Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 | info@rensselaerplateau.org

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

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

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The Team

Jim Bonesteel

Executive Director

jim@rensselaerplateau.org

A favorite place on the Plateau:

The hemlock swamp on Lt. Col. Gundrum land / Teal Pond Tract

Contact Jim:

  • If you are interested in conserving your land or know of land that should be conserved

  • With comments, questions or concerns that other staff are unable to address

  • With questions about Planned Giving or Donations of Stock

"Conservation is the application of common sense to the common problems for the common good."

- Gifford Pinchot

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Molly Freiberg

Community Engagement Associate

molly@rensselaerplateau.org

Look for Molly:

Cross-country skiing, walking, reading on the porch, being as close as possible to the ocean, enjoying the present moment in the forest, learning from all kinds of experts out in the field, getting-lost-but-not-too-lost.

A favorite place on the plateau:

I want people to know about the wetland on the Homestead Trail in Albert Family Community Forest.

You can stand at the edge of it in the cold, early spring and hear the first spring peepers of the season proclaiming the end of winter. 

Contact Molly:

  • If you want to figure out how you fit in with RPA and about our current community offerings

  • If you would like to talk about possibilities for partnership on a project 

  • If you have an idea about how to solve a community problem through conservation or need help
    with a community project 

  • If you are curious about Mindful Nature Walks or other nature-based health and self-care activities

"Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when

you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into

a sacred bond."

- Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Annie Jacobs

Communications Director

annie@rensselaerplateau.org

Look for Annie:

Walking slowly through the forest, swimming, climbing trees, farming and gardening

A favorite place on the Plateau:

It would have to be tied between Grafton Forest and the Poestenkill Community Forest's Big Beaver Bog! 

Contact Annie if you:

  • Have conservation stories to share

  • Want to help with social media

  • Would like to contribute photographs or articles to RPA's newsletters. 

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us,

the less taste we shall have for destruction."

- Rachel Carson

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Amanda McCreary

Program Coordinator, Rensselaer Youth Outdoors

amanda.ryo.coordinator@gmail.com

Look for Amanda:

Setting trail cameras and building fairy houses

A favorite place on the Plateau:

The Leopold bench overlooking Newcomb Pond at Dyken Pond

Contact Amanda to learn more about: 

  • Fun outdoor activities to do with your kids

  • Nature programs or field trips for your classroom

  • Volunteer work for your scout troop or other youth group

 

"Just living is not enough...one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

- Hans Christian Andersen

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Dan Morse

Volunteer, Program, and Outreach Manager​

dan@rensselaerplateau.org

Look for Dan:

Spending time in the woods, snowshoeing, and kayaking

A favorite place on the Plateau:

The hemlock swamp at Poestenkill Community Forest

Contact Dan to learn more about:

  • Volunteering with RPA

  • RPA programs and outings

  • Building connections between RPA and your organization or business

"When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

- Aldo Leopold