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Since 1987

As of January 1, 2024, the Rensselaer Land Trust has merged with the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. For all questions regarding donations, events, land, or other matters, please visit or call 518-712-9211. For questions about the merger, use extension 101 to speak with Jim Bonesteel. You can expect a new name and logo for our merged organization by Spring / Summer 2024 and a new website by the end of the year!

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Wynants Kill

The Wynants Kill watershed is made up of the lands draining into the Wynants Kill and its tributaries. The Wynants Kill flows into the Hudson River in South Troy, and the watershed extends upstream to the area around Burden Lake, and to the scenic assemblage of lakes in Sand Lake that includes Crooked Lake, Crystal Lake, and Glass Lake.

Much of the watershed's surface is made up of sand and gravel deposited by the last retreating glacier, and now the source of the area's numerous gravel mines. The Wynants Kill was the most important stream for industrial power in Rensselaer County in the late 1800s. At Burden Falls along the Wynants Kill in South Troy, the Burden Iron Company built what was then the world's largest waterwheel, 60 feet in diameter. 

The Rensselaer Land Trust's only city preserve, the John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve, is along the shores of the Wynants Kill in South Troy.