East Haddam Land Trust depends on volunteers, or stewards, to keep preserves accessible and to monitor vegetation and wildlife activity.
Stewardship comes in many forms - participating in Work Parties, notifying EHLT of an issue during visits to a preserve, or actively overseeing a specific preserve and recording observations as an EHLT Steward on EHLT's Inspection Report.
Work Parties-Stewardship Saturday:
On the 3rd Saturday of each month (except in July and August), volunteers gather at a specific preserve to clear and mark trails, create new trails, clear storm- or age-damaged trees and vegetation, manage invasive vegetation, pick up trash, or maintain/build footbridges.
Stewardship Saturday details are emailed to EHLT contacts and posted on the website and Facebook.
Do you regularly hike at one of EHLT's preserves? If so, consider signing up as a Trail Monitor to report to your assigned Stewardship Team member any conditions needing work. If you choose to take on additional tasks - removal of small fallen branches, cutting back intruding small vines, briars, or branches, and removing trash - the Land Trust will provide guidance on how to safely and properly do so.
If interested please email
EHLT Preserve Stewards
Preserve stewards are trained to take on more involved work at their preserve of choice after undergoing training on trail and preserve maintenance. Preserve stewards may also participate in monthly Stewardship Work events generally scheduled as noted above.
Contact us if you are interested in becoming a Preserve Steward.
Using EHLT Preserves
During visits, you can help by simply removing trash and clearing fallen branches from trails. If you notice urgent issues, please contact us by the link above.