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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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Moordener Kill

The Moordener Kill watershed is made up of the lands draining into the Moordener Kill and its tributaries, including the North Branch. The Moordener Kill flows into the Hudson River just north of Castleton‐on‐Hudson, and the watershed extends upstream through the Town of Schodack into East Greenbush and Sand Lake.

A high‐quality kettlehole bog is in this watershed at Mud Pond Preserve, owned by the Rensselaer Land Trust. Mud Pond is a small bog lake surrounded by a narrow, floating peat mat (a habitat called inland poor fen), in turn surrounded by a black spruce‐tamarack bog. Only plants adapted to living in acidic, nutrient‐poor conditions are found in these habitats.