Conservation Land Management Staff work to balance natural-resource preservation with passive recreation on approximately 1600-acres of municipal conservation land. Together, with Land Trust Staff, they manage approximately 80 miles of trails. In addition, they work on the following programs.
Baseline Inventory and Monitoring Program
Conservation and Land Trust Staff work together to complete baseline inventory and annual monitoring reports for each conservation property. The reports include a conservation abstract, ecological and land-use inventory, survey plans and GIS maps, deeds and restrictions and photos.
Land Management Plans
Conservation and Land Trust Staff work together to develop general land-management plans, such as forest, wetland and field-management plans. These plans guide specific management practices based on the type of habitat, use on the land and long-term goals for each conservation property.
Conservation Staff follow best-management practices including:
- enhancement of flora and fauna diversity in age, distribution and species,
- protection of critical habitat areas including their physical and biological conditions,
- control of non-native, invasive species with special attention to (a) new infestations that might be controlled through prompt action and (b) occurrences where wildlife, agriculture or human activities may be adversely affected by such vegetation,
- research and best control when problems arise with certain species or wildlife populations which may be a public safety concern, and
- decisions that balance the interests of wildlife, people and land.
View the Conservation Department page.