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.
A 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.
15 of our properties are reserves.
A 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.