Becoming a Steward
The Peaks Island Land Preserve assumes responsibility for the stewardship of its properties. The baseline data we collect forms the foundation of each property land management plan. Volunteer land stewards care for each property individually. Annual monitoring includes clean-ups and invasive species removal.
This role will help us fulfill PILP’s Mission by:
Helping PILP monitor and protect our properties.
Land stewards are assigned a property (or a section of a property) to monitor and regularly walk-through. They are encouraged to check for erosion, encroachment, adverse effects by invasive species, e. g., bittersweet, barberry, trash, damage or abuse, for example, cutting of trees, vehicular damage, graffiti, etc. and to report findings to the designated PILP coordinator or board member.
Stewards are encouraged to contribute to the creation and ongoing maintenance of the land management plan and data base relating to their assigned parcel.
Stewards are responsible for minor trash clean up as they do their assessments. We suggest venturing out with a trash bag and being willing to pick up small items (bottles, paper, etc.). If the trash is beyond what can be easily handled with a quick walk through, stewards can inform the PILP Volunteer Coordinator who may coordinate a response or organize a community clean-up.
Length of commitment is generally one-year, with an option to renew. Ongoing stewarding time requirements may normally range from 5 to 15 minutes per week up to 30 to 60 minutes every two weeks. Properties should be inspected on a weekly to monthly basis depending upon season and usage.
Skills Required/Qualifications Desired:
A year-round resident with good observation skills and a commitment to preserving our island lands and keeping them clean.
For convenience, land stewards should live close to their assigned property.
Training & Supervision:
No prior training is required. PILP board members will meet with volunteers after they are selected to walk their properties with them and explain in more detail what is expected. This meeting will also provide the volunteers an opportunity to make suggestions about what PILP can do to help them with their assignment. PILP will provide volunteers with a short reporting form that can be mailed/emailed to the designated contact person (a board member) monthly (more frequently, if there are problems needing immediate attention). The PILP contact person will follow-up on reports received and work with the volunteer to resolve any problems noted.
Benefits to Volunteer:
Being part of an important land monitoring program for the benefit of all Peaks Islanders and in service of the Peaks Island Land Preserve Mission.
The opportunity to learn and use GPS.
The opportunity to become more familiar with invasive species.
Time outside enjoying our wonderful island!
A free pass to the PILP’s Annual Dinner.
If you would like to become a land steward for a PILP property, please contact PILP board member Michelle Brown
Fred & Mary Bragdon
John & Ann Whitman
Sue Ellen Roberts
Seashore Parcel II
Seashore Parcel I
Seashore Parcel III
Norm Rasulist & Rita Kissen
Larry Ducharme & Ellis
Clark Parcel (Tolman Heights)
The City Parcel
John Holdridge, Meg & Family
Skillings & Davies