More About Stewardship Hubs

What does a Stewardship Hub do?

Stewardship Hubs in New England have two main areas of focus, based on The Stewardship Network Cluster system:

  1. On the ground conservation action and planning
  2. Educating community members in conservation issues and techniques

The Hub members, with support and input from Network staff, determine the activities of the Hub. Typically, these groups:

  • Develop conservation plans and implement real, on-the-ground action
  • Plan trainings and workshops
  • Hold workdays that contribute to a collective solution (e.g. create collective impact)
  • Hold on-line discussion forums to learn from people who are experienced in natural areas protection
  • Create tool-sharing programs, and other activities that improve efficiency
  • Pool resources to hire common stewardship crews
  • Share the expertise of its members to make the entire Stewardship Network stronger
  • Help with grants and fundraising events to fund the conservation activities

Who participates in Stewardship Hubs?

  • Land trusts
  • Conservation Commissioners
  • State and federal agencies
  • Corporate landowners
  • Private businesses
  • Individual volunteer stewards and landowners
  • Watershed organizations
  • Citizen science programs
  • Other organizations and individuals interested in protecting natural areas

What do we gain by participating in a Hub?

Potential gains for groups participating in a Stewardship Network: New England Hub include:

  • Access to the volunteers, expertise, and resources of each member organization and group
  • Restoration of land in a local area
  • General education of residents and continued education of members and interested individuals
  • A network of interested individuals and groups with whom we can share information and questions
  • Energy/Support/Inspiration for stewardship work on land in a local area. This could also be extended to others embarking on similar work near and far
  • Management Planning, both to gain the skills of management planning, and to develop management plans for specific areas
  • Completed projects
  • Funding opportunities for all participants
  • Outreach and awareness for member organizations and the work they do; of the land itself; of the flora and fauna that are part of the land; and of our region and its meaning to people who live there
  • Increased dialogue about a variety of issues and topics, such as restoration techniques, invasive species, and working with volunteers
  • Information about our natural areas webcasts and the ability to help determine the topics