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Huyck Preserve Awarded Grant to Hire Ranger

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 6/7/24 | 6/7/24

RENSSELAERVILLE - The Huyck Preserve has been awarded a Professional Development Grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York's Environmental Protection Fund in the amount of $56,475 that will help fund the first three years of a new Seasonal Ranger position. The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

This grant supports land trusts working to strengthen programs by adding staff. The new Seasonal Ranger will spend six months at the Preserve each year (from mid-May to mid-November), serving as an important point of contact with visitors, ensuring protection of the Huyck Preserve’s natural and cultural resources, promoting responsible recreation, and enhancing understanding of the Preserve’s resources and its mission.

Jakob Greenwood has been hired to serve as the Preserve’s first Seasonal Ranger. Jakob is a recent graduate from SUNY Albany with a B.S. in Environmental Science and minors in Biology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Preparedness. Jakob is no stranger to the Huyck Preserve, having served as one of its Seasonal Invasive Species Assistants in 2023 and having completed an internship with the Preserve in his final semester at UAlbany. We are thrilled to have Jakob as our first Seasonal Ranger and hope you will welcome him on the trails, at the Visitors' Center, or at an upcoming event.

Upcoming Events

June 9 Read + Hike Club

2-3:30pm at Eldridge Research Center, 284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville.

Come discuss themes of ecology and humanity’s relationship with nature with other book and nature lovers in this reading and hiking club. Each meeting, they will go on a leisurely hike with stopping points for book discussion.

June book selection: The Mind of a Bee by Lars Chittka

June 22 Beach Opens and S'mores with Ranger Jakob

1-8pm at Lake Myosotis Swim Beach off Pond Hill Road.

Huyck Preserve members, grab your 2024 beach pass and come swimming. Meet Ranger Jakob as he serves up s'mores starting at 6:30pm.

June 29 Annual Huyck Preserve Membership Meeting

1:30pm at Eldridge Research Center, 284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville.

All current Huyck Preserve members are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting. Meet with board members and staff, cast your vote at the annual board election, and learn more about current and future happenings at the Preserve.

Annual Meeting Guest Presentation

Craig Frank, Ph.D., Fordham University

The Resistance of Three Bat Species to White-nose Syndrome

in the Northeast

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