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Following the Annual Meeting of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust on August 17th, members of the community gathered at Pilgrim Springs Conservation Area in South Wellfleet to dedicate the Robert Gordon Hankey Memorial. The memorial commemorates the conservation achievements of Robert, a founder and former President and President Emeritus of WCT.
Robert was well known in many regional conservation activities, including his part in establishing the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts and the Compact's Land Fund. In addition to his local and regional conservation efforts, Robert continued to use his legal training and mindset to the benefit of the Town of Wellfleet. He was guiding light on the Board of Zoning Appeals for nearly 30 years and a long standing member of the Charter and Bylaws committees. Additionally, the voters of Wellfleet looked forward to seeing Robert's smile as he volunteered at the polling site for so many years.
Click here for more photos of the dedication event.
State Income Tax Credit for Land Conservation
Starting late in 2011, for the first time ever, landowners who engage in conservation transactions with non-profit land trusts, towns or agencies can be eligible for a powerful new tax advantage—a refundable State income tax credit worth up to $50,000. This should be exciting news for landowners. While there have always been income tax deductions available for land gifts on a donor’s federal returns, there have never been any incentives on the State tax side. Now there are both.
You do not need to reside in Massachusetts or even pay taxes here; so long as you own the land, and the land qualifies, you qualify. Contact The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts at 508-362-2565 or click here for more information.
Land Trusts and the Cape Cod National Seashore
The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trust has produced an 11-minute video describing the partnership between private landowners and the National Park Service to create the Cape Cod National Seashore, emerging threats and the work of non-profit land trusts to save land in the National Seashore. It is an excellent video and cites several examples of positive partnerships here in Wellfleet.
Click here to go to the Documents Page and view the video.
The mission of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust is to conserve land in perpetuity for enjoyment by current and future generations.
Thank you for your membership renewals and contributions in 2012 that allow us to fulfill our mission. Your tax-deductible support is essential for our success in being able to acquire and maintain properties that are important in maintaining the quality of life in our community.
You may renew your membership or make a contribution by clicking on the Network for Good button on the header of each page of this website. Of course, contributions by mail continue to be welcome.
Dr. Shirley Stone Garret leaves legacy with "Thanks for Yesterday and Hope for Tomorrow"
This August the WCT received a living bequest from long-time summer resident Shirley Stone Garre! on behalf of herself and her late husband, James Garre!. The WCT trustees are deeply grateful for this generous gift, and inspired by the deep commitment to preserving open space in Wellfleet that this gift represents.
To read more and see our Fall 2013 Newsletter, click here.
Seventh Annual Walk in Wellfleet
Over 100 walkers participated in the WCT walk on a beautiful Saturday morning. The walk covered the Old Wharf area in South Wellfleet with talks along the way covering the history of the area as well as shellfishing in Blackfish Creek, terrapin protection and special emphasis on the fishing industry and sailing vessels that called Old Wharf their home port.
Shown below is a photo of WCT President Denny O'Connell and Vice President Bill Iacuessa orienting the participants on the area and route of the walk. For more photos, click here.
The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust was held on August 17th with about 100 members and guests in attendance. At this meeting the members elected Trustees and received a financial report and an update on Trust activities and acquisitions over the past year. In addtion, Mr. Thomas A. Stone, M.A., environmental geologist and Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) delivered the keynote address titled “Losing Wellfleet.”
WCT President Denny O'Connell and Mr. Tom Stone at the Annual Meeting
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Click here to view the 2013 Newsletter. It contains the President's letter, updates on recent property activity and upcoming events.