Wellfleet Conservation Trust



Summer Walks - 2015


Learn About Wellfleet Open Space Trails


WCT and the Open Space Committee (OSC) will be hosting three shorter, casual walks this summer to familiarize the  public with certain of the trail systems at our combined Conservation Areas. The walks will be on the Thursday mornings shown below and are expected to take about an hour.


They will be guided by WCT Trustees and OSC members. For more information on the trails and directions, see the "Conservation Lands and Trails" on the banner above on this web page.


Walkers will meet at 9 AM - rain or shine!


July 16th - Fox Island and Pilgrim Springs Conservation Area - meet at the Baker Rd. Trail Head.


July 30th - Clover Conservation Area - meet at the parking area across from the Cottontail Rd. intersection with Old County Rd/Old King's Highway


August 13th - Bayberry Conservation Area - meet at the intersection of Lt. Island Rd and Moody's Way (Please park along Lt. Island Rd.)


Walkers should bring insect repellant and sunscreen. The walks are free and all are welcome.





Save the Date


July 19th, 10 am.  Drummer Cove Link Lot on-site discussion and trail work.  See story at right.


August 15th, 31st Annual WCT Meeting - 10 a.m. Wellfleet Senior Center with featured speaker Neil Shubin


September 12th, 9th Annual Guiden Walk, 9 a.m. Gather at Maquire's Landing Parking Lot, LeCount Hollow Beach


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.



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.






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.


Read more (click here)     For a map of the area (click here)
















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