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WCT Acquires "Link Lot"

 

The Wellfleet Conservation Trust completed its acquisition of the Drummer Cove ‘Link Lot’ in South Wellfleet with funds secured from a successful fundraising campaign marked by overwhelming community support and initiative. The lot, located on the northwest shoreline of Drummer’s Cove, restores an historic trail system to the public and supplements other walking trails in the Blackfish Creek - Fox Island Marsh Conservation Area.



 

The fundraising campaign was marked by both daunting challenges and uncommon gestures of support from the community. Initially, WCT supported a town effort to acquire the property for conservation, however that proposal did not achieve the super majority votes needed to pass Town meeting. Shortly thereafter, WCT received a remarkable proposal from a group of conservation-minded individuals known as the Drummer Cove Nominee Trust.  The Trust offered to acquire the property temporarily for conservation and recreation purposes until such time as WCT could take ownership, pending completion of fundraising necessary for the $420,000 acquisition. WCT mounted a vigorous and multifaceted campaign which included four grant applications and a public appeal.

The next extraordinary gesture came from a handful of WCT supporters who were willing to establish a matching fund to bolster the fundraising effort. The public appeal itself exceeded all expectations. In addition, WCT received a Conservation Partnership grant of $85,000 from the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and three other private grants totaling $35,105 from the Bafflin Foundation, the Fields Pond Foundation and the Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation Trust.

“The community truly united behind this effort in unprecedented ways,” commented WCT president Dennis O’Connell, “and so this acquisition represents a triumph for all of Wellfleet.” The Drummer Cove Link Lot is located within the Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) of Wellfleet Harbor and is entirely within the state-designated Priority Habitat to be preserved, earning itself ‘highest conservation priority’ status. The lot was named the ‘Link Lot’ as it provides a public connection to two portions of existing trails and lightly travelled dirt roads that make up a nearly one mile loop of walking trails.

 

For a map of the area (click here)

 

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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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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.

 

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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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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 learn more about the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Tursts and view a copy of the guide click here.

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