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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: The mission of the rensselaer land trust is to conserve the open spaces, watersheds and natural habitats of rensselaer county for the benifit of our communities and future generations.

Geographic areas served: Rensselaer County, New York

Programs: Easements: a large part of the organizations activities involves negotiations between governmental and private parties to establish easements within rensselaer county. These efforts result in land easements, providing public fishing access and preservation of water quality non-point pollution sources. The primary costs associated with these undertakings has been the time invested by our executive director and staff.

wetlands and forest protection: rlt works together with private landowners and municipalities on wetlands and forest protection initiatives. We also hold in fee nature preserves composed of forests and wetlands. One of our priorities is watershed protection. Our work in protecting drinking water quality and quantity focuses on protecting and conserving wetlands and forest areas that filter and buffer drinking water sources, insulate the larger landscape from flooding, provide public recreational opportunities, and protect wildlife habitats and wildlife diversity. Additionally, we work to protect forestland as working forests. Quality drinking water, wetlands and forest lands are vital to the health and welfare of rensselaer county.

land stewardship: maintained properties and easements on approximately 790 acres of conservation land in rensselaer county.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rensselaer Land Trust conserves land and natural treasures and is accredited by its national organization. Many folks volunteer and take part. It is small but mighty and has done great work! I'm proud to be part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a donor to Rensselaer Land Trust and a volunteer. Rensselaer Land Trust not only preserves land for future generations, it provides a sense of community and love for the land through hikes and other activities. The organization does a great deal with very little money. I highly recommend it for recognition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has gone great lengths to help the community and the environment. Besides hosting great events, workshops, and meetings, the Rensselaer Land Trust has been helping land owners preserve their property for over 25 years. This past year (2014) was exceptionally exciting because RLT reached over 1,000 acres of conservation in Rensselaer County. I'm happy to be involved in this organization and recommend it to any nature lovers in the area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Rensselaer Land Trust for a little over a year as a volunteer and have found the staff, board, volunteers, and donors to be active, committed, and dedicated to the agency's mission . Preservation of lands and water and improvement of access have been ongoing accomplishments by this energetic and committed group. The organization strives to reach out to the public to provide opportunities to get involved and learn of resources offered in Rensselaer County lands.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to the RLT for many years and recently started volunteering. I decided to volunteer because the group is dedicated to preserving land near my home and because the group and the executive director appoach this task in such a positive way. The complexity of land donation, conservation easements, opening natural areas to the public and managing an organization with limited funds is challenging. This group takes on these challenges with open heartedness and intelligence and a friendly smile.

Linda73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband, Drew, and I are also donors to this wonderful Land Trust. The benefits to the land and to the people of Rensselaer County cannot be extolled enough. The projects are many and we cannot thank enough the people who work these events, who plan these events and those who do all the "behind the scenes" work. Every person in our County should be ever grateful for this Trust saving our land for future generations. We also thank those who donate land to this Trust.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Rensselaer Land Trust is a small, mostly volunteer organization that has done an outstanding job preserving green space in Rensselaer County, NY. Last year I and other members and friends cleaned up around a local reservoir, planted trees on a Trust owned property on a beautiful rural river and cleaned up a private dump on a newly purchased property on a lovely trout stream. I have also volunteered to be a Land Steward at another Trust forever-wild site. The Trust has a variety of educational and recreational programs, as well. I very much enjoyed the hike to learn about forest wildflowers presented by a local veterinarian last year, for example.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a great time with RLT. Every outing the group has is educational and fun, and makes a large difference in the local community. I can't wait to do more work with this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a great organization which not only protects and preserves ecologically and culturally important land but also educates the public about conservation. Despite being a relatively small non-profit, it is fully accredited.

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