I wrote up this document to simply capture some of my recommendations, best practices, and observations over the years. My thinking arose out of treatment work on multiple sites in varied settings. There are good takeaways for everyone, but definitely a need to tailor the information to fit particular infestations / properties.
Happy to be a presenter at The Stewardship Network Conference on 17 and 18 January… a great annual event in East Lansing, MI. I’ll be sharing practical tips and experiences from the world of field safety. And as always, I’ll be learning from some fantastic stewardship practicioners. Good stuff.
Speaking of Stewardship:
Our work on landscapes hopefully moves us closer over time to a desired vision, a property or watershed more resilient, healthy, and biodiverse than its present condition. So we Transition the space, and we do so over an appropriate timeframe. Nature’s calendar must be respected here; she’s been doing this much longer than we have. What we can provide is Stewardship.
Everyone has their own definition of Stewardship, but I like to assemble a collection of terms that all contribute to the idea. My own single word for Stewardship is Presence. My Presence, or absence, is my signature on the land. It defines my approach, my values, and what I stand for. I find that meaningful; others have suggested terms such as Continuity. Again, a powerful word that calls to mind a connection between actions, day to day and year to year. Brilliant – good stewardship is how we care for the land and resources we are fortunate to have, and that should be a task that fulfills us without end.
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