"Update for Conservation Easement Landowners"
Stewardship Assessments The recently launched Center for Conservation The Stewardship Assessment is the most basic Landowners uses Natural Lands Trust’s 43 preserves and cost-effective plan that the Center for Conservation Landowners offers. The Assessment Center for as models for promoting ecologically sound manage- will provide you with information and recommen- ment practices for conservation-minded landowners. dations to establish your conservation priorities Grounded in the lessons learned on Natural Lands Conservation and care for your natural resources. Costs are Trust’s own properties, the Center seeks to inspire, determined on a sliding scale starting at $500 engage, and guide landowners in the stewardship of and based on the size and complexity of your Landowners property. The Stewardship Assessment includes… their natural areas. The Center offers fee-based consulting services to A 2–4 hour site visit to your property landowners interested in either creating a steward- to record observations about plants, A resource for animals, and their habitats; ship “action plan” for their property (with short- and conservation-minded landowners A 4–8 page report, containing a long-term management goals) or planning a speciﬁc description of the resources in your stewardship project, such as creating native mead- natural area with representative www.conservationlandowners.org ows, restoring forest health, or enhancing a wetland photographs, conservation priorities, habitat. Additionally, it provides workshops on land and a list of short- and long-term stewardship goals, recommendations for stewardship techniques. addressing threats to your property’s natural resources, and suggestions for To learn more about stewardship assessments and other land management initiatives to enhance the conservation services, please contact Andrea Stevens, the Director of the Center for Conservation and ecological beneﬁts of your land. Landowners, at 610-353-5587 ext. 218 or firstname.lastname@example.org. within the Unami Forest area of Bucks County. Township Fish, Game and Forestry Association – all right), George and Patricia Kaufman, and the Milford Caruso (above, left), Vera Cole and Marty Simon (above, four new easements placed on the properties of Lucille Landowners and neighbors recently gathered to celebrate Unami Forest Landowners Honored U Media, PA 19063 Hildacy Farm ~ 1031 Palmers Mill Road ������������������� PERMIT NO. 138 MEDIA, PA 19063 PAID U.S. POSTAGE FIRST CLASS MAIL Update for Conservation Easement Landowners Summer 2008 As an owner of land under conservation easement, you are part of a thriving land preservation effort. Whether your easement covers 50 acres or 500 acres, it plays an important role in saving wildlife habitat, protecting water quality, and preserving open space in our region. The enclosed map highlights all of our easements and preserves – you can see that together we are making a measurable difference. We hope that you are proud to be a part of this collective conservation effort. Inside you’ll also learn more about our newly launched Center for Conservation Landowners. This major new program is here as a resource to help you manage your land. We offer workshops and educational materials as well as services such as a stewardship assessment to help you prioritize your land management goals. It gives us great satisfaction to be a conservation partner with you. Thank you! Sincerely yours, Molly K. Morrison President ������������������� C O N S E R VAT I O N E A S E M E N T P R O G R A M Key Contacts… Contact Us Before You… Andrea Stevens, Ph.D. Steve Kuter Director of the Center for Conservation Landowners Conservation Easement Program Director … start farming or pasturing a new area Before joining Natural Lands A 16-year veteran of Trust in 2007, Andrea served Natural Lands Trust, … begin a timbering project* as the Director of Science and Steve Kuter has been … commence extensive Stewardship for The Nature our easement specialist construction or landscaping, Conservancy in New Jersey. since 1995. His work such as moving or building a During her 8-year tenure, she with landowners has driveway coordinated and managed involved projects rang- ecological restoration projects ing from small donations Easements may contain restrictions involving ﬁre management, to protect scenic lands or limits around such activities. invasive species control, and in the Philadelphia Natural Lands Trust may need to early successional habitat conversion. Additionally, suburbs to large acquisitions of forest lands to be notiﬁed of land use changes or she developed and implemented monitoring plans protect endangered species in the distant reaches provide approval of plans. for rare species and natural communities. She earned of the Delaware Watershed. As director of NLT’s * In the case of timbering, we have graduate degrees in environmental management and easement program, he helps craft easements and experience to share that might make your plant ecology from Duke University and the University oversees their stewardship. Steve is a graduate of harvest more sustainable and proﬁtable. of Massachusetts, respectively, and is certiﬁed as an Washington University, St. Louis, with a major Should you have questions or wish to obtain elementary education teacher in Pennsylvania. in architecture. Y a copy of your easement documentation, To contact Andrea: 610-353-5587 ext. 218 or To contact Steve: 610-353-5587 ext. 213 or please contact Steve Kuter, at 610-353-5587 ext. 213 or email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Your property is part of Natural Lands Trust’s 17,500-acre easement program 1 Fulshaw Craeg/Unami Forest. 1,422 acres are preserved through 27 easements with NLT’s Fulshaw Craeg Preserve at the heart of this extensive conservation effort. 2 Aquetong Valley. In all, 22 easements protect 905 acres around NLT’s serene Paunacussing Preserve. 3 Hopewell Big Woods. The largest unbroken forest remaining in southeastern Pennsylvania, Hopewell Big Woods includes NLT’s Crow’s Nest Preserve and 13 easements covering 1,079 acres. 4 French & Pickering Creek Valleys. NLT’s 17 easements, consisting of 654 acres, help protect the rolling hills and woodlands in the area of NLT’s Binky Lee Preserve. 5 Wissahickon Valley. 11 easements around NLT’s Gwynedd Preserve extend into the stunning surroundings of the Wissahickon Valley and protect 282 acres. 6 West Branch Brandywine Creek & Red Clay Creek. Deﬁned by the features of two creeks, this striking landscape includes 11 easements totaling 1,053 acres along with NLT’s ChesLen Preserve. 7 East Branch Brandywine Creek. NLT’s Stroud Preserve is at the core of an extensive network of 18 easements comprised of 1,339 acres of this bucolic valley. 8 Crum/Ridley/Darby Creek Valley. This vital watershed contains NLT’s Hildacy Farm Preserve and its woodlands, hedgerows, and meadows as well as 16 easements on 218 acres. 9 Main Line. NLT’s dramatic Saunders Woods Preserve anchors 10 easements, encompassing 102 acres. 10 Burden Hill Forest. NLT’s Burden Hill Preserve There are additional conservation easements outside the core program area coupled with 2 easements, which preserve 166 acres, shown. In total, Natural Lands Trust holds 244 conservation easements and other make a remarkable mosaic of protected landscapes. restrictions. Additionally, we own and manage 43 nature preserves, totaling more than 20,000 acres, in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. This publication was made possible through a generous grant from the Claneil Foundation. Additional support for the Center for Conservation Landowners was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, William Penn Foundation, and The McLean Contributionship.