Greater Lovell Land Trust

PROPERTIES COMMISSION

The Properties Commission is guided and funded by the GLLT board. Each commission member is designated as captain or co-captain of a particular property.
The property captains plan and implement stewardship goals specific to the characteristics of the location. Each captain recruits volunteers to assist in the work of stewardship and planning.
The Commission has eleven members and meets year-round.

The Commission's Function

Managing GLLT properties in the Public Interest
  • Establish usage guidelines
  • Maintain the trail systems
  • Assure the propagation of its native wildlife with respect to each site’s ecology characteristics
  • Respect the wishes of previous owners
  • Be aware of cultural and historical usages
  • Track local community inputs
  • Be aware of abutters and neighborhood concerns
  • Continuously monitor the impact of usage on the landscape

In some instances the status of a property is determined by the intentions of the donor. In others, the Commission recommends the appropriate status to the GLLT after completion of investigations that include scientific appraisal of flora, fauna, and overall ecology. For every property we manage, our stewards are particularly concerned about promoting the public’s appreciation and enjoyment of its natural environment while protecting this legacy for the generations to come.

Through the efforts of a licensed forest manager, we have established a forest management plan designed to maintain the ecological health of each venue through selected cuttings. We plan these projects with professional loggers recognized for their care of tree populations and who have demonstrated responsible cutting practices.

The GLLT owns and cares for 18 properties

Our properties are designated as reserves or preserves. 

What is a...

RESERVE

RESERVE is a property with a natural environment that is of special interest to the public, and therefore worthy of protection from development as a public trust. These are commonly working properties in which timber harvesting and a range of public activities such as hunting may be permitted.

 

 

9 of our properties are reserves.

What is a...

PRESERVE

PRESERVE has a similar but more restrictive purpose, for it contains flora or fauna or particular ecological conditions that are so important and so fragile that they should remain perpetually undisturbed and unaltered by human intervention.

Public access may be permitted, but only to the extent that the environment is not in any way compromised. Timber harvesting, for instance, normally would be an unacceptable human alteration of a PRESERVE’S ecosystem.

2 of our properties are preserves.