Stronger Communities Through Conservation
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In 2006, a small group of neighbors banded together to conserve the Rensselaer Plateau, a 118,000-acre forested region in Eastern New York. By 2020, they conserved more than 12,000 acres on the Rensselaer Plateau.
But the challenge is far from over.
With development pressure rising in Rensselaer County...
climate change impacting our towns and cities...
an increased need for access to nature...
the next decade will be critical.
For the Human Spirit
Just a short drive from Albany and Troy, NY and Bennington, VT, you can find miles of trails, community forests, accessible trails, and places to play, learn, and unwind.
“The beautiful community forests so accessible to the entire Capital District really make one feel like they are miles from civilization.”
- Susan Poisson-Dollar and Jerry Dollar
For Climate Resilience
Large, connected forests and wetlands sequester carbon and will allow wildlife to move as the climate warms. The Plateau’s 3,000 + acres of wetlands absorb flood waters like a sponge.
“One of the most direct ways for individuals to make a positive impact on climate change is to help preserve open spaces, forests and water.”
- Kevin & Mary Albert
Jim de Waal Malefyt
For Clean Air & Water, and Healthy Wildlife
The Rensselaer Plateau’s forests and wetlands protect our drinking water and keep our air clean and support the many birds, plants, and animals that call this beautiful region home. Sensitive and rare species rely on the diverse habitats on the plateau.
“I believe that the Capital Region is rising to the next level of cultural and economic success. That is why I support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau — our natural areas are essential to healthy and successful communities.”
- Chet Opalka
Connecting the forest pieces
for a healthy landscape
The Forests Forever Campaign seeks to conserve adjacent lands to create a large, intact forestland across the Rensselaer Plateau.
This is a representation of the possible ways to
a corridor of conservation.
Properties in dark green are lands conserved by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.
Properties in light green are lands conserved by other organizations.
Properties in orange are a few of the lands we are currently conserving through this campaign.
*This map is a concept and not a literal representation*
Share our Vision
Imagine that you could plan a Rensselaer Plateau thru-hike - walking from East Nassau to Pittstown without leaving conserved land...
What if wildlife like moose and bobcat had a corridor of uninterrupted forest to safely move through - from one side of the Rensselaer Plateau to the other - without having to cross human developments?
On the Rensselaer Plateau
“Forests Forever is truly a legacy project. It’s something we can leave to our community, to our children... We as a community have the opportunity to create this kind of legacy in our own backyards.”
- Jim Slavin,
Forests Forever Campaign Chair
The Forest Forever Campaign will raise 2 million dollars in a three-year active campaign.
The campaign will support the acquisition of important forestland on the Rensselaer Plateau and establish an endowment for long-term land management and stewardship.
Campaign Chair James Slavin
Honorary Co-Chair Chet Opalka
Honorary Co-Chair Kathy Jimino
Campaign Manager Bay Habshey
To learn more, reach out to
Jim Bonesteel at Jim@rensselaerplateau.org
Bay Habshey at Bay@rensselaerplateau.org