Get Involved in Conservation
Volunteering for the Department
The Town of Lincoln has 80+ miles of trails across over 5 square miles of conservation land. The Department and Lincoln Land Conservation Trust staff spend a great deal of effort on sound stewardship of the land. Staff are seeking assistance from volunteers to perform trail upkeep and education/outreach. Three volunteer programs are available:
Volunteer Conservation Crew: Fieldwork Fridays & Stewardship Saturdays
Join Conservation Department and LLCT staff for a hands-on chance to help maintain our trails and open space! Build bridges, learn invasive species management, and enjoy the great outdoors. See the below dates and attached flyer for registration information. More volunteer workdays will be announced later in the season!
Saturday May 7, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wheeler Farm Garlic Mustard Pull and Invasives Clearing
Friday, June 3, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beaver Pond Invasives Pulling
Staff are seeking volunteers who already enjoy walking on the trails regularly. Volunteers may choose one or two conservation areas to “adopt”. Responsibilities include keeping trails clear of twigs and branches, picking up trash, light vegetation management, and reporting on downed trees, erosion, missing signage and other trail issues. Ideally Adopt-A-Trail volunteers will check and report on their chosen trail systems at least monthly.
Volunteer rangers walk the trails and provide friendly education to trail users about overall trail rules. This position requires being outgoing and willing to engage with trail users. Overall it is meant to provide a welcoming presence on the trails – we are looking for rangers who will conduct themselves as friendly ambassadors to the Lincoln trail system! We are currently prioritizing rangers at Mt. Misery and Flints Pond. Ideally volunteer rangers will be out on the trails once a week but we can accommodate some flexibility in the schedule.
Contact staff for more information, or fill out the following Google Form to apply for our Volunteer Program: https://forms.gle/K6J2MnCf7CfNdmNX8
The Lincoln Conservation Department and Lincoln Land Conservation Trust host a "Conservation Coffee" the first Thursday of every month on Zoom. During these ~1 hour meetings, Conservation and LLCT staff share recent updates and information about upcoming events. We often have a guest speaker who presents on a local conservation topic. Past topics have included the jellyfish of Walden Pond, wildlife at Farrar Pond, Conservation Department Land Management tactics, the geology of Fairhaven Bay, and others. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get on the email list for notifications.
Upcoming Conservation Coffee:
Join Conservation Dept. and Lincoln Land Conservation Trust staff for our monthly Conservation Coffee. The next Coffee will be held on May 12th at 8 a.m. Dr. Jennifer Forman Orth, an Environmental Biologist at the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, will discuss the invasive spotted lanternfly - how to identify it, where it has been found, and what to do if you find it. A flyer with Zoom link can be found here.
Past Conservation Coffee Recordings:
- July 2021 - "Mammals at Farrar Pond" with Ron McAdow
- October 2021 - "Jellyfish of Walden Pond"
- December 2021 - "The History of Mt. Misery" with Ron McAdow
- January 2022 - "American Chestnuts in Lincoln" with Mark Meehl
- February 2022 - "Farrington Nature Linc" with Wendy Matusovich
- April 2022 - "The Walden Woods Project" with Kathi Anderson
Tuesday Trail Walks
Conservation Department staff lead trail walks in the Spring and Fall to various conservation areas. Fall walks are usually from late September - early November. Spring walks generally go from late April - early June. Our 2022 Spring Walk sign-up sheet is now available. Tabs along the bottom row of the spreadsheet have sign-ups for each individual walk date. Contact Conservation staff for assistance.