Apr 14, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Amphibian Walk

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to share opportunities for you to unplug, connect with nature, and experience what Rensselaer County has to offer. Join us!

Join us at RPA's Poestenkill Community Forest as we check out vernal pools for different types of amphibian eggs, look for mating wood frogs, and other early amphibian breeding sites. Turn over some logs and stones to find those evasive salamanders. Amphibians make up a larger mass than all the mammals in forested areas. Get to know your locals!

Wear rubber boots or sneakers you don’t mind getting very wet.

Children welcomed. $5 suggested donation collected day of the event.

To preregister contact: Jeff Briggs (518) 283-1926 or E-mail

 

Learn more about Poestenkill Community Forest by clicking HERE.

Saturday, Apr 21, 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Invasive Plant Workshop

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to share opportunities for you to unplug, connect with nature, and experience what Rensselaer County has to offer. Join us!

At this workshop, we will be discussing invasive plants, their identification characteristics, and their negative impacts on the ecosystems of Rensselaer County.  We will also be learning how to map invasive species populations at RPA's Albert Community Forest in order to improve management capabilities on the ground.  Our goal is to create a full map of invasive species at our Community Forest.

We will follow this later in the year with a workday to start removal of some invasive plants.

Questions? E-mail: Fred McCagg

To learn more about RPA's Albert Community Forest click HERE.

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Birds by Sight and Sound with Mary Batcheller

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to share opportunities for you to unplug, connect with nature, and experience what Rensselaer County has to offer. Join us!

Take an early morning walk with Mary Batcheller, local birding expert, at the RLT Staalesen Preserve in Troy!  Learn to identify both the calls and the sight of our common forest birds. No birding experience is necessary. This new knowledge will make every walk in the woods richer. We'll meet early to experience the most birds. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a bird field guide, if available.

Donation $5 collected day of the outing.

RSVP: Registration/weather contact: Francille Egbert 518-674-3214 or E-mail

More about Staalesen Preserve:
The Staalesen Preserve includes 24 acres of fields, woods, and wetlands, and is bordered on one side by the Wynants Kill. Part of the Preserve has an open park?like feel due to its history of human activity and recent municipal infrastructure improvements. The remainder of the Preserve has more natural habitats, including floodplain (streamside) forest and a marsh with a beaver dam. The preserve provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, pileated woodpecker, wild turkey, and belted kingfisher. Read more HERE.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 8:30 am - 10:30 am
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Wildflower Walk

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to share opportunities for you to unplug, connect with nature, and experience what Rensselaer County has to offer. Join us!

Enjoy spring wildflowers and explore the new RPA Lt Col Gundrum property on the Rensselaer Plateau with Tom Phillips. We can also keep watch for spring birds, ferns and any other interesting find. A great opportunity to see one of our newest conserved lands and Teal Pond.

Suggested $5 donation collected day of the walk.

Contact Francille Egbert 518-674-3214 or E-mail

Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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After Work Walk–Evening Birdsong at Albert Family Community Forest

After-Work Walks and Rides

Take your evening commute to the outdoors! Our After Work Walks on Thursday evenings are short, family-friendly walks and activities that will introduce you to the special places in Rensselaer County protected by RLT and RPA. The After Work Mountain Bike Rides on Tuesdays will be easy rides suitable for families and beginners. Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) Join us!

All walks and rides will start at 6 pm, or 6:45 as noted, are free, and do not require pre-registration. Bring water and proper gear for the weather, and flashlights for sunset and night walks, and follow precautions regarding ticks; snacks and insect repellant optional.

After Work Walks – Thursdays at 6 pm unless otherwise noted.

May 31, 6:45 – Evening Birdsong at Albert Family Community Forest

We will walk through some forested and open areas, and near the brook and wetlands, and perhaps sit silently and listen, hoping to hear migratory songbirds doing their act in the hour before the sun sets. If you have a folding sling chair, bring it. Email questions to leader: Peter Wood

Albert Family Community Forest is at the end of Hayes Road, off of NY Route 66 in East Nassau; for more info, click here.  

 

UPCOMING WALKS

June 7 –  Featherweald Preserve, Cambridge, across from Buskirk – RLT's newest protected land, with scenic woods and bluff along the Hoosic River, with nesting great blue herons and large pignut hickories and black oaks. For more info, contact Paul Schroeder.
 
Featherweald Preserve is at 187 Washington County Road 59. From junction of Routes 40 and 67 in Village of Schaghticoke, go 9.2 miles east on Route 67 to a left onto Buskirk-West Hoosick Road in Buskirk; go .4 mile, and after crossing the Buskirk Covered Bridge, turn left onto County Road 59; then 1 mile to parking on the left.
 

Upcoming:

June 21 – Grafton Forest, Grafton – Enjoy sunset on the longest day of the year from one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Rensselaer County; bring snacks and flashlights. For more info, contact Peter Wood.
 
Grafton Forest is at the end of Stuffle Street. From junction of Routes 2 and 278 near Tamarac High School, go 3.7 miles east on Route 2 to a left onto Stuffle Street. In 1.85 miles Stuffle Street turns from a town road to a rough but passable private road, leading in .55 more miles to a parking area.

June 28 – Kinderhook Creek Preserve, East Nassau – Beautiful woods and river; bring a picnic lunch, watch the sunset from the ridge.

July 5 –  Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve, Troy – Undeveloped oasis in City of Troy, trails along Wynants Kill and beaver marsh

July 12 – Robert Ingalls Preserve, Stephentown – Idyllic stream and forest setting along Black Brook

July 19 – Lt. Col. Gundrum Parcel, Berlin – Explore pond, woods, blueberry stands

July 26, 6:45 – Albert Family Community Forest, Stephentown – Watch the rising (almost) full moon at dusk; bring flashlights.

August 2 – Poestenkill Community Forest – Woods trails, historic impressive stone walls

August 9 – Grafton Forest, Grafton – Spectacular views

August 16 – Chestnut Hill – American chestnut restoration

August 23 – Poestenkill Community Forest – Where is the water in the woods?

 

After Work Mountain Bike Rides – Tuesdays at 6 pm.

June 5 –  Poestenkill Community Forest

June 19 – Grafton Forest, Grafton

July 10 –  Grafton Lakes State Park, Mill Pond

Thursday, May 31, 2018 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
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After Mountain Bike Rides–Poestenkill Community Forest

After-Work Walks and Rides

Take your evening commute to the outdoors! Our After Work Walks on Thursday evenings are short, family-friendly walks and activities that will introduce you to the special places in Rensselaer County protected by RLT and RPA. The After Work Mountain Bike Rides on Tuesdays will be easy rides suitable for families and beginners. Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) Join us!

All walks and rides will start at 6 pm, or 6:45 as noted, are free, and do not require pre-registration. Bring water and proper gear for the weather, and flashlights for sunset and night walks, and follow precautions regarding ticks; snacks and insect repellant optional.

After-Work Mountain Bike Rides on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm

New to mountain biking, or looking to boost your skills?  Interested where you can ride your mountain bike in Rensselaer County?  Come check out our beginner Mountain Bike series.  The only things required are a mountain bike, helmet, and a positive attitude.  Rides will be short in nature (no more than 3 miles) and at a slow conversational pace.  Very family friendly.  Kids greatly encouraged to attend.

June 5 –  Poestenkill Community Forest. 350-acre forested parcel with extensive recreational trails, including some dedicated to mountain biking. For more information, contact Jim Bonesteel.

Poestenkill Community Forest is at 220 Legenbauer Road in East Poestenkill. From the blinking red lights at the intersection of Routes 355 and 351 in the center of Poestenkill, go east on Plank Road (County Road 40) for about 5 miles to East Poestenkill, then turn right onto Legenbauer Road and go about 1 mile to parking area on the right.

June 19 – Grafton Forest, Grafton. 900 acres of working forest and network of old logging roads leading to views over the Tomhannock Reservoir. For more information, contact Ian Bonesteel.

Grafton Forest is at the end of Stuffle Street. From junction of Routes 2 and 278 near Tamarac High School, go 3.7 miles east on Route 2 to a left onto Stuffle Street. In 1.85 miles Stuffle Street turns from a town road to a rough by passable private road, leading in .55 more miles to a parking area.

 

Upcoming After Work Hikes–Thursdays at 6 pm unless otherwise noted.

June 7 –  Johnson Land, Buskirk/Valley Falls – Scenic woods along the Hoosic River, with nesting great blue herons and large pignut hickories

June 21 – Grafton Forest, Grafton – Enjoy sunset on the longest day of the year from one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Rensselaer County; bring snacks and flashlights.

June 28 – Kinderhook Creek Preserve, East Nassau – Beautiful woods and river; bring a picnic lunch, watch the sunset from the ridge.

July 5 –  Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve, Troy – Undeveloped oasis in City of Troy, trails along Wynants Kill and beaver marsh

July 12 – Robert Ingalls Preserve, Stephentown – Idyllic stream and forest setting along Black Brook

July 19 – Lt. Col. Gundrum Parcel, Berlin – Explore pond, woods, blueberry stands

July 26, 6:45 – Albert Family Community Forest, Stephentown – Watch the rising (almost) full moon at dusk; bring flashlights.

August 2 – Poestenkill Community Forest – Woods trails, historic impressive stone walls

August 9 – Grafton Forest, Grafton – Spectacular views

August 16 – Chestnut Hill – American chestnut restoration

August 23 – Poestenkill Community Forest – Where is the water in the woods?

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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After Work Walk–Scenic Woods Along the Hoosic River

After-Work Walks and Rides

Take your evening commute to the outdoors! Our After Work Walks on Thursday evenings are short, family-friendly walks and activities that will introduce you to the special places in Rensselaer County protected by RLT and RPA. The After Work Mountain Bike Rides on Tuesdays will be easy rides suitable for families and beginners. Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) Join us!

All walks and rides will start at 6 pm, or 6:45 as noted, are free, and do not require pre-registration. Bring water and proper gear for the weather, and flashlights for sunset and night walks, and follow precautions regarding ticks; snacks and insect repellant optional.

After Work Walks – Thursdays at 6 pm unless otherwise noted.

June 7 –  Featherweald Preserve, Cambridge, across from Buskirk – RLT's newest protected land, with scenic woods and bluff along the Hoosic River, with nesting great blue herons and large pignut hickories and black oaks. For more info, contact Paul Schroeder.
Featherweald Preserve is at 187 Washington County Road 59. From junction of Routes 40 and 67 in Village of Schaghticoke, go 9.2 miles east on Route 67 to a left onto Buskirk-West Hoosick Road in Buskirk; go .4 mile, and after crossing the Buskirk Covered Bridge, turn left onto County Road 59; then 1 mile to parking on the left.

 

Upcoming:

June 21 – Grafton Forest, Grafton – Enjoy sunset on the longest day of the year from one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Rensselaer County; bring snacks and flashlights. For more info, contact Peter Wood.
Grafton Forest is at the end of Stuffle Street. From junction of Routes 2 and 278 near Tamarac High School, go 3.7 miles east on Route 2 to a left onto Stuffle Street. In 1.85 miles Stuffle Street turns from a town road to a rough but passable private road, leading in .55 more miles to a parking area.
 

June 28 – Kinderhook Creek Preserve, East Nassau – Beautiful woods and river; bring a picnic lunch, watch the sunset from the ridge.

July 5 –  Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve, Troy – Undeveloped oasis in City of Troy, trails along Wynants Kill and beaver marsh

July 12 – Robert Ingalls Preserve, Stephentown – Idyllic stream and forest setting along Black Brook

July 19 – Lt. Col. Gundrum Parcel, Berlin – Explore pond, woods, blueberry stands

July 26, 6:45 – Albert Family Community Forest, Stephentown – Watch the rising (almost) full moon at dusk; bring flashlights.

August 2 – Poestenkill Community Forest – Woods trails, historic impressive stone walls

August 9 – Grafton Forest, Grafton – Spectacular views

August 16 – Chestnut Hill – American chestnut restoration

August 23 – Poestenkill Community Forest – Where is the water in the woods?

 

After Work Mountain Bike Rides – Tuesdays at 6 pm.

June 5 –  Poestenkill Community Forest

June 19 – Grafton Forest, Grafton

July 10 –  Grafton Lakes State Park, Mill Pond

Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Taconic Crest Trail Hike

Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) have teamed up to share opportunities for you to unplug, connect with nature, and experience what Rensselaer County has to offer. Join us!

Hike a seven-mile segment of the Taconic Crest Trail from Robinson Hollow in Stephentown to Mattison Hollow

in Cherry Plain. E-mail Michael Jensen for meeting instructions, etc.

$5 donation collected day of the hike.

 

Saturday, Jun 9, 2018 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Fourth Annual Water Chestnut Pull at the Johnsonville Dam on the Hoosic River

WaterChestnutPull

Join us in our ongoing effort to keep the boat launch above the dam navigable.  Learn about invasive species first hand!  It is dirty and tiring work, but the path has been getting a bit easier every year.  Both boat based and land crew needed.  Co-sponsored with Brookfield Renewable, Hoosic River Watershed Association, the Johnsonville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.

Register in advance to receive free lunch with Kristina Younger by e-mail.

More Details:

Place:  Boat Launch on Hoosic River just above the Johnsonville Dam – on River Road.  Those bringing boats should come to the Boat Launch to unload/load, but then may need to move their cars to the Johnsonville Fire station for overflow parking, depending on turnout.  Food and bathrooms will be available at the Fire House about a quarter nil from the launch all day.

Work description:  Hand pull, collect, and prepare for disposal the invasive water chestnut plant that is choking the boat launch.  There will be three crews working in tandem – boats, waders/shallows, and shore.  Each crew requires different equipment and skills.

The boat-based crew is asked to supply their own canoe/kayak/rowboat, and life jacket, although there will be a few extra boats and life jackets available and a need for “barge crews”.  Hand pulled weeds will be placed into collection baskets and passed to either the shallow water crew or to rowboats/large canoes acting as “barges”.  This task is the most physically demanding, and where the most volunteers are needed.

A limited number of waders will be available for the use of the shallow water crew – those who have their own should bring them.  The seeds of this invasive have sharp thorns and good soles are highly recommended.  The shallow water crew will collect baskets from the boat-based crew to pass to the shore crew (and pass empties back to be refilled), as well as pull shallow weeds.  Youths under age 16 will be required to wear life jackets for this activity.

Shore crew requires footwear with good soles.  Full baskets will be dumped in designated areas and empty ones conveyed to the shallow water/barge crew.

All should wear weather appropriate clothing and expect to get wet and dirty.

Water, lunch, and snacks will be provided to all volunteers.  Any specific dietary needs should be conveyed at registration.  Nitrile gloves, collection baskets, and a boat washing station to prevent the spread of invasive species will be provided.  The job requires average to good fitness and a pleasant disposition.

Starting time is 9AM with check-in and crew assignment, and setting the line for the path clearing.  Partial day commitments are welcome.  This is a big (and multi-year) job.  We have a modest goal of clearing a path to the shore.  We want to know the name of every individual that participates so that we can properly acknowledge and thank them, so registration in advance is strongly encouraged.

Learn more about our invasive species work by clicking HERE.

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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