Wellfleet Conservation Trust




from the Paine Family, first acquisition of 2014



On January 6th, the Wellfleet Conservation Trust received a donation of a 1/3-acre parcel of land from Sheila and Robert L. Paine of South Wellfleet to be set aside for conservation.   Sheila and Robert L. (or “Bud”) Paine are members of the Paine family of South Wellfleet, which has roots that date back to the 1700’s and whose family name can be found throughout the area.  They donated the land in honor of Bud’s parents Robert S. and Cynthia M. Paine; the parcel had been in the family for many years. 


The parcel is located south of Gross Hill Road in Wellfleet and abuts the historic Old Kings Highway, a sand cart path which passes through the area, as well as the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Broom crowberry, uncommon in Massachusetts, grows on the parcel along with other heathland vegetation adapted to highly-acidic, nutrient-poor sandy soils.


“Wellfleet has been home to our family for generations, and we love this land,” said Bud Paine, “It feels good to know this little piece will always be conserved in our name.”  “It is an honor to receive this donation, especially considering the source” explained Dennis O’Connell, president of WCT, “It is a gift from one of Wellfleet’s oldest families.  Not only is it a testament to their long-standing commitment to conservation, it is also proof that roots run deep in this community and so there’s hope for the future.”


WCT acquired a total of 13 acres for conservation in 2013.  The Paine donation represents WCT’s first acquisition for 2014.




Robert L. (Bud) Paine and Sheila L. Paine, donors of 0.3-acre land parcel to WCT, January 2014




Land Trusts and the Cape Cod National Seashore

The principles and techniques of land conservation are the same as those used throughout the Town, but we must admit that the Park is a very special place.


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.


In addition, The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts just published a booklet titled "To Live Lightly on the Land - A guide to private land protection in the Cape Cod National Seashore".  To view a copy of the booklet, click here.




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.

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 2013 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. 



Thank You New Members!


As a result of energetic outreach in 2013, the Board of Trustees is pleased to report a 45% growth in membership.  WCT conducted two separate efforts; one to renew lapsed members, and a second larger campaign to recruit new members town-wide. 


To all who joined, we’d like to extend our thanks and a warm welcome.  We also invite all members to join us for our upcoming events, especially our Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 16th and our signature event, the 8th Annual Guided Walk on Saturday, September 6th.



Annual Meeting - it's the 30th.


Mark Saturday August 16th on your calendar.  It's our Annual Meeting - for 30 years Wellfleet Conservation Trust has worked with community organizations and residentsto fulfill our mission.  Plan to join us - details will be forthcoming so watch for our fall newsletter and more information on this website.



Dr. Shirley Stone Garrett leaves legacy with "Thanks for Yesterday and Hope for Tomorrow"


This past August the WCT received a living bequest from long-time summer resident Shirley Stone Garrtt on behalf of herself and her late husband, James Garrett. 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 last September.  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.




Eighth Annual Walk in Wellfleet


Save the date: Saturday, September 6, 2014.  Join us for another walk in Wellfleet.  We have been to a different part of town in each of the previous seven years, and we have a new and historic site in mind for this year.  Details will be forthcoming.  We hope you can join us.





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