Coalition completes largest land conservation project on Buzzards Bay in 25 years

Here’s an early holiday gift for Buzzards Bay that we can all celebrate! This week, the Coalition completed the Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation Project, forever protecting more than 400 acres of fields, forests, and shoreline in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett. It’s the largest land conservation project on Buzzards Bay in 25 years.

grassy field next to Nasketucket Bay in Fairhaven

The Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation Project protected 410 acres of land, including this working farm in Fairhaven.

In June, the Coalition protected 140 acres as part of this project, including forested areas on Brandt Island Road and a marshy, wooded island called Quahog Hill in Fairhaven. With the addition of another 250 acres this month, the project has protected a total of 410 acres for future generations to enjoy.

Now that the project is complete, local residents have more opportunities to hike, bike, and experience the water. Nasketucket Bay State Reservation has nearly doubled in size, and a new trail is being created to link the reservation to the popular Phoenix Bike Trail/Mattapoisett Rail Trail. The project also connects the Mariner Soccer Complex with trails to Nasketucket Woods, Austin Pond, and East Fairhaven School.

Nasketucket Bay is one of the cleanest waterways in Buzzards Bay, with rich eelgrass meadows, shellfish beds, and fish and wildlife populations. These healthy conditions are due in part to conserving forests, wetlands, and other important natural areas that help keep our water clean.

During the past four years, the Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation Project was the largest coastal land conservation project underway in Massachusetts. Without conservation, this land could have been lost to development.

Thanks to our members and supporters for helping protect Nasketucket Bay!

Category: On the Land

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