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 »

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 »

Woods Cove Property Spotlight

Woods Cove Conservation Area is a 12 acre swath of protected land, with a short trail through the upland trees down to Woods Cove. There are a small number of parking spots on Tonset Road. Woods Cove is made up of four separate parcels, donated and purchased at different times. […] Read more »

Prescribed Fire on Cape Cod Lecture Recap

On Monday, February 1st, 28 community members listened to a lecture on prescribed burning by Kate Sullivan titled: Prescribed Fire on Cape Cod: What, Why, Where & How. Prescribed burning is defined as intentionally igniting a fire to manipulate vegetation, in order to meet certain goals. Interestingly, pile burns are […] Read more »

Baker’s Pond Walk Recap

On a sunny Tuesday, the rescheduled walk to Baker’s Pond took place with blue sky and a light breeze. Over twenty people came to enjoy the land, which was acquired by the town of Orleans and sits next to land also kept in conservation by the town of Brewster. The […] Read more »

Summer Internship Opportunity!

Full Position Description (pdf) Application (pdf) Application (word) Background: Dorothy Rowe Boyle, of Concord and East Orleans passed away on May 27, 2014. Dorothy, known to close friends as Dottie, adored being outside and all things related to nature. Active in many outdoor activities, Dorothy enjoyed walking, running and biking through the […] Read more »