Stewardship .... What is it?
In its broadest sense, stewardship is the recognition of our collective responsibility to retain the quality and abundance of our land, air, water and biodiversity, and to manage this natural capital in a way that conserves all of its values, be they environmental, economic, social or cultural.
Specifically, it is our commitment to protect and nurture the natural surroundings entrusted to us to ensure its well-being in the years to come. In so doing, the following principles are followed:
- Caring for the system as a whole
- Conserving resources
- Maintaining and enhancing stability in nature
- Applying cultural values
Otis Sawyer was always a land steward. It was his life commitment to the property that he so dearly loved. According to his wishes, that responsibility has been passed on to the Sawyer Preservation Woodlot Association for us to continue his efforts.
In keeping with the objectives of our association, the SPWA participates in the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program. This is a guiding structure that encourages us to have ongoing planning, review and monitoring of the stewardshp of our property.
In co-operation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and under their supervision, the directors of SPWA have created a Managed Forest plan. This plan covers a 20 year span and must be reviewed and updated every 10 years. A progress report must be prepared and submitted every 5 years. Upon government acceptance of the plan, we become eligible for a substantial reduction of our municipal tax burden.
This plan covers all aspects of our stewardship responsibilities by fully outlining what we have, how we relate to the local environment, and our objectives going forward. It is a very comprehensive document.
You may view it here: SPWA Managed Forest Plan 2019 (1,925 KB, 20 pages)