Land stewardship is a hands-on activity, executed in all kinds of weather across widely varying terrain. Participants come and go; they bring different backgrounds and a range of experience. The task list seems endless, but safety must remain atop the pile. This presentation lays out basic safety preparations that land stewards should practice in leading groups and empowering communities. Safety reaches beyond the individual realm when volunteers and those less familiar with the outdoors seek to engage; leaders must learn to appreciate their startpoints and the nuances of project sites. This perspective, applied in planning stages and implemented on landscapes, ensures that known risks are properly mitigated and all participants are well prepared. The desired outcome is positive outdoor experiences, and the first step on that path is safety.
Plan Your Way Out of Unplanned Events: Managing Landscapes with Safety in Mind