Wellfleet Conservation Trust



The Wellfleet Conservation Trust thanked the Ziering family

for their part in making the "Crown Jewel" of conservation lands in Wellfleet

- the Pilgrim Springs & Fox Island Marsh Conservation Area - become a reality


At a ceremony on July 25, 2014, a bench along one of the trails within the Pilgrim Springs & Fox Marsh Conservation Area was dedicated to the Ziering family for their remarkable and very much appreciated involvement in making it possible for conservation groups to secure the keystone property in the area and thereby assemble the Pilgrim Springs & Fox Island Marsh Conservation Area in South Wellfleet as open and contiguous space for enjoyment by all.


The Conservation Area consists of 68 acres of upland and over 100 acres of wetlands and is a shining example of collaboration between the Trust, the Town of Wellfleet land conservation groups and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife.


The idea for full conservation blossomed around 200l from a concept developed by conservation activist, Robert Hankey, former President of WCT and local resident Robert Reed.  Other lands in the area had been conserved in the 1990's.  Several other families were key in helping create this well-appreciated conservation area, including the Geigers, Chavchavadzes and Rinzlers.  However, it was Ira Ziering, with the support of his family, who rescued that area from a subdivision plan being prepared, thus allowing the trails and conserved space to be knit together.. 


Mark Robinson, the WCT advisor from the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts had been involved to conserve this conservation area for the entire duration, commented on the great conservation achievement by the families and the conservation groups of Wellfleet.  He, Nancy Rea, Chair of the Wellfleet Open Space Committee and Dennis O'Connell, President of WCT expressed gratitude to the Ziering family and others on behalf of all who appreciate their commitment and involvement in this important achievement.

Several members of the Board of Trustees, members of the Town Open's Space Committe, friends of the Zierings and other friends of conservation were present for the ceremony Thank you Zierings.

In the photo below (Left to Right) - Felix, Godeleine, Gabriel and Ira   







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. 


Annual Meeting - it's the 30th - Saturday, August 16th - Wellfleet Council on Aging - 10 AM


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. Pleaase plan to join us.


Mark Borrelli, Ph.D., marine geologist and Chair of Marine Geology at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) will deliver the keynote address “Sea Level Rise in Wellfleet.”


Dr. Borrelli, director of the PCCS Land/Sea Interaction Program and storm hazard analyst, will address both natural and anthropomorphic changes along Wellfleet’s coast.  He will compare the differences between natural and altered beaches and how they respond differently to storms and sea level rise.  "Dr. Borrelli’s presentation is of tremendous and timely import to Wellfleet, especially in light of FEMA’s recent update in flood zone mapping,” says WCT President Dennis O’Connell.

Founded in 1984 as a private sector land trust to preserve natural resources and wildlife in Wellfleet, WCT will also be celebrating its 30th anniversary with the theme “30 Years, 360 acres” which reflects the number of acres preserved in Wellfleetto dateby the organization. WCT President Dennis O’Connell will present a historical overview of the group’s actions and achievements.

Reservations are not necessary to attend the WCT Annual Meeting and 30th Anniversary celebration - it's open to the public and all are welcome. Doors open at 9:30 AM.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Eighth Annual Walk in Wellfleet- Saturday, September 6th 


Save the date: Saturday, September 6, 2014.  Our walk this year will be in the Fresh Brook Area in South Wellfleet, an area of significant historical interest.  Once again wewill have interesting speakers who know the area well and are anxious to share their knowledge at key points along the walk.


We'll post more information about the walk on this website and provide information at our Annual Meeting on August 16th.  Over the past seven years we've held this well attended signature event at different locations in Wellffleet - we expect you'll find this year's walk once again informative and enjoyable.


We hope you can join us for both the Annual Meeting on August 16th and Eighth Annual Walk on September 6th. 


Last year the walk was in 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.  For a few photos of the walk, 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.



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