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Learn More About Trail Stewards
Most of Cape Ann's trails are located on properties owned by one of the municipalities or conservation organizations. We work with these landowners to identify properties in need of stewardship, and to identify volunteers interested in working to keep our trail system up and running.

The primary job of the trail steward is to alert the Cape Ann Trail Stewards to issues such as dumping, inappropriate trail use, invasive species and trail damage. Some stewards also periodically pick up small trash at the trail heads.

Most stewards adopt the trails that they enjoy most, so being a steward simply means making note of what you see during your normal visits. There is no obligation to visit the property at any particular time or at a given frequency.

Stewards are not asked to "police" the trails, or enforce rules or regulations. If you see inappropriate use or dumping underway, do not intervene. Simply alert us by email or phone after your visit.

If you are interested in learning more about trail building and maintenance, take a look at the maps and calendars of our up coming projects on Cape Ann. Our experienced trail builders supervise these events and use them as an opportunity to train our volunteers.

Click here to sign up for our mailing list. Or, fill out the form below to sign up to become a volunteer for CATS.

Other Expertise
Trail Construction and Maintenance
We are always looking for expert trail- builders to help lead a trail event or complete a large-scale trail project.

Real Estate and Land Law
With land and trails as our main business, it's always helpful to have an expert in the field of law.

Grant Writing
Help CATS get their projects funded through outside sources by sharing your grant-writing skills.

Other Events
CATS and our partners hold numerous one-time trail events throughout the year that require significant volunteer efforts. Take a look at our calendar and contact us if you see an event that interests you.