{ The lifeblood of our organization }

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization.

We rely on dedicated, motivated volunteers to gather petition signatures, research issues and, most importantly, help the Land Trust do what matters to the people of Putnam County – preserve our Open Spaces. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. They’re writers, waiters, bankers, students, lawyers, parents, policemen and firemen – you name it. But the single item they have in common is their desire to ensure a better life for our future.

Current Opportunities:

Garden Maintenance at the Dorrie O ’Brien House
Will require once a month weeding and fussing with plants during the growing season, late March to early October. The amount of time will depend on the number of volunteers and could be anywhere from one hour to about four hours. It will not be necessary to complete all in one day. You might choose to adopt one particular area to work at your convenience.

The goal is to have this group be up and running ready for spring but perhaps some help with fall clean up would be possible. Learn more about native plant species and about deer deterrent practices when you help here.

Join a Trail Building Crew
Master trail builder Dod Chahroudi will lead a trail building crew to work on various preserves. Learn this skill from someone who has vast experience or bring your own special knowledge to this. Someone will need to volunteer to be the group organizer. Time required as your schedule allows.

Help Organize and File Land Trust Records
Once the Dorrie O ‘Brien house is ready, we will be working on organizing and filing land trust records. This is a good project for the winter. This will be a project you can work on at your own pace and as your time allows.

Grant Fulfillment
The NYS Conservation Partnership Grant will need the help of someone to put together a book for each of our preserves. This book will contain all the legal documents, maps, photos, related newspaper/pclt newsletter articles, correspondence, etc. Most of these materials are gathered together for each preserve. They just need to be organized and put into a binder. To carry this one step further, each manual will then need to be copied for storage in a separate location. Training and time beginning in October. Paul Elconin from The Open Space Institute will be working with these individuals.

Newsletter Editor
We send three newsletters out per year. We need one or more persons to come up with theme for each issue and to seek articles from board members, land trust members and others to complete the newsletter. Layout is not required. Coordination of labels and mailing would be appreciated but not required.

Volunteer Coordinator
Do you enjoy meeting and getting to know people? Our land trust volunteers are a wonderful group of very diverse and interesting people and the lucky person who takes on this mission will get to know them all. Our volunteers are sorely in need of someone who will help coordinate their talents to meet Putnam County Land Trust needs. Tasks include phone calls and maintaining an up to date list.

Call Judy Terlizzi at (845) 228-4520 for more information or to sign up for any of these opportunities!