Our Volunteers

A huge thank you to our volunteers!

Hilltown Land Trust has an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers without whom it would be impossible to accomplish all of the work that we do. From serving on our board of directors to leading hikes and tackling intimidating clerical duties, our volunteers work tirelessly to help accomplish our mission. Volunteer opportunities are regularly available for people who want to become more involved with HLT. You can check our events page for one-day opportunities, or contact us to discuss long term opportunities. Scroll down to learn more about becoming a volunteer land steward.

Using a GPS

Contract monitor Caroline Raisler and volunteer Waino Tuominen, using a GPS to mark where they’ve traveled during a 2008 monitoring visit.

Volunteer Land Monitor

Besides providing information to landowners interested in preserving their land, the Hilltown Land Trust is responsible for regularly monitoring the land on which we hold conservation restrictions. This ensures land under restriction is not being used in ways it shouldn’t (such as the owner erecting buildings or clearing land in places the restriction doesn’t allow). Our stewardship committee is responsible for monitoring the properties and completing all monitoring reports.

Monitoring is done in the spring and fall, when visibility is best because the trees have no leaves and there is no snow on the ground. Our staff and volunteers monitor HLT’s conservation restrictions by visiting with the landowner and walking the property. With more than 25 properties, that takes quite a bit of time. In 2006, pilot Norman Baker of Windsor donated his services and the use of his Piper Cub, taking HLT Board Member Eric Weber on an overflight, providing an aerial overview of several properties. If you would like to volunteer to help monitor properties, contact HLT.

Hattie Plehn, owner Plehn CR, and Katie Eiseman, volunteer monitor.

(left-to- right) Hattie Plehn, owner Plehn CR, and Katie Eiseman, volunteer monitor.

If you are unable to volunteer, consider supporting the work we do by becoming a member.