Conservation does not end with a land trust acquiring interest in a property, it is just the beginning! Conservation means the careful preservation and protection of something, especially planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation destruction or neglect. Stewardship means supervising or managing, especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.
Protecting and enhancing the conservation values of the lands we acquire is some of the most important work that EALT will do. The goal of our Stewardship Program is to be the most credible and capable stewards of land as possible, in perpetuity.
We evaluate every property for its conservation value, as well as the threats to these values. A stewardship plan is developed and implemented based on this analysis to include detailed annual monitoring. The stewardship program, therefore, requires a high level of intimacy with the land, and finding its hidden assets.
By getting ourselves out on the lands and waters, and actually observing the habitat and species, we will discover much about our lands – and perhaps we will also discover something about ourselves! And for this, we will also involve our community and volunteers to a great degree. Volunteer today!