2016 Winter Newsletter
Dear Trust Members,
I’d like to take this opportunity to bring our members up to speed regarding the Trust, and specifically what we have been about this year.
The good news. We have had two wonderful years relative to the safeguarding of critical open space. In 2015, we closed the deal on 39 acres of open space surrounding the Aquacultural Research Corporation abutting Chapin Beach and Chase Garden Creek. Early next year we will close on 8.15 acres of open space that abuts Princess Beach and Scargo Lake.
As well, we have entered into a Purchase and Sale agreement on 3.5 acres along Swan River Rd in Dennis Port, which will close next year. We will have either acquired, or helped the Town acquire, over 50 acres of open space these past two years, and in particular, open space that abuts water – a priority for the Trust.
There is no bad news in these acquisitions. They add to the enjoyment of the citizens of Dennis and protect water sheds for us and for the plants and animals who call them home. The only problem with so much activity is, of course, the money to
support these acquisitions. In two years, The Trust will have spent over $775,000 to secure these properties. For a Land Trust on Cape Cod, in a Town of 14,000 souls, that’s a lot of money. Our Treasurer will tell you despite the fact that we’ve raised over $400,000 in two years, we have almost stripped the cupboard bare. He will wring his hands and bemoan our loss of financial flexibility.
However, he and the rest of our Trustees and Advisors take pride in the fact that we are fulfilling our mission and adding acres to the Town’s open space inventory. If every citizen of our Town believed as you, that open space is vital to ensuring the health and well-being of our Town, and each was a member of the Trust, then raising money to purchase land would be much easier. The fact is that most of the burden for our finances falls on roughly 600 Trust members. 600 citizens and supporters of our Town.
Obviously, we need more members. The only way we can achieve this is through the help of current members and by educating everyone in our Town as to who we are, what we do, and why it’s so important to every one of us. I wish to thank each and every Trustee and Advisor, every volunteer, and Katherine our Director for all that you do and have done to ensure that our Trust thrives.
When we’re successful, the Town and its citizens are the beneficiaries. This Trust takes nothing from our Town. We ask for nothing but the opportunity and ability to give back the open space that once was so abundant and is now so precious.
Joseph W. Masse
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