Welcome to the Mashpee Land Stewards Program!
This program is completely dependent on volunteers and we are always looking for more help! The Mashpee Land Stewards welcomes anyone who would like to volunteer regardless of prior experience, and volunteers can decide how active they want to be. Our volunteers become involved by being land stewards or by being specialized volunteers who participate in events. The descriptions for each can be found below. If you are interested in joining the Land Stewards Program please fill out the sign up form. Groups are also encouraged to act as a land steward or participate in events!
Land Steward’s Role:
The primary responsibility of the land steward is caretaking, “to be a presence on the land”. The steward should monitor the land regularly, assist to keep trails cleared, and support clean-up efforts when necessary. This position requires a regular time commitment from the volunteer. Land Steward activities include walking the parcels at least 4 times a year and submitting parcel evaluations that include information such as presence of trash, any invasive species noted, and how the land is being used.
Specialized volunteers help with events outside the duties of the Land Stewards. This position does not require regular participation; instead, volunteers can choose to participate in events organized by Concom. These events could include invasive species removal, beautification projects, trail maintenance or creation, and debris removal.
New Assistant Agent
We recently hired a new Assistant Conservation Agent, Katelyn Cadoret. As a graduate from Mashpee High School, she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Biology from Bridgewater State University in 2012, and has worked in various fields for wildlife conservation on Cape Cod since 2009. She will utilize her skillset to breathe new life into our Land Stewardship Program, as well as implementing novel volunteer projects to enhance our open spaces.
Our sign up form can be found on the main Land Stewards Page.
******It’s important to note that volunteers will not confront anyone carrying out illegal activities and should not introduce new plantings, signs, or trails without prior permission from the Conservation Department.******
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