The Conservation Division is grateful to have a wonderful volunteer network to assist with the stewardship of the Conservation Commission's conservation land and the maintenance of our many trails. We frequently seek assistance from interested volunteers to help with tasks ranging from invasive plant removal to education and outreach. Two types of volunteer programs are available:
Our Stewards are passionate about volunteering to help maintain an assigned conservation area on a regular basis. Community members are welcome to apply to be matched with their preferred reservation to assist with tasks including trail maintenance, sign installation, invasive plant control, trash cleanup, and visitor education (i.e., about leash laws). Volunteer stewards are also our eyes and ears, alerting Conservation staff and the Conservation Commission to any unexpected management issues such as fallen or hazard trees, illegal dumping, and other encroachments. Stewards are responsible for completing and submitting an annual monitoring report to Conservation staff that provides information about their reservation over the past year, and are asked to be able to commit to a monthly site visit.
Not everyone is able to commit to monthly stewardship activities, but many community members are still interested in participating in one-off conservation events such as cleanups along the Merrimack River, group trail workdays, minor construction projects, and invasive plant removal efforts. Interested parties will be added to a listserv to be notified of workdays happening around Andover.
If you would like to get involved with either of our volunteer programs, please email CDPconservation@andoverma.us