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Monday, October 22, 2018

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Valley Falls–Community Meeting for Conservation Plan

What do you love about living in Rensselaer County? The Rensselaer Land Trust wants to hear what places in Rensselaer County are important to you, and why. The Land Trust has received funding to develop a Conservation Plan for Rensselaer County that will identify the most important places to preserve for future generations. We are holding four Community Values Meetings around the County to gather local input from communities and residents on lands they value for recreation, scenic views, natural resources, wildlife, and quality of life.  Landowners, business owners, hikers, cyclists, hunters, skiers, snowmobilers, realtors, and anyone interested in the future of Rensselaer County’s landscapes and resources are encouraged to attend.  Come to one of the meetings to make sure your values help guide the Conservation Plan.

Community values meetings Schedule

Hoosick Falls–RSVP HERE
Thursday, February 16 • 6 - 8:30 pm
Location: HAYC3 Armory, 80 Church Street

 

East Greenbush RSVP HERE
Thursday, March 2 • 6 - 8:30 pm
Location: East Greenbush Library

 

Valley Falls   RSVP HERE
Saturday, March 18 • 10 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Valley Falls Community Hall, 11 Charles Street, Valley Falls

 

Troy  RSVP HERE
Monday, April 3 • 5:30 - 8 pm
Location: RPI Cultural Center and Chapel

Light refreshments will be served, plus pizza at evening meetings and bagels at the Saturday meeting.

Questions: 518-659-5263.

Can’t make a meeting? Check out our online survey later this spring at www.renstrust.org.

The Community Values Meetings will be led in partnership with Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, with funding from the Hudson River Valley Greenway and from the Environmental Protection Fund through the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and the NYS Conservation Partnership Program.

 

Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Tour `e ko logic

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Join us for a unique tour of 'e ko logic, led by designer and owner, Kathleen Tesnakis. Learn about her environmentally sustainable process of designing and creating clothing and accessories from recycled cashmere. Through her process she saves 97% of the energy and chemicals required to make a virgin item by recycling post-consumer clothing. 'e ko logic is located in downtown Troy, NY.

Learn more about 'e ko logic HERE.

Register HERE

Julie Moore with questions at 607-220-8580 (cell).

Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Troy–Community Meeting for Conservation Plan

What do you love about living in Rensselaer County? The Rensselaer Land Trust wants to hear what places in Rensselaer County are important to you, and why. The Land Trust has received funding to develop a Conservation Plan for Rensselaer County that will identify the most important places to preserve for future generations. We are holding four Community Values Meetings around the County to gather local input from communities and residents on lands they value for recreation, scenic views, natural resources, wildlife, and quality of life.  Landowners, business owners, hikers, cyclists, hunters, skiers, snowmobilers, realtors, and anyone interested in the future of Rensselaer County’s landscapes and resources are encouraged to attend.  Come to one of the meetings to make sure your values help guide the Conservation Plan.

Community values meetings Schedule

Hoosick Falls–RSVP HERE
Thursday, February 16 • 6 - 8:30 pm
Location: HAYC3 Armory, 80 Church Street

 

East Greenbush RSVP HERE
Thursday, March 2 • 6 - 8:30 pm
Location: East Greenbush Library

 

Valley Falls   RSVP HERE
Saturday, March 18 • 10 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Valley Falls Community Hall

 

Troy  RSVP HERE
Monday, April 3 • 5:30 - 8 pm
Location: RPI Cultural Center and Chapel

Light refreshments will be served, plus pizza at evening meetings and bagels at the Saturday meeting.

Questions: 518-659-5263.

Can’t make a meeting? Check out our online survey later this spring at www.renstrust.org.

The Community Values Meetings will be led in partnership with Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, with funding from the Hudson River Valley Greenway and from the Environmental Protection Fund through the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and the NYS Conservation Partnership Program.

 

Monday, Apr 3, 2017 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Failure of Markets: How We Have Changed Our Natural World

"The Failure of Markets" Dr. John Gowdy, RPI Professor of Environmental Economics, presents how changing human activity is affecting the natural world through the two major transitions in our relationship with nature: agriculture and fossil fuels. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Using Solar Energy Even If You Thought You Couldn't!

Solarize Troy brings you new information on how you can use solar energy to decrease energy cost and be part of the climate change solution even if your home is not appropriate for solar panels. More than ever putting solar panels on your roof is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. But if for whatever reason your home isn’t suitable for on-site solar panels or if you’re a renter, there are now options with a recent change in New York State. Homeowners and renters can now own a share of an off-site solar panel installation and get nearly the same benefit on their power bills as if the panels were installed on-site. This informative presentation will cover the “shared solar” option and answer your questions about solar panels, on-site or otherwise. Presenter Kevin Carpenter, a solar energy enthusiast for many years and DEC employee, has built both passive solar and photovoltaic solutions for his home. He has been a key member of the Solarize Troy 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Learn Basic Mushroom Identification with Mycologist Sue Van Hook in the Classroom

Spend 1½ hours with mycologist Sue Van Hook learning the basics of mushroom identification and absorb Sue’s enthusiasm for the beauty and diversity of local mushrooms. Your walks in the woods will be changed forever as you begin to identify mushrooms you used to not even see. Registration fee is $10/person. Location: Shea Hall at Sage College in Troy. To register, contact Marcy Steinberg at marcygs@aol.com, (518) 674-2171.

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Tour of the Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living and Potluck Dinner

The Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living is a not-for-profit, farm-based educational center. Throughout the year they offer farm-based educational workshops, monthly community potlucks, and nature walks. Come see what’s happening at the farm, learn more about the programs they offer, and get a taste of what they’ve got growing!  Folks can also visit the farm stand where they offer grass-fed beef, organic eggs and veggies. Bring a dish to share at the group potluck dinner following the tour. Register by calling Thom Pecoraro at (413) 329-1400 or emailing thom@wyofarm.com.

 

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 3:45 pm
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Annual Meeting & Keynote Speaker–“The Transformative Impact of Trails and Greenspace on Communities”

$15 per person • RSVP by Tuesday, November 8.

Click here to register online.

Join the Rensselaer Land Trust at Brown’s Brewing Co.’s Revolution Hall  for their 29th Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m. The Land Trust will celebrate their 2016 accomplishments, review plans for next year, honor this year’s award recipients, hear a compelling presentation “The Transformative Impact of Trails and Greenspace on Communities” by Jeff Olson–keynote speaker, and enjoy good food and company.

2016 marks the first year that the Land Trust will be honoring two individuals in their inaugural annual awards program. This year’s recipients will be Francille Egbert receiving the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award and William Niemi receiving the William Niemi Conservation Leadership Award.

Fran EgbertFrancille Egbert has fostered the growth of the Land Trust over last 20 years with her endless dedication in volunteer work. Francille, a former board member continues to chair our Outings Committee and brings leadership to the Trail Crew as “Captain” working on numerous trails throughout the Rensselaer county making them accessible for everyone’s enjoyment. She is the Land Steward of Geiser Preserve and leads a variety public outings throughout the year. Francine recently assisted with the planning and implementation of the Land Trust’s 2016 New Website launch (renstrust.org).

Bill Niemi
William Niemi, a former board member, joined the Board of Directors in 1987, Rensselaer Land Trust’s first year.  He has been an instrumental force behind the Land Trust’s success. Niemi served as President for five years, as Vice President, and on multiple committees. Under William’s guidance and term as President, Rensselaer Land Trust brought GPS into their property monitoring process, hired their first Executive Director, achieved national accreditation, and acquired the Hoosic River Property in Eagle Bridge, a very complicated transaction that involved a private landowner, DEC's Fish &Wildlife, the New York Attorney General's office, the state's farmland protection office, and the USDA. William has organized and worked on all of the Land Trust’s Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Cleanup Volunteer Days.

 

Annual Mtg JeffOlsonKeynote speaker, Jeff Olson, an RPI Alumnis, architect, planner, and author who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living, and alternative mobility projects for more than 25 years. Jeff has had a diverse career with national, international, and local experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. This experience was recognized in 2014 by the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals with a Lifetime Achievement Award. His unique vision and leadership ability are important assets to projects ranging from regional planning to site-specific projects and programs. He is the co-founder of the Saratoga Springs Open Space Project, teaches America’s first university course in bicycle and pedestrian planning, and is Co-Director of the UAlbany Initiative for Healthy Infrastructure, which creates model plans connecting public works with public health. He is a frequent inspirational speaker at conferences, public meetings and other events and the author of the book “The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society.

 E-mail Questions to: Julie Moore

Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 4:00 pm
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Troy Victorian Stroll Concert with George Wilson & Open House

Swing by our office during Troy's Victorian Stroll and learn more about Rensselaer Land Trust. 

George Wilson photo croppedWe have the pleasure to present George Wilson, local renowned fiddler, multi-instrumental virtuoso, and singer. Wilson will perform a variety of traditional and folk styles to be enjoyed by all. He has mastered nearly 500 upbeat tunes from New England, Quebec, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland, and Shetland. Learn more about George Wilson here.

Free and open to the public.

Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Hoosick Falls–Community Meeting for Conservation Plan

What do you love about living in Rensselaer County? The Rensselaer Land Trust wants to hear what places in Rensselaer County are important to you, and why. The Land Trust has received funding to develop a Conservation Plan for Rensselaer County that will identify the most important places to preserve for future generations. We are holding four Community Values Meetings around the County to gather local input from communities and residents on lands they value for recreation, scenic views, natural resources, wildlife, and quality of life.  Landowners, business owners, hikers, cyclists, hunters, skiers, snowmobilers, realtors, and anyone interested in the future of Rensselaer County’s landscapes and resources are encouraged to attend.  Come to one of the meetings to make sure your values help guide the Conservation Plan.

Community values meetings Schedule

Hoosick Falls–RSVP HERE
Thursday, February 16 • 6 - 8:30 pm
Location: HAYC3 Armory, 80 Church Street

 

East Greenbush RSVP HERE
Thursday, March 2 • 6 - 8:30 pm
Location: East Greenbush Library

 

Valley Falls   RSVP HERE
Saturday, March 18 • 10 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Valley Falls Community Hall

 

Troy  RSVP HERE
Monday, April 3 • 5:30 - 8 pm
Location: RPI Cultural Center and Chapel

Light refreshments will be served, plus pizza at evening meetings and bagels at the Saturday meeting.

Questions: 518-659-5263.

Can’t make a meeting? Check out our online survey later this spring at www.renstrust.org.

The Community Values Meetings will be led in partnership with Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, with funding from the Hudson River Valley Greenway and from the Environmental Protection Fund through the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and the NYS Conservation Partnership Program.

 

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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East Greenbush–Community Meeting for Conservation Plan

What do you love about living in Rensselaer County? The Rensselaer Land Trust wants to hear what places in Rensselaer County are important to you, and why. The Land Trust has received funding to develop a Conservation Plan for Rensselaer County that will identify the most important places to preserve for future generations. We are holding four Community Values Meetings around the County to gather local input from communities and residents on lands they value for recreation, scenic views, natural resources, wildlife, and quality of life.  Landowners, business owners, hikers, cyclists, hunters, skiers, snowmobilers, realtors, and anyone interested in the future of Rensselaer County’s landscapes and resources are encouraged to attend.  Come to one of the meetings to make sure your values help guide the Conservation Plan.

Community values meetings Schedule

Hoosick Falls–RSVP HERE
Thursday, February 16 • 6 - 8:30 pm
Location: HAYC3 Armory, 80 Church Street

 

East Greenbush RSVP HERE
Thursday, March 2 • 6 - 8:30 pm
Location: East Greenbush Library

 

Valley Falls   RSVP HERE
Saturday, March 18 • 10 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Valley Falls Community Hall

 

Troy  RSVP HERE
Monday, April 3 • 5:30 - 8 pm
Location: RPI Cultural Center and Chapel

Light refreshments will be served, plus pizza at evening meetings and bagels at the Saturday meeting.

Questions: 518-659-5263.

Can’t make a meeting? Check out our online survey later this spring at www.renstrust.org.

The Community Values Meetings will be led in partnership with Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, with funding from the Hudson River Valley Greenway and from the Environmental Protection Fund through the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and the NYS Conservation Partnership Program.

 

Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Tour

Always wanted to see behind the stage and scenes of the Historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall?  Join us for a private backstage tour.  The historic Music Hall was designed by George B. Post and built in 1875.  It is a designated National Historic Landmark and is known throughout the world for its near perfect acoustics.  Limited to 20 people.

Register HERE

Or call Bob Crowley at 518-396-6614

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Learn Basic Mushroom Identification

Spend 1½ hours with mycologist Sue Van Hook learning the basics of mushroom identification and absorb Sue’s enthusiasm for the beauty and diversity of local mushrooms. Your walks in the woods will be changed forever as you begin to identify mushrooms you never noticed before.
 
Cost is $10 per person. 

Register HERE.

 

Workshop contact: e-mail Marcy Steinberg or (518) 674-2171

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Top Ten Edible Non-Gilled Mushrooms

Due to the overwhelming interest in our mushroom workshop held in May we are offering a second mushroom lecture presented by mycologist Sue Van Hook.  Come learn about ten mushrooms you can safely pick and eat from the forest.


Come early to sign-in so the lecture can start promptly at 7:00 pm.

Location: Cowee IV conference room, Russell Sage Troy Campus on 1st St
Registration fee:  $10 per person. This workshop is limited, please register ASAP.

Register online HERE.

To register by email contact Marcy Steinberg or call 518-928-2038

For more information contact Marcy Steinberg.

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Sap to Syrup — A Family Tradition of Maple Syruping Presented by Kent Goodermote

Kent Goodermote from Kent's Sugar House will talk about the process of making maple syrup, from tree sap collection to boiling into the finished table product.

Kent learned the skill of sugarmaking from his grandfather, Al Goodermote.  Kent has been boiling sap at his shack on Plank Road for some 43 years.  In that time his passion for syruping has turned into a seasonal business with his partner, Todd Hewitt.

$5 donation.

Visit Kent’s Sugarhouse, on one of two Maple Weekends at 2529 Plank Road in Berlin.   (March 17th, 18th, and 24th, 25th) There you will see how the old timers used to gather and make syrup and how the production process has changed today to a computerized system.  Samples of syrup and the famous Maple Popcorn will be available for purchase. In addition to syrup, there is maple cream, sugar and candy, as well as many other maple items for sale. 

Thursday, Mar 8, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Visit and Tour of Skinner’s Sugarbush

Program starts with short lecture by Larry Skinner on his experiences in collecting and boiling sap starting with simple buckets and spiles, to vacuum tubing in use today. Tour will include walk in the bush with a forester discussing sugarbush forest management. Tour will conclude with visit to Larry’s nearby evaporation and final process system.  Maple products will be available.

Children are especially welcome.

Questions? E-mail Dick Gibbs

 

Skinner's Sugarbush
245 Hidley Rd.
Wynantskill, NY

 

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Stream Sampling Results:  Will Wading in This Stream Make Me Sick?-

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

RLTl Basin Map large copyThe Rensselaer Land Trust will share results of data collected by citizen science volunteers from 18 stream sites in Rensselaer County.  The presentation intends to improve community knowledge, awareness and stewardship about local water resources.  Find out if you should be letting your kids (or your pet dog) wade in local streams, and learn how you can make a difference in your watershed.

In 2017 the Rensselaer Land Trust's Citizen Science Volunteers collected water samples from streams in Rensselaer County communities. These efforts were a component of the RLTs Hudson River Estuary Grant Project: “Will Wading in This Stream Make Me Sick?" As part of this project RLT recruited and trained citizen scientists to collect water samples from 18 sites along five tributaries of the Hudson River for enterococcus levels. A sub-set of sampling determined levels of emergent compounds at sites with high enterococcus levels.

Enterococcus is a fecal-indicating bacterium in which studies conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showed to be a very good predictor of illness in all waters (marine and fresh waters. Our study design also includes a sub-set of samples to be analyzed for the presence of emergent compounds such as pharmaceuticals, hormones, endocrine disrupters where high levels of enterococcus is found.

We are working to characterize existing conditions, identify and prioritize problems, and further assist municipalities in identifying specific water quality problems for targeted monitoring and analysis. The data recently collected on enterococcus bacteria levels and emergent compounds found at locations throughout the watershed is intended to increase public awareness of water quality conditions.

TO REVIEW THE EACH STREAM SITE'S REPORT CARDS CLICK HERE.

Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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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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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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