Annual Easement Monitoring

January 17, 2012

This is the time of the year when we monitor lands held under conservation easement with Natural Lands Trust. I have scheduled on average one per day almost every day this month.

I know I say this every year but it is a remarkable privilege to inspect these private lands that people have chosen to protect, and to meet the landowners who have been so generous.

Some are farms, others are forests. All are beautiful.

They don’t call this the Great Marsh for nothin’. We were here the day after (another) torrential rain. The marsh soaks it up, slows it down, and gradually releases the water.

These woods also protect water quality in local streams, provide native plant and wildlife habitat, increase home values for people in the community, and preserve a family’s multi-generational history on a farm.