Another successful joint effort was in the 138-acre East Dennis area known as Crowes Pasture, and began when a 33-acre tract abutting the very pristine wildlife area was earmarked for development. After the initial work of a grassroots group called Save the Crowe, and a negotiated bargain sale with the developers, Chairman Henry Kelley II and the Land Acquisition Committee recognized the purchases drain on Land Bank funds. Chairman Kelley challenged the Trust to help find outside funding sources. The Trust secured The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc. to pursue grants and to help organize a capital fund drive. With support from donors throughout Dennis, the Trust pledged $450,000 to the Town. After additional state and federal grants of $1,750,000, the net cost to taxpayers was $2.7 million. The Trust holds a CR on the parcel jointly with the state, and has approval of the Town’s management plan for its use. This project illustrated that the Trust can assist as a non-profit partner working with the Town and others, and is an example of how we must work in the 21st century: united in our goal of preserving the best of what’s left, and confident in our ability to do what’s right.
This beautiful property provides panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay and Cole’s Pond. There is a trail with parking available at the main parking lot at the entrance to Crowes Pasture.