Crow’s Nest: Annual easement monitoring
By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager
It’s that time of year! We’re busy visiting the lands that we hold under conservation easement. It’s not all a walk in the woods; there are a lot of phone calls and emails involved to make the arrangements to visit these lands that owners have made a choice to conserve. There are photos to document the condition of the land, and then maps to prepare showing where the photos were taken, and a report to file before we’re finished. And some of us have 20, 30 or more to do! But I’m always happy to see the care that landowners are taking with their land; people make a difference!
Another winter project is monitoring our own “unstaffed” preserves—that is, lands we own that do not have funding for regular maintenance. These to need to be walked, photographed, and documented, so that we know what to prioritize for the limited time we may spend there over the next year.
The best part is that—so far—we have been able to get started doing this without snow!