The Stewardship Program is the fulfillment of the promise we make to care for, manage, and monitor preserves, conservation easements, and other properties for which we are responsible. A new property is accepted only after careful evaluation of its fit with our conservation priorities and our capacity.
Volunteers are essential to our ability to manage ecosystems on our protected lands. Our Stewardship Program strives to help individuals and families become better stewards of both private and public natural areas.
Six Rivers staff and the Stewardship Committee are looking forward to a great year of maintaining the natural resources of our preserves and assisting with the stewardship of privately owned easement lands through work days or, as we call them, StewDays.
Typical activities include site assessment, development and implementation of management plans, control of invasive species using manual, herbicidal and mechanical means, seed collection and planting, easement monitoring, and addressing access improvements such as trail maintenance. Controlling woody invasive species like autumn olive, buckthorn, and Asian bittersweet as well as garlic mustard and Phragmites are important stewardship activities benefiting natural lands in our area.
Our focus at Golden Preserve for Environmental Diversity this year is on prescribed fire, an important component to the health of ecosystems that depended on natural fire events in the past. We hope to raise the funds for a qualified burn contractor to administer beneficial prescribed fire to the wooded upland, prairie and fen areas. We will enjoy the assistance of volunteers prior to the burn, helping to create the necessary breaks in the landscape to prevent the fire from moving outside of the desired burn area.
We couldn’t tackle our stewardship plans without our committee of concerned individuals: Susanne Greenlee, Jim Lloyd, Ben VanderWeide, Gerry Santoro and Paul Muelle. We thank them so much for their committed involvement.
We hope to see you and your family or friends at one of our StewDays this year! Our schedule won’t work for yours? Please feel free to make a donation to our stewardship program. Whatever the form of your input, it means so much to our program and natural areas!
Thank you to our Stewardship Sponsor, Axalta!
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