Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 |

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

Office: 17 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018

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Community Forests


A Community Forest is a community-managed forested area that provides benefits to the local community, such as timber harvest management training, educational programs for adults and children, and recreational opportunities. With great support from the community, the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance has developed two Community Forests, one in Poestenkill and one in East Nassau.


Learn about YOUR Community Forests!


1. Economic Benefits: Economic development opportunities through tourism; Raising awareness of importance of local forest products industry.


2. Education Benefits: Demonstration forest to provide vocational training to New York State loggers; Demonstration forest to provide education to landowners for best management practices, developmentof stewardship plans or the timber harvesting process; Science education for children and adults, such as mammal tracking or water quality testing; Woods walks and historic hikes.


3. Recreation Benefits: Various recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, orienteering, fishing, etc.


4. Environmental Benefits: Protection of high quality natural communities and the ecosystem servicesthey provide, such as clean air, clean water, stormwater management or flood resiliency; Add to important contiguous forest block providing wildlife habitat and facilitating species movement.

Support Provided By:


Donate to the Community Forest


of your donation goes directly to the Community Forest

OR Donate by Check:


Make Check Payable to 

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance


Mail to:

PO Box 790

Averill Park, NY 12018


Please note on the check that your donation should be directed to the Community Forest

The Community Forest capital campaign is well underway with over $250,000 already raised. We need your help to raise the remaining $200,000. Please support this unique resource for the Rensselaer Plateau.

Gift of Support ◆ $50

Gift of Support ◆ $100

Gift of Support ◆ $250

Gift of Support ◆ $500

Gift of Support ◆ $1000

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For convenience monthly recurring donations are an option


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"Glad to support such a beautiful,

local resource"

-Ira Baumgarten


"The Community Forest is such an essential resource. I implore others to support the RPA in making this goal a reality!" 

-Jaron Kuppers

Community Forest Wish List

  • 4-wheel ATV

  • Trailer for the ATV

  • 4-wheel drive tractor (with loader on the front)

  • Black Locust Logs (for stakes)

  • Tools such as pruners, loppers, saws, shovels, hand tools, trail maintenance tools, axes, chain saws

RPA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization; your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. A copy of the latest financial report filed with the NYS Department of State may be obtained by writing NYS Department of State, Office of Charities Registration, Albany, NY, 12232 or the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. EIN: 94-3444825; for more information see the RPA annual report online. It is the policy of the RPA to provide equal opportunity in employment for all persons and to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age, sexual orientation or status as a parent.