Wellfleet Conservation Trust



Annual Meeting - 2015


The 31st Annual Meeting of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust was held on Saturday, August 18th at the Wellfleet Senior Center.  In addition to an update on Trust activities by President Denny O'Connell, Dr. Neil Shubin, Robert R. Bensley Professor, Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago and a summer Wellfleet resident presented his workfocused on understanding the mechanisms behind the evolutionary origin of new anatomical features and faunas.


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9th Annual Guided Walk


On a beautiful Saturday in Wellfleet, September 12th, 73 walkers joind the Trust in a 3 mile guided walk in South Wellfleet.  Highlights of the walk included talks on the history and main features of the area by Denny and Bill, Pam Tice, Mary Rogers, Dwight Estey and Don Palladino. 


The photo below shows Denny O'Connell, Trust President and Bill Iacuessa, Vice President, welcoming the walkers.




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Save the Date


September 26th, Presentation by The Association to Preserve Cape Cod - "Sea Level Rise: Changing Cape Cod's Groundwater" 2 p.m. Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center Auditorium


November 7th, State of the Wellfleet Harbor Conference, 9 a.m. Wellfleet Elementary School



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.








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 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. 



Do you pruchase books and other items from Amazon?  


The Wellfleet Conservation Trust is registered with Amazon so that a portion of your purchases becomes a donation to us. So if you are going to purchase, why not make it so your WCT receives a contribution from Amazon.


To do this, instead of your regular bookmarked Amazon page use https://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2559199 . All your regular sign in information (name and password) should work and you will get the regular Amazon pricing and the Trust will receive a contribution.  A win-win situation.   Thank you.




WCT announces plans to acquire the Drummer Cove Link Lot


The Wellfleet Conservation Trust (WTC) has entered an agreement to acquire the "Drummer Cove Link Lot" in South Wellfleet from the Drummer Cove Nominee Trust (DCNT), a group of conservation-minded individuals willing to serve as a bridging ownership entity for WCT.  The DCNT approached WCT offering to acquire the property for conservation and recreation purposes until such time as WCT could take ownership. The agreement gives WCT time to fundraise and to make application for a Conservation Partnership Grant with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.


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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 $75,000.  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.












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