To manage our properties as best we can, Barnstable Land Trust has embarked on a Roadside Assessment Project. The objective is to assess most of BLT’s protected properties (excluding landlocked properties) from the road in order to gauge:
- Visibility of the property and BLT signage
- Condition of the property by the roadside
- Parking and access
- Potential issues to be addressed at a separate visit and/or project
Will Holden, BLT Land Stewardship Coordinator, is working on a long-term management plan for all of BLT’s properties. Aware that this will take time to develop and implement, Will determined that a basic assessment project could get off the ground, so to speak, sooner rather than later, and the Roadside Assessment Project was born. He put together binders for each of Barnstable’s 7 villages, which include information such as assessment and maintenance processes, checklists of tools and equipment, properties to be visited, site maps, locations, etc.
In September Will, along with Dylan Davids, BLT’s AmeriCorps service member, and volunteers Peter Doyle and Don Salamack got going. Assessments of 12 properties in Barnstable Village, 9 properties in Cotuit, and 13 properties in Osterville are complete. Thus far, they have identified and rectified typical roadside issues: piles of trash and leaves, broken fences, downed trees, and fallen signs. The information has been recorded and entered into a database. The plan is to complete all the roadside assessments within a year, returning to each property 2 to 3 times.
Want to help? If you like being outdoors, getting fresh air and visiting some amazing properties in Barnstable, contact Will Holden at will@BLT.org or call 508-771-2585, ext. 102.
We also need of 3 essential tools to do this important work: brush cutter, hedge trimmer, weed whacker. If you’d like to donate any of those items or other tools (i.e., circular saw, wheelbarrow, saw horses, trash pick-sticks, screwdrivers, pliers, socket wrenches, hand snips, trowels, shovels, etc.), give Will a shout. Thank you!