Stewardship is the on-going, long-term commitment of time and resources to the conservation of land, and its implementation is essential to RRCT’s ability to protect land in the future.
A major component of land trust stewardship includes annually ensuring that the terms of conservation easements are met, and helping landowners meet those terms. Stewardship also entails managing invasive plants, maintaining trails and public access, developing property management plans, and ensuring that ongoing land uses do not jeopardize the ecological integrity of the landscape. Our stewardship staff and volunteers also monitor all of our conservation and trail easements annually, to guarantee that the goals of those easements are being realized.
In all of these endeavors, RRCT’s Stewardship Program welcomes the time and energy of volunteers! To volunteer, please contact our Stewardship Director, Kyle Warren, at 207-632-6112. RRCT’s new Trail Crew is our new effort to coordinate many volunteers, working together on key trails.
RRCT strives to practice exemplary stewardship of its lands, always protecting ecological values and when appropriate and feasible, providing compatible human uses. Important components of our stewardship includes development of a local land ethic, community involvement, outreach programs, and a focus on the quality of each visitor’s experiences at our preserves. Land stewardship seeks to reconcile the ecological health of preserved lands with low-impact human uses through far-sighted management. Our organization also focuses on advocacy and programming for the stewardship of water resources and more.
Funding for land stewardship efforts comes in part through our commitment to long-term Stewardship Reserve Funds — including our endowment. With each land acquisition, by policy, we set aside funding to add to long-term Stewardship Reserve Funds.