At the center of Capitol Land Trust’s mission is an on-going, perpetual responsibility to steward our conserved properties. As part of this responsibility, we visit each property at least once a year to document its condition and interesting features, and to see if anything is compromising the property’s conservation values.
Volunteer Land Stewards play an integral role in our commitment to monitoring all of our properties annually. They make a multi-year commitment to a specific property and accompany CLT staff to visit that property. During the visit, the Land Steward helps make observations, and takes notes and photographs. Following the monitoring visit, the Land Steward fills in a monitoring report form, which is then used to create a final monitoring report.
The time commitment involved in being a Land Steward is quite small: a little time prior to the monitoring visit to review the previous year’s monitoring report; a portion of a day for the monitoring visit; and an hour or so after the visit to fill out the monitoring report form. In return, land stewards get to visit unique and beautiful natural areas, farms, ranches, and timberlands that usually are not open to the public, while at the same time helping us conserve local lands and giving back to their communities.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Land Steward, please contact our Stewardship Coordinator, Mike Leigh firstname.lastname@example.org.