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As part of its mission to promote stewardship of the Great Bay, the Great Bay Stewards have a natural interest in preserving the unique ecology of the Bay and the surrounding habitats.

Protecting the Bay

The Great Bay Stewards support habitat conservation through direct land acquisition and ongoing stewardship of that land, primarily through the Stewards' support of the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership. The Partnership, a group of natural resource organizations, was established in 1994. Working in a twenty-four town region, the Partnership is involved in the continuous acquisition of critical conservation lands. To-date, the Partnership has protected approximately 7,900 acres around Great Bay.

Volunteers from the Stewards membership, along with the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve staff, organize annual work parties. These activities are geared toward specific projects that enhance recreational opportunities or the ecological conditions of the Great Bay lands. Previous projects have included the construction of a walking trail on Goat Island and an invasive plant control project at Chapman's Landing in Stratham.

An exciting current project is the new Community Wildlife Garden in Stratham next to Chapman's Landing.  This property is in the early stages of being developed into a beautiful retreat for local community members, while also serving as an important educational garden demonstrating how one can create an effective backyard wildlife garden.  "Green" landscaping tips such as rain barrels and "no mow lawns" will be implemented on-site, in addition to raised garden beds, a pond, tool shed, benches, and pathways.  Volunteers are needed to help make this new project successful! If you are interested in learning more about the project and how you can volunteer, please visit the Community Wildlife Garden page on the Reserve's website.

 

Pulling knotweed

Volunteers at Goat Island


Additionally, several members of the Great Bay Stewards are currently volunteering as Community Land Stewards for the Reserve. These Stewards adopt a property, becoming the "eyes and ears" of the Reserve for that property. Volunteers select a specific property and visit the land once each season. While there, they will look for:

 

  • Special habitat features, such as beaver dams, vernal pools, dens, etc.
  • Wildlife sightings
  • Invasive plant species
  • Illegal dumping

Volunteers are always needed for community land steward activities. If interested, please call Rachel Stevens at 603-778-0015, or click here to send an e-mail to her.

The Great Bay Stewards
Great Bay Discovery Center
89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH 03840
603-778-0015, ex. 350
Click HERE to send an email to the Great Bay Stewards

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