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Establishing a Stewardship Program

The Steward Program is the eyes and ears of the Land Trust.  Stewards are aware of the conditions of the particular land preserve they are supervising and are a positive neighborhood representative. After being a member of the Wintonbury Land Trust and reviewing duties and responsibilities, the appointed steward will have membership fees waived for the period of service.

Responsibilities at present consist of a yearly report, which would be posted on the blog with updates there as needed. Stewards are encouraged to visit the land once every couple months and act as a neighborhood representative. The Steward Program provides documentation of our supervision of properties entrusted to us. We encourage creative optimism in the approach to duties especially during difficult economic times.

The Land Trust goals emphasize the need to educate and obtain accurate information through scientific study to create creditability and support for conservation land practices.


Establish Baseline for each property

A)      Packets from WLT include at minimum:

  1. Deed, restrictions & property map
  2. Topography and aerial map
  3. Property history/descriptions and pictures (all pictures and history should be dated, pictures located on a map)

B)      The Property Stewardship should create a record of existing conditions.

  1. Skills that are helpful to have are using a compass, pacing a distance, sighting a line, taking digital photographs and reading a map.
  2. Post updates on the blog
  3. Land Trust Stewardship Program Supervisor will be available for consultation.

C) Create a set of maps, deeds and notes separate from file for fieldwork.

D) Walk property taking pictures and taking notes.

  1. Date notes and locate pictures on a map
  2. Mark important landforms, features or locations for future reference. Mark any important property corners. Signage should use aluminum nails 1” stand off allowing trunk growth.
  3. Note any interesting plant, animal or environmental features.

E) Write summaries based on a field inspection.

  1. The summary can include any recommendations to be considered by the board.

F) Establish a positive repoire with the surrounding neighborhood.

  1. Any problems with surrounding properties should be discussed with the Land Trust Board before a conflict should arise.

GPS to Monitor Land Trust Holdings Uconn GIS Department of Extension Center for Land Use-Cary Chadwick and Sandy Prisloe.

GPS Resources

Geospacial technology pictures/point/places has a 1 or 2 day workshop showing computer program linking mapping and pictures. Developed for Garman GPS Brand Units. A high sensitivity chip allows for tree canopy. Recreation Grade GPS is between $250- $300 work best. UCONN free software for GIS Mapwindow and Aquiview. Free Photo program at Minnesota department of Natural Resources Photo2GPS. Need to have partial boundaries, Gps geocoded photos and googleearth or GIS. The irfin.view program is used for digital photography.

A)      Collect GPS data and digital photos. GPS systems collects track with time data. Camera collect time and date data. A picture of the GPS data window at end of session will help calibrate databases.

B)      Download GPS data, site notes and digital photos. GPS garman will save to shape file. KML works with google earth (KML/KMZ) photos can be attached to google earth use online mashup.

C)     You might need to reduce file size irtanview.

Guidelines for Metal Detecting on Wintonbury Land Trust Parcels

Anything found on our parcels is WLT property.
Interested persons must contact or email a Board Member and acknowledge that any findings will be documented with a map of the parcel showing location(s) where objects were located and a list of objects found & descriptions.
The Wintonbury Land Trust encourages membership in the Yankee Territory Coinshooters for training on dealing with historic artifacts.