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  • Annie Jacobs

Family Gift Preservs 153 acres on Rensselaer Plateau in Petersburgh

Times Union November 6, 2022

PETERSBURGH – Donna Simms watched Saturday as the pile of illegally discarded farm tires pulled out of the woods by 50 Rensselaer Plateau Alliance volunteers grew, along with stacked up remnants of buildings, metal and machines that were also hauled out.

“This is amazing. It’s just wonderful,” Simms said.

Simms donated an undisclosed sum to Rensselaer Plateau Alliance's Forests Forever Campaign to preserve the 153 acres off Dill Brook that had grown to have a special significance to her late husband Robert Simms and their son, Nate Simms. Over the decades they had come out from Troy to enjoy the plateau’s woods, marshes, creeks and overall escape into nature.

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