Welcome to Hilltown Strong

Let's keep our rural community quiet and safe

Welcome to Hilltown Strong

Let's keep our rural community quiet and safe

April 16: Non profit status for Hilltown Strong completed

Our incorporation as a non-profit and the related bank account is activated, so the donations button below is now functioning.  Any donation will definitely help us fight this $436M/year state agency. 

Our legal costs in the first round were over $10K. In this next round, the fight will likely include some consultant/engineering costs.

Last week we received a very generous pledge of $1,000 from a neighbor!  Amazing donations like this should be sent directly to our attorney, contact donations@hilltownstrong.org for information.

PS We have a new update in Media Coverage, the range fight is covered in the April 12 Greenville Pioneer and placed below the fold just under the duck story!  :)

Donations Section

April 13: Lead found in Range water outflows

PARKS water sampling is showing lead in the range runoff going straight to Fox Creek, a class C (TS) trout spawning stream.  The high level was 177 ug/L (ppb)....drinking water maximum is 15 ug/L

Lead Contamination

April 12: EIS Scope Comments finalized and delivered!

We've seen some other citizen's comments and they are awesome; well researched and strong.  Looking forward to working with these great people on the next phase of PARKS EIS.

Our comments went through final legal review and the updated comments are published below.

Our Comments Document

About Us

Quiet life in Rensselaerville or Expansive Gun Range?

HIlltown Strong is a community based organization focused on keeping our rural life safe and peaceful.  

The NYS Park Police are intent on re-opening and expanding a very large shooting facility on a very small property. 

The intense shooting from the Park Police range built in 2017:

• ruined the existing tranquility of the area

• endangered our groundwater

• endangered trout streams

• devastated property values

In response, we sued them under Article 78.  Use of the range was ended by the 2018 lawsuit settlement, but now the 

Park Police want to reopen the range and add a Shoot House.

Information on Parks shooting range

What can I do?

Look at the extensive documentation at Hilltown Strong - including the PARKS EIS Scope document - and decide if a new shooting range is a good fit in the existing community.   Consider the effects the range may have on the local community, housing, land use, aesthetics, and cultural values. 

Email or call State Assembly and Senate members and let them know what you think about this range. They need to hear from you.

 Whether you help through monetary donations, contacting our State politicians, volunteering your time, or spreading the word,

 thank you. 

We can't accomplish our goals without your help!


Channel 10 Coverage of Public Meeting


News 10 ABC

Louis Finley from News 10 ABC came to the public meeting on March 27 and delivers an excellent short segment, link below.

news 10 ABC coverage


Stop PARKS from opening this range. Get in the fight.

Any amount appreciated! 100% going to Legal/Technical work.


Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Every dollar donated will go towards our ongoing participation in the SEQR process related to the Park Police Gun Range.  To date, that is legal costs.  As this process unfolds, we will likely need our own experts and consultants to help evaluate and respond to Parks studies. 

If you'd prefer to donate by check, or have any questions, please contact us at donations@hilltownstrong.org

If, by some small chance, PARKS comes to their senses and abandons plans for the range without additional legal or consulting costs, all donations will be refunded. 

No donated money goes to our volunteers or directors. All of Hilltown Strong's administrative costs is paid by the directors.

Painting by Susan Story, www.susanmstory.com

Park Police Range Details page

Park police range