In its broadest sense, land stewardship is the act of preserving the conservation values and protections obliged to the LLCT and RLF at the time a conservation deed, restriction, or trail easement is given into our care. With these transactions, LLCT becomes a lifetime steward of the land, serving to protect the rural character of Lincoln.
Stewardship activities of our staff, Stewardship Committee, and volunteers cover many areas of work from planning and management to monitoring and enforcement. The Stewardship Committee meets regularly to review monitoring reports and other land management responsibilities.
While the LLCT, Lincoln's Conservation Commission, and other Lincoln-based conservation organizations are charged with the stewardship of Lincoln’s protected lands, it is our collective responsibility to take care of our precious, natural resources.
Land and Trails
LLCT helps to manage more than 2,000 acres of land and 80 miles of public trails in partnership with Lincoln’s Conservation Commission. Careful, thoughtful planning and management strategies protect the integrity of the land.
Open spaces and natural places are dynamic, living systems that require varying levels of intervention to remain healthy, productive components of the surrounding ecosystem. LLCT, the Conservation Commission, and other partners mow open fields annually to facilitate healthy habitat for a variety of insects and birds, and sometimes undertake restoration projects to enhance the conservation value of the land. Non-native, invasive plant removal at field edges is also a priority for LLCT throughout the year.
Trails are checked regularly by volunteers in the LLCT, Adopt-A-Trail program in partnership with the Conservation Commission. Maintenance occurs regularly to keep the trails safe and passable. The trail work includes removing overgrowth and fallen trees, replacing trail markers, maintaining wooden bridges and crossings, removing non-native, invasive plants, and more.
With every action, fostering a mutual understanding of shared conservation values with landowners, our community partners, our members, and the public is at the forefront of our work.
LLCT currently holds 88 conservation restrictions, permanently protecting more than 560 acres. As stewards of this conservation land, our commitment is to understand the land’s existing and historical conditions, monitor any changes over time, and take action to restore conservation values and protections when needed.
LLCT creates a Baseline Inventory Report for each newly acquired conservation restriction or deeded property. The report includes text, photos and maps to help LLCT track changes to each property’s physical and ecological features over time.
LLCT conducts an annual monitoring visit to each property, which begins with a review of the Baseline Inventory Report and subsequent monitoring reports. This annual visit is LLCT’s opportunity to note any significant changes, natural or human caused, which may impact the conservation value of the land and the protections put in place. The visit enables LLCT to connect with and build long-term relationships with our conservation partners, the landowners of the property.
Sometimes a landowner with a conservation restriction will violate the terms of the CR. If this happens, the LLCT trustees review the potential violation and contact the landowner to move forward with a proposal that restores any loss of conservation value on the protected land.
To avoid a possible violation, contact us before you do anything to disturb your protected property. We are always available to answer questions, and to clarify expectations and obligations, which can sometimes be confusing, especially for new owners.
To find out more about our Adopt-A-Trail program and if you are interested in becoming a stewardship volunteer with LLCT, please visit our volunteering page.