Off the Beaten Path: Featherweald Nature Reserve

CAMBRIDGE, NY (NEWS10) – In October, Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) has announced the official opening of its Featherweald Nature Reserve in Cambridge. From two miles of wooded trails to scenic views of the Hoosic River, this new nature preserve is ready to be explored.

The 44-acre protected area is owned, created and maintained by RLT and its volunteers. In three months, more than 40 volunteers dedicated a total of more than 500 hours to prepare the reserve for the enjoyment of the public.

“I find it very encouraging to be involved in a community of kindred spirits who see the value in such conservation projects and bring ideas to life. RLT can act as a facilitator for such ventures, but it takes the whole community to make them happen. We should all be both grateful and just a little proud of what we are able to accomplish together. Featherweald Nature Preserve is proof of that. Come and enjoy this wonderful place! said Bob Crowley, Chairman of RLT’s Board of Directors.

Featherweald Nature Preserve was donated to RLT in 2018 by Mrs. Lisa Lindquist, Mrs. Ilse Godfrey and Mr. Craig Johnson in memory of their parents, Kenneth and Nancy Johnson.

The property was donated to RLT in order to protect “the biodiversity on the property and to honor Kenneth and Nancy Johnson’s long-standing enjoyment of the property and their commitment to sharing its wonders”.

A total of 230 species of biota have been observed at Featherweald Preserve, including 171 plants, 54 animals and five fungi.

Featherweald Nature Preserve is located at 187 County Route 59, Cambridge, NY 12816. Off-road parking is available on the lot near the Preserve road sign.

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