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 the Land Trust of an issue during visits to a preserve, or actively overseeing a specific preserve and recording observations as a Land Trust Steward.​
Work Parties:

On the 3rd Saturday of each month, we plan volunteer stewardship work parties 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.

Work party details are emailed to Land Trust contacts (sign up using the Subscribe Now box at the bottom of this page) and posted on the website home page under Outings & Events and on Facebook.

Sheepskin Hollow Preserve
Sheepskin Hollow Preserve
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Hammond Mill
Hammond Mill
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Beavers at Sheepskin Hollow
Beavers at Sheepskin Hollow
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Trail Monitors

Do you hike at an East Haddam Land Trust preserve? 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 trail.monitor@ehlt.org

Using East Haddam Land Trust 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.

Corporate Volunteer Matching Programs

These programs donate dollar amounts for each hour an employee or retiree volunteers to a nonprofit organization. If you volunteer with our stewardship team, trail monitor program, or otherwise, such a program can increase your impact by earning dollars that benefit EHLT’s mission.

Please check with your human resources department or employee engagement portal to see if your employer offers a volunteer matching program.