Conservation Easement Monitoring
SLCS has been preserving and permanently protecting the Squam watershed since 1960 and monitoring conserved land is at the heart of our stewardship commitment. At the present time, we own or hold conservation easements on over 140 properties encompassing over 8,000 acres and 19 miles of shore frontage. It is our responsibility to review these properties at least once per year to ensure that the conservation promises we made are being upheld. As SLCS adds more properties to conservation lands portfolio, our stewardship responsibilities and our need for volunteers to monitor these properties also grows.
The level of difficulty in “monitoring” each property ranges from very easy to rigorous. Volunteer monitors can stipulate the types and numbers of properties they would like to monitor, and it can done on your schedule. Typically, teams of one, two, three or four volunteers meet at the property and set out on a morning or afternoon expedition, walking the property and locating boundaries, trails, cellar holes, etc. SLCS will provide you all the training, tools, and information you’ll need! It is a fun activity that is suitable for the whole family.
We enjoy the challenge of finding corners and boundaries, especially on new easements, while on easements we have done many times, we feel like we are visiting an old friend. Most of all, we get to help protect this beautiful watershed while having the privilege of seeing parts we would not otherwise get to visit.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Frequently, our volunteers will perform other duties related to land stewardship, including trail maintenance, pulling invasive plant species, picking up roadside trash, weed-whacking up at Doublehead Preserve, and helping the stewardship staff with a variety of projects.
If you would like to donate some time to help SLCS achieve its mission, it would be greatly appreciated!