Friday, April 20, 2012

WCT Celebrates Earth Day

Green signs have been popping up all over Wellfleet, reminders that Sunday is Earth Day. Yesterday I spoke to Denny O'Connell, President of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, who explained, "Our business is Earth Day, preserving the environment. The signs went up one week prior and will remain in place through April 29."

The Wellfleet Conservation Trust was created in 1984. Its purpose is to acquire land and preserve it for future generations. The various methods are through gift or purchase, using grants in an effort to increase open-space acreage in Wellfleet. Conservation Trust land will remain undeveloped forever. 343 acres, two-thirds of which is wetland, is the current tally. Like a jigsaw puzzle, the contiguous pieces are gradually united. The largest piece is the Fox Island Marsh/Pilgrim Springs with almost two miles of walking trails, open to the public.

WCT organizes an annual walk, linking open space and history. Saturday, September 6 is the date for the 2012 walk, which will explore Indian Neck.

If you would like to have a sign on your property, there are still a few left. Contact Denny through the Web site, where you will also find information on donating funds or land.

Like one of the box turtles, whose habitat the Trust has worked to save, this unique organization plods along, making little noise but advancing relentlessly. I'm all for conserving land. Think I'll become a member ...