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: 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 »