Keeping legally designated Open Space lands remain open isn't voluntary. But teams of volunteers play a central role in monitoring the properties' protections
Based in the town of Bodega, the Bodega Land Trust was formed by some of the landowners whose easements the trust now manages. Those properties are concentrated around Occidental and the coast, but Sharon Sadler, the BLT's Monitoring Coordinator, says they represent a considerable variety of habitats.
In May of each year, the Bodega Land Trust holds a training session for people interested in becoming a conservation easement monitor. Sadler spells out the details for this year's upcoming meeting.
Georgiana Hale, Conservation Easement Stewardship Manager for the Sonoma Land Trust, says property owners have varied reasons for choosing to implement a conservation easement.