While many people are spending time on the trails in the summer, land trust stewardship takes place 12 months a year. We may not spend as much time outdoors in the harsher months, but the board of directors and volunteers have ongoing projects throughout the year.
We focus on keeping our trails clear for people to use in all season. We offer educational walks and talks. People recreate by hiking, fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, and skiing at our properties. Remember that not all lands are open to the public. Check out the best places to visit HERE.
This takes consistent, year round care from dedicated land trust volunteers. We offer trainings and work days so you too can help out on the trails! Check out our VOLUNTEER PAGE to learn more.
The places that are not open to the public are maintained for other reasons. Here are the primary reasons we conserve land:
There are properties which are reserved for the growing and harvesting of trees or crops. Did you know SVLT owns a very old apple orchard in Saco? Check out the APPLE RIDGE donation. And by the way- we are looking for a volunteer to mange this patch of trees!
Biology and ecology is major reason to conserve land. Some of these habitats can be left alone, becoming forever wild old-growth forests. However, some of the land we conserve wildlife is managed for it.
For example, New England Cottontail is a vulnerable species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). which means it’s population is decreasing rapidly. There are government initiatives to create habitat in Maine that is suitable for the rabbits. This leads to altering the forest and promoting the growth of shrubs that are preferred but the animal. Learn more about this on the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.
The land trust will adopt some of these maintenance measures to ensure the land is being conserved properly.
Land that is not owned by SVLT but is managed by the trust is protected under conservation easements. These easements require yearly inspection to make sure the owners are properly managing the parcel.
Each property we protect is carefully surveyed and its boundaries are marked- even those we own. This is important so that we can see if there are any infringements at the border. It also allows us to keep track of the property and understand how is changes over time.
Above photo: Volunteer Janice Goodrow adds a boundary medallion to a tree at a property in Biddeford.
Volunteers help us boundary mark, clear trails, monitoring easements, and overall help us steward the land. Thank you volunteers!