Restoring and Stewarding

Our volunteers help provide the capacity to restore our natural areas and critical wildlife habitat areas. Thanks to them, we tackle restoration projects such as tree planting projects, invasive species removal, and trail building projects.

We are currently involved in a two-year, 1,200+ tree restoration project at the Upper La Platte River Natural Area. We are actively restoring flood-absorbing floodplain forests that formerly helped trap sediments and phosphorous just before the La Platte River flowed into Lake Champlain’s Shelburne Bay. Read the full story about this major restoration project.

In collaboration with our many municipal partners, we also add trail infrastructure projects to help the public enjoy our recreation areas. Our volunteers also monitor our property boundaries and trails.

We are also working with a local landowner to help restore his rare Sandplain Forest and support the growth of young Pitch Pine trees.  Read more about this exciting conservation success story.


Do you have a favorite trail on one of the Land Trust’s conserved properties?  Would you like a great reason to spend some time outdoors this summer?

As we increase the number of public conservation areas and related trails, we’ll need the help of local people who want to make sure they are well-cared for. This summer and fall, we’re looking for folks who would be interested in basic trail maintenance (keeping the trails clear of debris), or would like to help with habitat restoration.

It doesn’t need to take a lot of time and training is available. The type of project or task can be tailored to your skills and your availability, interests, and needed work.

 Spending time outside with my two sons, exploring nature while also giving back…I looked forward to it every month.

-Thomas Shearer has adopted Round Pond Natural Area for the past 5 years

Adopting a trail is a great way for you to make a difference—right here in your community—and have fun at the same time. It’s also a great way to inspire kids about nature.