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Wellfleet Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey

 

The Town of Wellfleet is in the process of updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan.  An update is necessary to qualify for State reimbursement programs for acquisition and protection of important open space.  This survey is being conducted as part of the update in order to understand the needs and concerns of the community of Wellfleet regarding open space and recreation.

 

"Open Space" in this survey is defined as publicitgy accessible undeveloped lands which are important for a variety of reasons including harbor and ground water quality, passive recfreation, or simply because of their scenic qualities and their contributions to the overall charachter of the Town.

 

Please take a few minutes to answer all of the applicable questions.  Thank you for your participation.

 

Click here to link to the online survey

 

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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.

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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 $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.

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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. 

 

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A Blustery Winter in Wellfleet

Uncle Tim's Bridge and Hamblen Park
Uncle Tim's Bridge and Hamblen Park

This winter has proven more difficult than most for many Wellfleet residents. Over the past month, Cape Cod has undergone three major snowstorms with almost no time between them. The ground has been covered under a giant white blanket for well over two months. Just when residents feel their walkways and driveways are shoveled, another six inches is dumped from the sky. Additionally, even when the snow has briefly stopped falling, the wind whips up whatever is already down into clouds of white fury. The roads are lined with towers of a dirty snow mixture, and after every storm they grow higher. Despite the hardships and labor that this winter has entailed, its beauty has been second to none. With snow bearing down over the thousands of pitch pines, Wellfleet has become a winter wonderland. The remarkable expanses of snow and ice coverage over the coastlines simply cannot be beat. The cracking chunks of ice and snow floating over incoming waves creates a unique and mesmerizing phenomena. It’s a good thing this winter is so aesthetically stunning because the snow just keeps on falling!

By Sasha Berns, AmeriCorps Cape Cod

Click here to view a photo slideshow of Wellfleet Winter 2015

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31st Annual Meeting of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust- Save the Date

 

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held on Ausust 15th.  Please save the date and plan to attend.  Details on the meeting agenda and activities will follow later in the spring. 

 

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