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Clearcut and Thinning

What’s the cutting all about? EARLY SUCCESSIONAL HABITAT MANAGEMENT

One of Steep Rock’s initiatives is to protect and enhance biodiversity.  Biodiversity is a measure of the variety of habitat types and species present on our preserves.  Often, ecosystems containing a high degree of biodiversity are more productive than those without.  This is due to an enhanced connectivity between organisms resulting from each playing their …

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CAREFUL with this CONSPICUOUS CATERPILLAR

CAREFUL with this CONSPICUOUS CATERPILLAR

Hickory tussock moth larvae have made their presence known in hardwood stands this month. Whether foraging on nut leaves, suspended from a silken strand, residing on low vegetation, or cruising over ground, this caterpillar’s showy appearance makes them stand out.  Predation is of little concern to this distasteful species.  Long abdominal hairs are barbed and stick to an …

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Steep Rock Association achieves Land Trust Alliance Accreditation

Hurrah! Hurrah! We are thrilled to announce that Steep Rock Association (SRA) has achieved national recognition through a rigorous accreditation process. We had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of the accreditation application. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent project of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) awarded our accreditation, …

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MONITORING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

MONITORING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

As notified in the previous edition of VISTA, Steep Rock Association has submitted an application for accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance, seeking recognition for excellence as a conservation organization.  A vital element under review in regard to policies and practices is the stewardship of our conservation easements. Conservation easements (or “conservation restrictions”) are legal …

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