Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank properties saw an across-the-board increase in usage this summer, according to a summer report delivered to land bank commissioners by superintendent Harrison Kisiel on Monday. Mr. Kisiel attributed the rise to better staffing, which included 13 rangers and one manager over the summer.

Tashmoo Preserve, Mr. Kisiel said, had the highest use increase, up by 67 per cent since last year largely due to better parking lot management. “Parking attendants take a lot of heat,” said commissioner Nancy Weaver. “Thanks for all your work.”

The only two properties with decreased use, Mr. Kisiel said, were Great Rock Bight and Chilmark Pond, which he attributed to water quality concerns and low staffing, respectively.

In other business, the board reappointed three officers for another one-year term. Pamela Goff will continue as chairman, Wesley Mott as vice chair and Nancy Weaver as secretary-treasurer.

Following the commissioner meeting, the land bank turned things over to for a public input session. Members of the public thanking the land bank for preserving open spaces on Island, and suggested increased aquaculture to clean ponds, acquiring trail-connecting lands and a further emphasis on public-facing education.