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.
Rensselaer Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Rensselaer Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Rensselaer Land Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.
The Rensselaer Land Trust not only preserves areas that are unique, sensitive, or otherwise of historic, archaeologic, or agriculturally significant, they use these spaces for educating the public about its mission about the natural habitat of that particular area. They sponsor day trips that are designed to enlighten and inform using the significant features of the preserved area and the expertise of its members. The best method to gain support for RLT and its mission is through education.