Our community workdays, wildflowers popping up after a prescribed burn, and wildlife returning after habitat restoration is what reminds us why we do the work that we do.
Something far less compelling that we don’t often talk about are the costs and wear and tear of our stewardship equipment.
From safety glasses to our Chevy Silverado, stewardship gear takes a beating!! A single season of surveying, events, workdays, and a diligent stewardship crew managing our preserves puts more than 16,000 miles on our truck.
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy is dedicated to using your precious dollars as efficiently and effectively as possible to ensure that we are maximizing their benefit to land conservation in southwest Michigan. As such, we try to use recycled, donated or second-hand items as much as we can – it’s a good thing, not only for saving money, but for the environment as well.
We’re in increasing need of a sturdy working truck (or other vehicle) with some life left in it to help replace our aging fleet of “work wagons”. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible vehicle donation, please email Mitch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There are also other pieces of equipment that could help us accomplish our stewardship goals more successfully. If you happen to have any of the following items that you are getting rid of, we would be happy to take them off your hands and put them to good use.
Stewardship Wish List
- for cleaning equipment and maintaining proper vehicle tire inflation
- 20 gallon, 125 psi is ideal
Bench Grinder and/or Wirewheel
- for maintaining metal tools
First Aid Kits
- to augment the ones that we have
- for sharpening loppers
Mosquito Head Netting
- 4×4 would be ideal
Shelves & Bins (for the garage and polebarn)
- We have made a lot of progress in organizing the garage and pole barn, but we could use some shelves and bins to create a streamlined and efficient system that would allow us to quickly access the items we need without searching or re-arranging. Organized stewardship materials in the pole barn would make it much faster for the stewardship crew to gather and put away their gear, and to take care of it as well. In the garage, better systems would help us to organize event signs, materials, and displays — as well as keep the equipment and tools that will enable us to take good care of this house and the vehicles we have been so generously blessed with.
Square Buckets (to hold herbicide rollers)
- such as kitty litter buckets, deli/bakery buckets
Tecnu Poison Ivy Ointment
Trash Bags (for garlic mustard)
- 33-gallon is ideal
- 20-foot flatbed (for SWMLC Kubota tractor and brushhog)
- Utility trailer (for hauling gear, trash, logs, etc.)
- full-sized pickup preferred
- crew cab and minimum standard bed are ideal