The mission of the Stamford Land Conservation Trust is to acquire, hold and preserve open space in its natural condition. With 54 preserves under our belts, it’s a mission that we’re pretty good at, but you might wonder what happens next. In a word, the answer is “stewardship”. But “What’s that?”, you might ask.
Stewardship is the long-term monitoring and care for the properties. Periodically, SLCT land steward volunteers visit each of our properties in person. They walk the boundary lines of the property, checking for encroachment or unauthorized use (many of our preserves are closed to the public). Stewards check for dumping, construction and remove litter that may have accumulated. In addition to human-made issues, our stewards check for invasive plant species that crowd out native flora and fail to provide the proper food for herbivores that share our preserves.
Signs are posted (and replaced, when necessary) identifying our preserves at entry points. Finally, all these activities are documented both in writing and through photographs and the results retained to create a long-term record for each preserve.
In addition to site visits, our stewards have initiated an outreach program to contact landowners whose properties abut our preserves. After all, we’re neighbors and we ought to be acquainted! And, this provides a line of communication between the community and the SLCT.
This is quite a bit of work, so we are always looking for new steward volunteers. It’s rewarding and a great way to see some parts of Stamford that few people get to enjoy. If you’re interested, please fill out the contact form and our Steward Coordinator will contact you.