Preserving the land is the first step; taking care of it is the next.

Stewardship

Having assumed a key role in preserving land in Falmouth, The 300 Committee believes it should also help the town take care of conservation land.

The 300 Committee established a volunteer stewardship program in 1989. More than 60 stewards have adopted town and 300 Committee parcels, serving as caretakers for nearly 2,000 acres. The stewards monitor the land regularly, keep trails cleared and clean up debris. After many years of maintaining an all-volunteer work force, T3C created a staff position dedicated to land management and stewardship in 2012. Primary responsibilities of the Stewardship Coordinator include planning and executing land maintenance projects on conservation parcels and coordinating the volunteers to help accomplish those. The Stewardship Coordinator also spends time conducting parcel monitoring and follow up, developing inventories of flora and fauna, creating land management plans and numerous other projects. When serious problems occur, such as encroachment from abutting property owners or piles of brush or trash dumped, the land trust works with Town departments, notably Conservation, Marine and Environmental Services, and Public Works to resolve these issues.

The Town of Falmouth and The 300 Committee signed a memorandum of understanding in March 2005 that outlines the role of stewards on town land. In addition, T3C's Stewardship Manual helps guide the work of the land stewards.

Contact the office if you are interested in becoming a Steward.

Stewardship Manual