Acquiring land or easements is only the first step of a long journey to protect the natural beauty of Lyme. Each conservation success brings permanent responsibilities: the Land Trust has a legal obligation to steward and protect the conservation restrictions placed on the land– forever. It requires both volunteers and funds to work together to succeed in our mission to care for the land.
The Stewardship Committee of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust is focused on our core stewardship responsibilities: monitoring easements, responding to landowner inquiries, investigating violations, and upholding the terms of our conservation easements and the care of the properties owned by LLCT.
The Land Trust cares for two types of property: fee and easement.
- Fee properties are owned by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) and the Land Trust is responsible for the management and care of that property. The fee properties are often open to the public and provide trails to access the property. A management plan is developed for each fee property to guide the Land Trust as it cares for the property.
- An easement property is one where a private landowner has placed a conservation restriction on their property to protect specific conservation values. In exchange the landowner often receives tax breaks or other deductions and the knowledge that the land will remain open with important conservation goals protected. The landowner continues to own the land and may sell it or pass it on their heirs, but the conservation restrictions remain with the property permanently. The property remains private and public access is not usually allowed. However, the landowner does agree to allow the LLCT to conduct monitoring annual visits.
The Land Trust depends on a cadre of trained volunteers to visit each and every property, fee and easement, at least once a year. Easement properties are monitored to ensure that the provisions of the original conservation easements are honored. Fee properties are also monitored by volunteers to keep boundaries marked, to maintain trails, and to implement the activities identified in the individual management plans. If you would like to help, become a property monitor or steward.
VolunteerStewardship Opportunities for the Lyme Land Trust (LLCTL and the Town of Lyme (TOL) We will train you for these different positions!
- Trail volunteer– help to maintain the trails on Lyme preserves.
- Property monitor (LLCT) – walk the perimeter or boundary of a Lyme Land Conservation Trust property once a year – more if possible – and file a report. Become a Property Monitor
- Preserve or trail steward – Adopt a LLCT or TOL preserve or trail and gain a thorough knowledge and appreciation, monitor regularly (more than once a year), and help with maintenance. LLCT property stewards file an annual report. Become a Property Steward
- Chainsaw Brigade– Sign up to be called to remove fallen trees and obstacles as needed in Lyme preserves.
- Heavy Lifting Brigade– Ability to perform heavy physical work for excavation or construction; and/or owns and uses power equipment, such as tractors, saws, mowers.
- For more detail about Stewardship jobs.
- Learn about our other volunteer opportunities.
Please submit this form and let us know what position(s) you are interested in. We will get back to you.
Use a smartphone app to show us the location of trail issues. Learn how to use Track Kit app. The smartphone app called Track Kit works like a GPS unit to track your path. You can help us by pinpointing trail issues, such as a fallen tree that needs removal, by marking the track with a “waypoint” and taking a photo. When you get home, you can download the track, with the waypoints and photos, and send us the URL so that we can exactly locate the issue. Submit a trail report.