Stewardship Director – Mary-Kate Kane
Sakonnet Preservation is proud to announce a new addition to our staff. Mary-Kate Kane has been hired by as Stewardship Director. “Stewardship at Sakonnet Preservation refers to the management of the responsibilities that come with every property and easement SPA acquires. This includes the annual monitoring by board and community volunteers of all 58 properties to ensure that the stipulations included in deeds or easement agreements are being fulfilled. Stewardship is an integral part of conservation, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The Stewardship Director will oversee our team of volunteer property monitors to ensure that the property’s important conservation values are identified and protected.
Pursuant to the national Land Trust Alliance’s standards and accepted land trust practices, we shall monitor each of our conservation easement properties at least once each year in order to strengthen the relationship with the landowner, ascertain changes in land ownership and ensure enforcement of the easement’s terms.
Quote from a Community Volunteer Monitor – Jana Porter
“Being a monitor for SPA deepens my relationship with the protected land in our town and with people who have made sure their land will always remain undeveloped. I steward two properties for SPA, which means I get to walk those properties with the landowners every spring before leaf out to make sure the conservation easements on their land are being observed.
Over the years, monitoring “my” two properties has become a rite of spring. I know I will be welcomed by the landowners and that we will share our growing knowledge and respect for their land. I know Sarah and I will set the date, but Jack and I will walk the property. I know Sidney, over 90, will meet me, walk with me, and show me the treasures of her landscape. Sarah and I have become friends and share the major events of our families as well as occasional yoga mat space. Sidney visits and contributes to my garden and brings great grandchildren to visit my treehouse.
I am blessed to live here, to have this opportunity, and to know these people.”