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. 


Eighth Annual Walk in Wellfleet- Saturday, September 6th 


Wellfleet Conservation Trust will offer its 8th Annual Guided Walk on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 beginning at 9AM. The walk, which is open to the public free of charge, will be a tour throughout the former Fresh Brook Village settlement in South Wellfleet guided by local experts.


The WCT Annual Guided Walk is a tradition that began in 2007 for the public to explore areas of Wellfleet with historical significance and to experience the beauty of Wellfleet’s conservation lands while being guided by naturalists and other local experts who share their knowledge of the history, geology, and ecology of the areas being explored.

This year’s walk will explore the “lost” village of Fresh Brook within Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS). Walkers will tour the area, which was originally settled in the 1730’s, including the site of Aunt Lydia’s Tavern. After the village was abandoned, a Boston sport-fisherman stocked Fresh Brook with trout and converted the area into a fishing camp. Shortly before WWII, the U.S. Army took possession of the area to create Camp Wellfleet and then transferred title to the National Park Service after the creation of CCNS in 1961. This year’s guides will cover the historical sites along with other topics and offer an appreciation of the surrounding natural resources.

The walk will begin at 9AM on Saturday, September 6th on the south side of the Marconi Beach parking lot, off Route 6 in Wellfleet. Walkers will be offered the option of three different trail routes based on length to suit their preference (short, medium, and long). All are welcome to attend. The walk is free of charge and no reservation is necessary.  Rain date is Sunday, September 7th at 9AM.


For a map of the walk, click here. 


This year’s program is supported in part by a grant from the Wellfleet Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



30th Annual Meeting of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust


On August 16th WCT conducted a very well attended annual meeting to celebrate it's 30th Anniversary. 


WCT President Dennis O’Connell presented a historical overview of the group’s actions and achievements and Mark Borrelli, Ph.D., marine geologist and Chair of Marine Geology at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) presented an informative and engaging talk on “Sea Level Rise in Wellfleet.”


Both presentations will be posted on the website as soon as they become available.




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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