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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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Schodack Creek

The Schodack Creek watershed is made up of the lands draining into Schodack Creek and its tributaries, including the Muitzes Kill, in the southwestern corner of Rensselaer County and adjacent Columbia County. Schodack Creek separates Schodack Island on the west from the mainland on the east. Schodack Island was originally five separate islands in the Hudson, but filling the channels with dredge spoils has joined the islands and the mainland together to form a peninsula between the Hudson and Schodack Creek.

The Hudson River and Schodack Creek, while freshwater, are tidal here, and serve as a major nursery for fish. Eighty‐six species of birds, including bald eagle, have been observed in the extensive floodplain forests and tidal wetlands at Schodack Island State Park.