Arbor Day 2017

This Arbor Day, AmeriCorps Cape Cod partnered up with the Orleans Tree Department and OCT to do a series of plantings at the Snow Library in Orleans. The American Rhododendron Society was kind enough to donate a large variety of rhododendron, trees, and other plants to be used in the gardens. […] Read more »

Recent Land Donation!

We received an outright gift of 4.84 acres off Portanimicut Road in South Orleans from the Fort Hill LLC on January 18!                 This generous donation includes a small hand dug horsepond, vegetated wetland habitat, and pitch pines and oaks, connecting to town conservation […] Read more »

Land Acquisition Opportunity in East Orleans!

  Background The Cullen family has a distinguished history of helping to preserve land in East Orleans. Starting in 1986, Jack and Betty Cullen—longtime Nauset Heights residents, now deceased—donated to OCT two lots on Oliver’s Way totaling about 3 acres, one with waterfront on Mill Pond. Through their estate plan, […] Read more »

In Memory of Anne Donaldson

Orleans Conservation Trust was saddened to learn about the passing of former Trustee Anne Donaldson.  Anne leaves a 40 year legacy of environmental protection and open space acquisition.  She served on OCT’s board for 18 years. A full obituary from Anne’s family is available to view here: http://orleansconservationtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/ALDObit090716-FCWC-and-OTC.pdf Read more »

A New Home for the Trust

We have a lot to celebrate this summer! Along with new land acquisitions, some of which are still in the works, we’re delighted to announce that OCT has a new home. After operating for many years out of inadequate donated office space, we are now acquiring, on very favorable terms, […] Read more »

Recent Land Acquisitions

As summer moves into high gear, the Director and Trustees of OCT have exciting news to share with our members!  We had two recent land acquisitions, thanks to generous donors in our community.  These parcels will now be protected as undeveloped conservation land for perpetuity. Ragsdale Cedar Swamp In early May, […] Read more »

Annual Meeting and Election

The Annual Meeting was held on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:00 PM at the Orleans Yacht Club. The meeting provided updates from the President, Director, and various board members, including recent land acquisitions and our new strategic plan; a guest speaker from the New England Wildlife Coalition; and voting for the slate of […] Read more »

Mill Pond Trail Reroute

Mill Pond Conservation Area, given by the Tovrov family, has a new trail to enjoy! With the help of AmeriCorps Cape Cod, Orleans Conservation Trust staff created two new pieces of trail, closing off old dangerous sections that were becoming highly eroded. The first piece of new trail is just […] Read more »

Best time ever for conservation restrictions

by Mark H. Robinson, The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc. March 2016 If you have ever thought about preserving your land, now is the time to act.  Congress renewed a remarkable piece of tax legislation, enabling private landowners to reap enhanced incentives for donating permanent conservation restrictions (CRs) […] Read more »

Migrating Monarchs Lecture Recap

Orleans Conservation Trust hosted a lecture May 2nd with Paul Rifkin, Kathy Koplik, and Vince Puleo, of the Monarch Project of Cape Cod. The lecture started off with a short video essay by Paul Rifkin that documented his trip to the breeding grounds of monarchs in Mexico. The number of […] Read more »