Eastham Conservation Foundation, Inc.
RECENT LAND PROTECTED IN EASTHAM
10 and 20 Sims Way -- 1.6 acres bordering Rock Harbor Creek estuary and salt marsh
Thanks to conservation-minded owners (who qualified for and received a valuable State of MA conservation land credit, as well as tax deductions), individual donors and several grant organizations, ECF closed on this wonderful land in January 2019, which will now be protected forever from development.
Two Parcels in the National Seashore were donated to ECF in December of 2018. Owners of 2 separate waterfront lots with continued erosion of banks made heartbreaking decisions to take down the structures before nature took care of them. Although the homes are gone, there is still some beautiful ocean front land looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.
50 Crosby Village Road -- 1.7 acres on Herring Pond
This gorgeous lot with a small beach on Herring Pond was purchased in January 2018 with a "bargain sale" agreement by the owners, in exchange for a generous tax credit from the state, and tax deduction. ECF thanks the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts for helping to negotiate this deal, and for the Compact's Thomsen Land Fund that is available to local land trusts to borrow for land acquisition.
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.
Long time Eastham visitor Boyd Christie 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. Instead of clearing a sizable portion of this valuable 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 2017 and a beautiful bench with a memorial plaque was donated for the site by family and friends.
52A Dyer Prince Road - 4.08 parcel purchased with funds from a generous donor.
More good news spring of 2016 was 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. Working with The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, the land was purchased and 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.