From the Conservation Director: Fieldwork in the Fall

The autumn months are a busy time for MHLC.

Despite the cooler weather, we pull on our thick coats and warm boots to head outside: this is a time of year when our field work increases substantially.

Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator Sawyer Cresap is working with our Preserve Stewards to ensure downed trees are out of the way for the coming snow: we want cross-country skiers and snow-shoers to get the most out of our 18 public preserves this season. Sawyer is also in the midst of monitoring our conservation easements. She travels across our three-county service area in the MHLC truck to visit these properties, walking the lands and meeting with landowners. Each year, we visit our protected properties to ensure the ongoing stewardship of these lands. 

I’m also out in the field, meeting with partners and inspecting new properties which we hope to protect. Sawyer is often with me as we hike through these lands and create baseline documentation reports. These detailed records of the lands are a catalog of everything we plan to protect: from the geology of the land to the birds that visit the property, these reports also provide the landowner with a great account of their property and the natural resources they are protecting through a conservation easement

As always, Executive Director Mark King is out and about, meeting with landowners, donors, and partners to identify new land protection projects and to strengthen our ability to save the lands of our service area. Last week, we took the entire MHLC staff out for a Halloween hike on a property we’re working to protect in the Helderbergs.  

When we are out in the field, we depend upon technology to help us efficiently and effectively document the lands we’re working to protect. To learn more about the technology our stewardship and conservation staff use on a daily basis, check out Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator Sawyer Cresap’s blog post, “How Technology Improves Stewardship.”

If you see us the MHLC Stewardship truck this season, be sure to wave hello!

Sarah Walsh
Conservation Director 



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