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Stewardship

May 2015 - Charlie Fleisher replaces the footbridge on the Battle Swamp Preserve for his Packer Collegiate (Brooklyn) Community Service Project.

Land and Resources

Roxbury Land Trust is responsible for the stewardship of more than 3,600 acres. Its preserves and easements are diverse, including forestland, wetlands and active agricultural lands. Thirty miles of trails wind through varied terrain and forest types. The restored iron mine complex at Mine Hill provides visitors a glimpse of Roxbury's iron-making heritage, making Mine Hill our most frequented preserve. Over 400 acres of active farmland are leased to local farmers to facilitate the continuation of farming in Roxbury, thus maintaining its rural character.

Given the expanse of acreage and varied uses of the land, stewardship is an essential element of the Land Trust's activities. Its stewardship efforts focus on the following:

    Lyle Nichols repaired the bridge at Tierney Preserve for his 2009 senior project. Jamie Curren's 2006 senior project involved trail clearing at River's Edge Preserve.
To meet its stewardship obligations, RLT utilizes the talents of its employees, summer interns, its board members, contracts with local professionals, and fosters a strong relationship with its farmers. The Land Trust has been the beneficiary of several Eagle Scout and Shepaug High School Senior projects resulting in bridge repair and construction, interpretive sign placement, and trail creation. It has also partnered with the Yale School of Forestry, most recently completing a stewardship plan to focus on nearly 600 acres of its land along the Shepaug River corridor. Volunteers and users of the preserves play a key role supporting and fostering a "leave no trace" environment while assuring trails are passable and safe. Eagle Scout, Community Service and Senior Projects are available — contact the RLT office.

For funding, RLT relies on annual membership support and seeks public and private funding where appropriate. Over the years, RLT has been the recipient of grants from state and federal governmental agencies, as well as from private foundations.

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