2019 Adopt-A-Preserve VOLUNTEER Rules and Regulations

Trail Work: Please do not make any changes to the preserve before consulting the Stewardship Manager. The use of power tools (i.e. chainsaws) is prohibited by volunteers, but hand tools may be used for pre-approved trail work. Contact Stewardship Manager Erik Boyer at eboyer@wildlandstrust.org.

Waste: Do not handle any medical or human waste (needles, human fecal matter, etc.). Include this information in your AAP monitoring report so it can be properly removed by Wildlands Trust staff. Litter that is safe to handle may be removed by volunteers while on site visits.

Protection: Wear proper personal protective equipment (i.e. gloves, goggles, etc.) when picking up trash or performing any trail maintenance tasks.

Reporting: Only volunteers who fill out monitoring reports will be considered active. After your monitoring visit, please complete an online AAP monitoring report and include any general property maintenance issues (ex. vandalism, fallen trees across the trails, dumping piles, etc.). Along with your field presence and efforts to keep your preserve clean, the report is the reason for your monitoring visit. You are our eyes and ears in the field, and we need to know what you see and hear! Report forms can be found on our website at: https://wildlandstrust.org/adopt-a-preserve.

Violators: If you encounter any third party violators, we ask that you do not confront them for your own personal safety. If you encounter any legal issues during your monitoring visits, call your local police department’s non-emergency line and include details of the violation in your AAP monitoring report.

Off Road Vehicles: Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all Wildlands Trust properties. If you observe the use of off-road vehicles (ATVs, dirt bikes, etc.), you can call your local police department’s non-emergency line. Please include this violation in your AAP monitoring report.

Hunting: Wildlands Trust permits hunting on South Triangle Pond Preserve in Plymouth, Great River Preserve in Bridgewater, and Striar Conservancy in Halifax. All hunters must wear blaze orange and may only hunt during the appropriate seasons. We recommend that volunteers wear blaze orange during monitoring visits at all Wildlands Trust preserves during the fall season. Hunting violations you may encounter may include:

  • Hunting out of season. Regulations are set by the State of Massachusetts and can be found at: www.mass.gov/hunting-regulations.

  • Hunters not wearing blaze orange.

  • Hunting on Wildlands Trust preserves that do not permit hunting.

If you witness a violation during a monitoring visit, call your local police department’s non-emergency line and include details of the violation in your AAP monitoring report.

Wildlife: Our policy is to keep wildlife wild. Never feed or attempt to touch wild animals while volunteering for Wildlands Trust. For issues involving injured or ill wildlife, call The Division of Fish and Game, Southeast District (508-759-3406), the New England Wildlife Center (781-682-4878), or your local animal control line and include details of the event in your AAP monitoring report.

Property Boundaries: Please do not enter any private property that abuts Wildlands Trust preserve, even if there is a trail connection.

Preserve rules: Only enter preserves between dawn and dusk, and obey all other preserve rules during your monitoring visits. Preserve-specific rules are posted at trailhead, and general rules can be found on our website: https://wildlandstrust.org/visitor-guidelines/.

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