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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Geology at Kinderhook Creek Preserve (July 13, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Naturalist Series

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series! Bill Kelly, retired New York State Geologist, will lead us on an approximately 1.5 mile walk to discuss the rocks and landforms of the Preserve, which is located on an outlier of the Rensselaer Plateau.  He will outline the geologic history of the Taconic Mountains and how the rocks of the Preserve fit into that history.    We will walk on trails that are in part quite steep so good boots with non-slip soles are important. 

Meet at the parking lot of the Kinderhook Creek Preserve in East Nassau.

Register in advance here. Questions? Contact David Gaskell at donation of $5.

Resources for this outing are listed below and can also be found here along with learning goals.


The Rensselaer Grit Plateau in New York by T. Nelson Dale

The Rise and Fall of the Taconic Mountains: a geological history of eastern New York by Donald Fisher


Taconic Crest Trail in One Year (July 13, 2019 9:00 am - 10:00 am)

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Southeast Hollow to Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain, 7.2 miles.

Leader: Martha Waldman 

A scenic ascent up Southeast Hollow along a woodland stream to the Crest Trail, then ups and downs along the ridge of Misery Mountain, and ending with a steep descent to Mattison Hollow and its waterfalls and streams. This is a strenuous hike with 1500 feet of elevation gain in a couple miles, and another four shorter ascents along Misery Mountain. You must register in advance.


Sponsored by RLT, RPA and Taconic Hiking Club


We will hike the entire 37 miles of the Taconic Crest Trail over the course of the year in six separate trips. This beautiful ridge-top trail winds through New York, Massachusetts, and a corner of Vermont, from North Petersburg to near New Lebanon, passing by the renowned Snow Hole and over Rensselaer County’s highest peak. With about 7000 feet of both 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.

All hikes have long steep uphill and/or downhill sections over rocky ground. Wear boots or sturdy shoes. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Prepare for cool and windy conditions. 

All hikes start at 9 am. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Please register here.

Fifth Annual Water Chestnut Pull (July 13, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm)


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. 

Register online in advance here to receive free lunch.

Date:  Saturday July 13, 9 to 3 Rain or Shine

Location:  Johnsonville, NY

Time:  9-4 – but partial day commitments are also welcome

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.

Job 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.

Contact/Register:  Kristina Younger, or 518-527-6577.

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