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Sept 11, 7pm, Public Meeting for the Establishment of a Rensselaer Plateau Community Forest details...
Sept 14 & 15, 4th Annual Plateau Traverse Hike details...
Fridays all summer long, 5:30pm Friday Field Group details...

Sept 11, Weds 7pm - Public Meeting for the Establishment of a Rensselaer Plateau Community Forest

Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton (741 Taborton Road, Sand Lake, NY 12153)
Cost: Free - dessert provided

We at the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance intend to facilitate the establishment of a Community Forest on the Rensselaer Plateau. The RPA seeks to establish a Community Forest Committee, and is reaching out to our members to request your help in this important venture.

A Community Forest is a community-managed forested area owned by a municipality or another organization that provides benefits to the local community, such as management for timber harvesting, educational programs for adults and children, and recreational opportunities.

A public meeting, co-sponsored by the Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton, will be held on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. the Zion Church’s Meeting Hall (741 Taborton Road, Sand Lake, NY 12153). The meeting will provide additional information about community forests and the responsibilities of the committee. To establish a Community Forest, the Committee will work together on a variety of tasks, such as identifying appropriate land, creating a plan for long-term management costs and funding sources, and developing educational programs. Attending this meeting would not require that you join the committee, but at the end of the meeting, you will have the opportunity to become a member of the Community Forest Committee.

Please consider joining the RPA in this important and valuable community venture. We hope to see you at the meeting.

Sept 14 & 15 - Sat & Sun, 4th Annual Plateau Traverse Hike

Hike the Vision
Cost: $5/day suggested donation to offset fuel costs - Preregistration is Required

Cosponsored by the Friends of Dyken Pond, the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, the Rensselaer Land Trust and Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area

This is your chance to see some beautiful areas of the Plateau that are not open to the public. (last year we received permission from 21 private landowners). Become a Plateau End to Ender or join us for just one day. As part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble we will meet at Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area and take shuttles to the north escarpement of the Plateau in Pittstown or Hoosick. We will hike south back to Pineridge. Participants can then set up a tent to camp for the night and enjoy an evening cooking, eating and sitting around the campfire. In the morning on Sunday we will continue our journey south to southern escarpment of the Plateau. At the end of the day we will be met by shuttles that will bring us back to Pineridge to pick up our cars.

Preregistration is required. Please e-mail info@rensselaerplateau.org or call Jim at (518) 794-9160.

This will be a very strenuous hike with some off trail bushwhacking and significant elevation change. We will be traveling approximately 15 miles each day. Participants must be in excellent physical condition.

Participants are welcome to camp with a camper or tent on Friday and Saturday night at Pineridge. We will have a campfire each night, will be cooking dinner on Saturday evening and breakfast on Sunday morning.

Fridays all summer long, 5:30pm Friday Field Group

Join a group of experts for a foray into a different natural area each Friday.
Cost: Free

Join a group of botany and ecology experts including our very own Dr. David Hunt each Friday evening at 5:30. Not every trip is on the plateau but those that are will be visiting some very special places this year. View the Schedule.

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