Acquiring property is just the first phase of CLC’s work. Because we conserve land forever, we have the responsibility to make sure each property’s special natural features remain intact. This type of work is called stewardship.

CLC has a stewardship director and a team of dedicated volunteers who visit each property at least annually to monitor and document the conditions of each property’s conservation values. Staff and volunteers monitor more than 11,000 acres annually. If you are interested in volunteering to help with our stewardship efforts, email Sharon Wilson.

CLC’s Stewardship and Legal Defense Fund is integral in our ability to permanently steward these lands. Money in this fund is used to care for protected properties and to defend conservation easements legally if need be. We thank all the landowners and other donors who have contributed to this essential fund.

Interested in learning what it’s like to survey land/property for a baseline report? (A baseline conservation report provides critical information for use in assessing and maintaining the conservation value of a property.) Watch this video of our stewardship team and volunteers at work!


Photo: Hagan’s Forest by Nancy Pierce