Adopt-A-Preserve Land Steward Rules and Regulations

Tool usage: Wildlands Trust prohibits use of power tools (ex. chainsaws) by AAP volunteers. Hand tools may be used to do light trail work if approved by the Stewardship Manager.

Violators: If you encounter any third party violators, do not confront them. If you encounter any legal issues during your monitoring visits, call your local police department’s non-emergency line and include details in your monitoring report to Wildlands Trust.

Off Road Vehicles: If you observe people riding off-road vehicles (ATVs, dirt bikes, etc.), call your local police department’s non-emergency line and include this in your monitoring report.

Hunting: Wildlands Trust permits hunting on South Triangle Pond Preserve in Plymouth, Great River Preserve in Bridgewater, and Striar Conservancy in Halifax during the appropriate seasons, as set by the state each year. All hunters are required to wear blaze orange. If you are adopting a Wildlands Trust preserve that permits hunting, or a preserve that abuts any state or town lands that permit hunting, and you witness hunters who are not wearing blaze orange or are hunting out of season, call your local police department’s non-emergency line and include details in your monitoring report. If you observe hunters at any time of year on any other Wildlands Trust preserves, please call your local police department’s non-emergency line and include details in your monitoring report.

Wildlife: For issues involving wildlife, call the New England Wildlife Center (781-682-4878) and your local animal control line and include details in your monitoring report.

Waste: Do not pick up any medical or human waste (needles, human fecal matter, etc.). Be sure to include any waste found in your monitoring report so it can be properly removed.

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

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

Property changes: Please do not make any changes to the property (ex. cutting new trails) beyond basic maintenance before consulting Wildlands staff.

Preserve rules: Only enter preserves between dawn and dusk, and obey all other preserve rules during your visits. Rules are posted at trailhead.

Reporting: After your monitoring visit, please complete an online monitoring report and include any general property maintenance issues (ex. vandalism, fallen trees across the trails, dumping piles, etc.) Only volunteers who fill out monitoring reports on a monthly basis will be considered active.

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