Frequent Volunteer Land Stewards Questions

Frequent VOLUNTEER LAND STEWARDS QUESTIONS

with LCC RESPONSES TO ADDRESS PUBLIC BEHAVIOR

For all incidents: Notify the Conservancy of the issue via phone, e-mail and/or mail so that the Conservancy is aware of the incident; incidents can be kept on a preserve file to monitor and/or to initiate enforcement procedures as necessary.

Primary Contact: Brandon Tennis, Director of Stewardship at (717)-392-7891; btennis@lancasterconservancy.org.

1. Land Steward QUESTION: Someone is illegally parked on a preserve? What should I do? 

Conservancy RESPONSE: If the vehicle is illegally parked contact the local police and/or state police to address the issue. If possible, discreetly take down the vehicle license plate number, general description of the vehicle, etc. Provide as much information as available including photos, time of day, date, etc. Notify the Conservancy of the incident.

2. Land Steward QUESTION: I observed a poaching incident or found a suspected poached animal what should I do?

Conservancy RESPONSE: If you observe a poaching incident in progress notify the PA Game Commission immediately at 1-610-926-3136. Using your judgment if the individual is approachable identify yourself as a Conservancy Volunteer Land Steward and inform the person respectfully that it is unlawful to hunt animals out of season on the preserve. If preserve signage is available, encourage the person to review the posted rules and regulations. If you suspect an animal has been poached on a preserve contact the Game Commission at the number above. Notify the Conservancy of the incident. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has established a “Turn-In-a-Poacher” program to strengthen the Commonwealth’s efforts to apprehend people who are suspected of killing threatened or endangered species or big game animals, and a witness report was instrumental in securing a successful conviction. You can get involved by either calling a toll-free-telephone number – 1-888-742-8001 – or filling out a “TIP” Reporting Form.

3. Land Steward QUESTION: There is a group of people drinking alcoholic beverages and/or I suspect illegal drug use on the preserve. What should I do?

Conservancy RESPONSE: After getting to a safe location and if possible, call the police immediately and let them know that a person or persons is/are drinking and/or there is suspicious drug use on the preserve. If calling the police is not possible, discreetly take down the number of individuals involved, vehicle (s) license plate number (s), general description of the vehicle(s) etc. 2 Provide as much information as available including photos, time of day, date, etc. to report to local authorities. Notify the Conservancy of the incident.

4. Land Steward QUESTION: Someone has a fire started on a preserve. What should I do?

Conservancy RESPONSE: Using your judgment if the individual is approachable identify yourself as a Conservancy Volunteer Land Steward and inform the person respectfully that fires are prohibited on the preserve. Call the police immediately if you are unsure of the situation. Call the Fire Company immediately if the fire could potentially get out of control. If calling the police is not possible, discreetly take down the number of individuals involved, vehicle (s) license plate number if visible, etc. Provide as much information as available including photos, time of day, date, etc. to report to local authorities as soon as possible. Notify the Conservancy of the incident.

5. Land Steward QUESTION: Someone is digging native plants from a preserve? What should I do?

Conservancy RESPONSE: Using your judgment if the individual is approachable identify yourself as a Conservancy Volunteer Land Steward and inform the person respectfully that it is unlawful to collect wild plants on the preserve. If preserve signage is available, encourage the person to review the posted rules and regulations. Notify the Conservancy of the incident.

6. Land Steward QUESTION: I observed someone dumping on a preserve. What should I do?

Conservancy RESPONSE: If possible call the police immediately and let them know that someone is illegally dumping on the preserve. If calling the police is not possible, discreetly take down the vehicle (s) license plate number, general description of the vehicle, etc. Provide as much information as available including photos, description of vehicle, time of day, date, etc. to report to local authorities as soon as possible. Notify the Conservancy of the incident.

7. Land Steward QUESTION: A dog is off their leash on a preserve property. How should this issue be handled?

Conservancy RESPONSE: Using your judgment if the individual is approachable identify yourself as a Conservancy Volunteer Land Steward and inform the person respectfully that dogs are to be leashed on the preserve. If preserve signage is available, encourage the person to review the posted rules and regulations. Notify the Conservancy of the incident.

8. Land Steward QUESTION: I saw someone camping overnight on the preserve? What should I do?

Conservancy RESPONSE: Using your judgment if the individual is approachable identify yourself as a Conservancy Volunteer Land Steward and inform the person respectfully that it is unlawful to set up camp on the preserve. If preserve signage is available, encourage the person to review the posted rules and regulations. Notify the Conservancy of the incident.

9. Land Steward QUESTION: There may be a suspected violation but I am not sure?

Conservancy RESPONSE: Whenever you suspect a Lancaster County Conservancy regulation has been clearly violated, please record as much information as available (including photos of the suspected violation, description of location, time of day, date, etc.) and contact the authorities. As with all incidents if you feel your life may be threatened call 911.

Emergency Contact: 911

PA Game Commission: 1-610-926-3136

PA Fish and Boat Commission: 717-626-0228 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or after hours to Countywide Communications 664-1180, which is the Non-Emergency 911

IMPORTANT: If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help. (Source: http://www.911.gov/whencall.html)

When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:

  • The location of the emergency, including the street address
  • The phone number you are calling from
  • The nature of the emergency
  • Details about the emergency, such as a physical description of a person who may have committed a crime, a description of any fire that may be burning, or a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced by a person having a medical emergency

Remember, the call-taker’s questions are important to get the right kind of help to you quickly.

Be prepared to follow any instructions the call-taker gives you. Many 911 centers can tell you exactly what to do to help in an emergency until help arrives, such as providing step-by-step instructions to aid someone who is choking or needs first aid or CPR.

Finally, do not hang up until the call-taker instructs you to.

For More Information: http://www.nena.org/911-tips-guidelines

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