The Greater Worcester Land Trust established a Volunteer Conservation Corps in 2001. Volunteers have blazed trails, GPSed resources, constructed signage, maintained habitat projects, improved public amenities, made record of the uses and flora and fauna of the Trust’s conservation lands — even hewn logs for us. This group of volunteers has expanded and so have the opportunities. We invite you to join our corps, we can always use more hands.
The Volunteer Conservation Ranger Program is made up of volunteers with a desire to monitor, protect, and manage the open spaces protected through the efforts of the Greater Worcester Land Trust.
Volunteer Conservation Rangers begin by receiving training in what to look for and how to look for it, are provided with background materials and some basic provisions, and then assigned a property.
A Volunteer Conservation Ranger checks in on their assigned property once a month for a formal evaluation of current conditions, wildlife and habitat, use, and abuse. These observations are recorded in field journals and are supplemented with annotated maps and photos.
Each Volunteer Conservation Ranger is regularly solicited for thoughts and ideas for the improvement of wildlife habitat and passive recreational access to their property. These reports, maps, photos, and ideas are used by the Trust’s Stewardship Committee, Board of Directors and staff to continually improve conservation lands and to safeguard against the degradation of the natural resources the Trust has worked hard to preserve.
If you visit a property and are interested in filling out an online Conservation Ranger form (different from the form used for the monthly formal report), click here.
If you have an interest in the volunteer conservation program please contact Mary Caulway.
Very nearly all of the trails, signage, habitat, monitoring, erosion control and cleanup work on GWLT properties is done by volunteers. Want to know what to expect? Here’s an overview to help you prepare to join us: