Eastham Conservation Foundation, Inc.
RECENT LAND PROTECTED IN EASTHAM
600 & 630 Bridge Road - 4.11 acres (1 acre upland + 3.1 acres salt marsh)
Frank Lincoln, Jr., whose family had owned the marsh at Bridge Road for more than 80 years, contacted the ECF about preserving the 4 -acre property for conservation. In December of 2015, he donated the property to ECF. In order to receive the State Conservation Land Tax Credit (see Land Protection Options), a Conservation Restriction was prepared and is held by the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts.
775 Bridge Road - 1.079 marsh front acreage donated by Boyd Christie.
Henry Lind got a call from a lawyer this spring (2016). Not always a sign of good news. As thoughts of "uh-oh, did one of our trees fall onto a neighbor's house?" flashed in his mind, he held his breath. But quickly exhaled on hearing that Boyd Christie had willed a lovely developable lot on Bridge Road to the ECF. Wow! Just over an acre, with enough upland to build a 3-4 bedroom home on the marsh in Boat Meadow, the Town assessing department valued this parcel at $627,300! Instead of clearing a sizable portion of this lot for a house, driveway and septic, the parcel will now remain as undeveloped conservation land. A wonderful Memorial service for Boyd was held by friends and family on the site in mid-September, and discussions of further ways to honor this wonderful gift were begun.
52A Dyer Prince Road - 4.08 parcel purchased with funds from a generous donor.
More good news this spring is that an anonymous donor quickly recognized the urgency of trying to protect one of the few remaining developable parcels over an acre in size, with significant wetlands on, and abutting the property. This 4+ acre parcel went on the market in early March, with Conservation and Health approved engineering plans, staked out for construction of a 4 bedroom house, well, and septic system. The donor quickly contacted the ECF, and working through the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, negotiated a contract to purchase this property for nearly the asking price. The Compact successfully closed on the parcel on May 11, 2016 and the land will be transferred to the ECF following the completion of an agreement with the donor. The parcel is bordered to the northwest and northeast by over 10 acres of Town-owned conservation land, much of which is wetlands.