Stewardship

Stewardship Program

The Land Trust needs accurate information to fulfill its mission and to create credibility and support for sound conservation land practices. Stewards are the eyes and ears of the Land Trust. Stewards monitor the conditions of the particular land trust preserve they are responsible for; they are the neighborhood representatives.

Stewards are encouraged to visit their parcel regularly. Responsibilities at present consist of a yearly report with other updates as needed.

Our Stewardship Program

There are a number of specific components to the Wintonbury Land

Trust conservation stewardship program.  These include:

  • Creating a baseline property report
  • Property administration
  • Monitoring
  • Landowner relations
  • Community relations
  • Easement administration and enforcement

Each component of the program plays a critical role in assuring the Land Trust fulfills its obligations to those who have placed lands in our care.

Recordkeeping

Our commitment to land preservation cannot be met unless we also manage our program to keep track of the status and condition of the lands we protect. Therefore, we also:

  • Document the condition of lands by completing a baseline property report
  • Monitor the condition of the property over time
  • Maintain accurate records regarding each property and easement accepted by the Land Trust

Funding

The Wintonbury Land Trust has created a dedicated stewardship fund to cover the ongoing, long-term costs associated with monitoring and managing our portfolio of properties. As an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, the Land Trust strives to be as efficient and effective as possible in using these funds to support our ongoing stewardship activities. Contributions to the fund are always needed.

Contact the Wintonbury Land Trust for information on how to support our stewardship work.

Photos all by Dennis Hubbs

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