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April 7, 2018

Invasive Plants Workshop and Workday (April 7, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

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.

April 14, 2018

10th Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-Up: Volunteer Day (April 14, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

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

April 21, 2018

Amphibian Walk (April 21, 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

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.

April 28, 2018

Invasive Plant Workshop (April 28, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

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.

April 29, 2018

Stream Sampling Results:  Will Wading in This Stream Make Me Sick? (April 29, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)

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.

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