Conservation Land Stewardship Program
Town of Chatham Conservation Division Launches Conservation Land Stewardship Program
With approximately 1,000 acres of land to care for, the Town of Chatham Conservation Division is looking for people who wish to become more involved in their public lands. Volunteers are sought for the new Conservation Land Stewardship Program which aims to engage the public and connect citizens to conservation properties. Stewards will help keep an eye on the public lands.
Each Land Steward will be assigned to a specific town-owned conservation property, for example, Training Field Triangle. Each Land Steward will be responsible for monitoring their adopted conservation property which means the steward will inspect the property at least four times a year.
A training workshop will be held on October 24th, 2 to 4 pm or 6 to 8 pm at the Community Center, for prospective Land Stewards to provide instruction on how to read property maps, what observations to document, and how to fill out report forms. Additional workshops will be held throughout the year on various topics such as plant identification, wildlife tracking, etc.
During property visits, Land Stewards will document property use and site conditions by filling out a two-page report form. Some pertinent observations include illegal dumping, downed trees, trails in need of maintenance, etc.
Do you live near a conservation property and walk it regularly? Well then, you would be a perfect candidate for the Conservation Land Steward program. Land Stewards can also be a team of people from a business, scout troop, or other civic organization.
The best management of the Town's conservation areas requires volunteers. If you like to walk the conservation trails, want to know more about the local ecology and are interested in contributing to the well-being and preservation of our wild areas, please contact Lara Slifka, Assistant Conservation Agent or Kristin Andres, Conservation Agent at the Town of Chatham Conservation Division. Phone: 508-945-5164 or email.
See if you live near a Town of Chatham Conservation Property and to find out more about being a Conservation Land Steward. It will be a rewarding experience!