In Westport, 31 acres were protected as part of the Snell Creek Conservation Project. Containing wildlife habitat, forested wetlands, buffering uplands, and the headwaters of the Snell Creek, this property will become open to the public for recreational access and trails. A key driver of this acquisition was the protection of the Eastern Brook Trout, whose numbers have been declining throughout Massachusetts due to intense land development and subsequent habitat loss.
In Dartmouth, the Coalition acquired a 1.5 acre property along Buttonwood Brook – including a dam. Building on the research of the Buttonwood to Bay project, this parcel provides a unique opportunity for the restoration and improvement of the Brook before it flows into Apponagansett Bay, one of our most degraded embayments.
In Carver, 30 acres on the edge of the Great South Meadow Swamp were acquired. This property is at the headwaters of the Weweantic River and adjacent to a regionally important complex of conservation land, which includes a large, unique Atlantic White Cedar forest.
Finally, an additional three acres were added to those permanently protected on Cuttyhunk. Through the gift of a conservation restriction, this Copicut Neck property abuts Church’s Beach and includes open coastal grass and shrubland with waterfront on both Buzzards Bay and Cuttyhunk Harbor.