Monitoring Conservation Properties
Why We Monitor
Annual monitoring visits help us keep track of activities taking place on the land and result in a legal record of the property’s condition, providing staff with the information needed to follow up if necessary. This process is one of the primary ways we stay in regular contact with all of our easement landowners. By spending time with landowners on their properties, we develop strong relationships and promote a collaborative approach to land management while building support throughout our community. Sonoma Land Trust is also obligated by the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices to monitor each individual property at least once each calendar year.
The Volunteer Monitoring Program
We rely on a team of dedicated volunteers to keep the conservation monitoring program running. Conservation monitors, typically working in groups of two to three, visit each of our easement-protected properties annually. Collectively, our volunteers monitor more than 7,000 acres of protected land where they hike, photograph and write reports in collaboration with our stewardship department. Conservation monitors make a two-year commitment to the program, attend an annual training and maintain a current Land Trust membership. The conservation monitoring program has attracted some of our most enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, some of whom have been monitoring conservation properties for over a decade!