In 2015, the DCLT achieved an ambitious goal – the acquisition of a conservation restriction of 39 acres of marshland which includes the Aquaculture Research Corporation, near both Chapin Beach and DCT’s 200 acre marsh property. This transaction involved financial contributions from the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis, DCT, Barnstable County, the State, The Nature Conservancy and the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance.
All of these more complicated transactions also involved working closely with the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, and in particular executive director Mark Robinson.
DCLT has since conserved 13.98 acres (closing in January 2020) on Chase Garden Creek, the Tobey Woodlands, one of the oldest single family owned farms on Cape Cod. And most recently, was given another 2.25 acres on the marsh off Simpkins Neck by Janet McSorley (October 2020). The conservation of land along Chase Garden Creek is a conservation success story that has taken many gifts and time to achieve. We are proud of this achievement, and all those who have contributed to the preservation of this important natural area.
The DCLT is recognized as an important contributor to land conservation efforts in Dennis, a catalyst in forging collaborative private/town/state efforts, and one of the leading non-profit land trusts on the Cape. We own 77 properties outright and hold conservation restrictions on 20 others. In total, we have protected 635 acres in Dennis from development, an important factor in maintaining the rural seaside character of the Town. Over the years we have had a successful annual summer fund-raising auction, as well as on-going educational programs and walking tours through conservation properties. We are in the process of bringing interactive information kiosks to a few of our properties to share the stories of the land conserved and cultural history in our area. We expect to roll out more with time.
For those of you who have been supporters since our quiet beginnings in the 1980’s, you undoubtedly appreciate how far we have come with your help. For those of you, who have joined DCLT more recently, stay with us as we embark on a new and exciting set of opportunities.
Note: Richard Johnston has been a Trustee of DCLT since its formation, along with Connie Bechard, Carole Bell, Beverley LeBlanc and Edmond Nickerson. Richard served as president from 1997 through early 2015.