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CMLC's work doesn't end once property is placed under a conservation easement. It's only just beginning!
Stewardship is the perpetual care of the lands placed under easement or ownership with CMLC. The protection of these properties is a legal and moral responsibility that continues forever.
Working with Landowners
Stewardship staff assist owners of conserved lands with connections to management information and resources. Another responsibility of our stewardship staff is to ensure that each conservation easement's goals are upheld in perpetuity, supporting the continuing commitment of conservation landowners. We visit each easement property at least once a year to monitor for compliance with easement terms and to keep appropriate records.
Managing Land Held by CMLC
CMLC also owns land outright, and manages these parcels according to written plans designed to protect and enhance the unique natural resources of each property. Management activities on the nature preserves CMLC owns include invasive species removal workdays, trail maintenance days, and treatment of trees infested with the hemlock woolly adelgid.
CMLC has an active and enthusiastic stewardship committee composed of volunteers who assist staff with management activities and issues that may arise with easements or fee properties, such as amendment requests, management plan approvals and exercising of reserved rights.
If you are interested in helping CMLC with stewardship activities or serving on our Stewardship Committee, click here.
As we increase the amount of acreage protected in our operating region, stewardship is becoming increasingly expensive for CMLC. Conservation easements are only as strong as the stewardship program that supports them. We strive to monitor each of our easements annually using staff and volunteers. Your contribution to CMLC's stewardship fund will help ensure that protected lands are continued to be monitored yearly and retain their conservation values.
To make a donation to our Stewardship Fund, make a secure online payment by clicking the DONATE button above, call 828-697-5777, or mail a check to CMLC, 847 Case St., Hendersonville, NC 28792. Be sure to include a note designating your contribution to the Stewardship Fund in the "Message of Support" field when making a donation online or on the memo line of your check when mailing in your contribution.
Read our Landowner Connection Newsletter
Periodically, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy sends a newsletter, Landowner Connection, to all of the owners of lands with conservation easements. The newsletter covers topics involving stewardship and land amanagement practices. To read the most recent version of this newsletter, click here.