“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” –John Muir
What is Stewardship?
It is easy to appreciate this community’s stunning landscapes — ancient oak woodlands, working ranches and granite-walled river canyons — but these values go well beyond visual beauty. Each of these landscapes plays a critical role in maintaining the health of our water, air and local economy.
At a basic level, stewardship of land and natural resources means caring for land in ways that ensure the sustainability and resilience of conservation values. The word “stewardship” has several definitions for land conservation:
- Monitoring and defense of conservation easements
- Actively managing lands to encourage and sustain ecological health and diversity
- Engaging people – like you – in activities that sustain natural resources such as wildlife habitat and water
Stewardship is an ethic that embodies planning and management of the land to prevent loss of habitat and perpetuate long-term sustainability. BYLT accomplishes this through a strong working relationship between landowners and conservation partners.
Restoration Services and Resources Management
Restoration services and resources management include a range of activities specifically designed to restore or enhance conservation values. Responsibility is shared between landowners and BYLT. BYLT’s trained stewardship team can help landowners obtain resources, regulatory approval, direct assistance and referral to aid in planning, developing and carrying out stewardship and restoration activities.
Examples of how the BYLT stewardship team can help landowners includes: assisting with applications for funding or establish connections to federal and state agencies, providing connections to others for management and leasing of land, such as grazing leases, creating vegetation management guides for fire safety or invasive species, reseeding or reforesting lands with native species or enhancing habitat for wildlife repopulation. Supporting and promoting ecological health is a community-based effort. You can support the health of future generations with active land stewardship.
On BYLT Preserves, the Stewardship Team strives to create sustainable, resilient landscapes which provide wildlife habitat and sequester carbon, holds annual BioBlitzes with local schools to get kids outside to explore and observe nature and protects and enhances pollinator populations by planting native pollinator gardens.