As part of the 700+ acre Greater Gales Brook Conservation Project, Mount Grace is working directly with four families to either purchase their land or place a conservation restriction on it. For each project, this involves spending time with the family to learn about how they use their property and what’s important to them, as well as spending time on the land itself and getting very familiar with the property’ history of deeds. We often need to order new surveys and deal with common issues like mortgages, boundary questions, and utility easements. To do this work, we rely on a network of independent, professional contractors like title examiners, appraisers, surveyors, natural resource experts, and attorneys. Mount Grace project managers are tasked with keeping the ship upright and navigating it safely to harbor. In our case, the harbor usually takes the form of an attorney’s office or a conference table at the Registry of Deeds. Once the deed or conservation restriction is recorded, we can rest in knowing that the land has been permanently protected. From there, our stewardship staff take over and project managers dive into the next project. At this point, we are nearing the harbor, but have a ways yet to go before we finish our four pieces of the Greater Gales Brook Conservation Project.