Stewardship and Ownership

RRCT Ownership:

RRCT has conserved more than 5,300 acres since 1988. Our various conservation successes include a wide range of deeds and project structures, especially fee simple ownership (RRCT-owned preserves), conservation easements, assistance on state or local conservation acquisitions, and trail or access easements.

Our success since 1988 includes 11 RRCT-owned preserves totaling roughly 1000 acres; creation or expansion of 7 town-owned preserves (RRCT assists); help in 7 state-owned state park and wildlife area expansions (RRCT assists); and creation of 60 RRCT conservation easements including 7 working farm conservation easements.

We describe and publish information on our ownership in several different formats

Please contact us with any requests for most-recent information, or more detailed information or tables on our conservation files.

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. On land that we own, 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.

In all of these endeavors, RRCT’s Stewardship program welcomes the time and energy of volunteers. RRCT’s Trail Crew is a key effort to coordinate many volunteers, working together on key trails.

RRCT Stewardship:

RRCT strives to practice exemplary stewardship of its lands, always protecting ecological values and when appropriate and feasible, inviting compatible human uses. Important components of our stewardship program 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. Our organization also focuses on advocacy and programming for the stewardship of water resources and more.

Funding for land stewardship efforts comes in part from donations from members, and in part through our commitment to long-term Stewardship Reserve Funds — including our small endowment. With each land acquisition, by policy, we set aside funding to add to long-term Stewardship Reserve Funds. Often these funds come as part of a land acquisition campaign, or as a land acquisition budget which is funded by our rolling Land Acquisition Fund.