Your Farmland Steward will contact you before the visit to coordinate on the timing of the monitoring visit, and hopefully find a time to meet with you directly. If you aren't available to meet or walk the property, your Steward will check in about the condition of the property over the phone or via email. On the day of the visit, your steward will walk a good portion of the property to ensure that the terms of the easement are being met. The areas visited will depend on the specific easement terms, but generally we will want to see:
- Farmstead areas or other building envelopes
- New structures
- Active timber harvest areas
- High risk boundaries
- Special ecological zones (buffers, etc.)
- Public access areas
Your Farmland Steward will document changes with photographs and GPS data. All notes will be documented in a monitoring report that will be mailed to you for your records.
Some years, we contract with a company to take aerial photographs of large landholdings, farms that are currently fallow, and largely wooded properties. If your property is included in our aerial monitoring, your Farmland Steward will reach out after viewing the photo to touch base on any changes. Plus, you'll get a really cool up-to-date photo of your farm!