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What Does Stewardship Mean?

Volunteers Paul Gale and Don Dickson monitored Babysitter Swamp in fall 2014.

Stewardship: the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something, especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care* (Merriam-Webster online)

While our general approach to forest management is simply to let nature thrive, Northeast Wilderness Trust must still visit the properties under our care on an annual basis. By walking boundary lines, our volunteer stewards can observe the condition of the land and report any concerns or potential violations. We’re pleased to note that in 2014 Conservation Director Marisa Riggi and our volunteer stewards monitored 25 properties totaling over 23,400 acres. Of these, we have forever-wild easements on 14 properties and own 11 parcels outright.

This important work could not be accomplished without the help of a group of 11 dedicated volunteer monitors. We thank them for the many hours they commit to helping us protect wild places.

Interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer steward? We are currently seeking monitors for properties in Atkinson, ME; Fitzwilliam, NH; New Ipswich, NH; Jericho, VT; and Essex, NY. Contact  for details.

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