Join Efforts to Save Bayview Farm in Historic West Barnstable

Barnstable Land Trust & The Nature Conservancy Join Forces to Save Bayview Farm in Historic West Barnstable

Hyannis, MA - Barnstable Land Trust, a private non-profit organization, and the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy have joined forces to raise nearly $800,000 to preserve forever 10 acres of undeveloped land at Bayview Farm. Located at 1247 Main Street (Route 6A) in West Barnstable and comprising approximately 30 acres, Bayview Farm is the missing link between nearly 300 acres of town-owned and private conservation lands and the Sandy Neck/Barnstable Great Marsh Ecosystem. Through the work of Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), more than $500,000 has already been committed from state and federal land and water conservation funds. To complete the acquisition of these vital acres, an additional $288,000 must be raised by June 30, 2006.

The Sandy Neck/Barnstable Harbor coastal system is a top conservation priority for many regional, state, and national conservation organizations because of its high quality barrier beach and extensive salt marsh. The area is part of a 14,000-acre coastal resources ecosystem that stretches from Dennis to Sandwich, providing an important marine nursery and a nesting and feeding habitat for numerous migrating shorebirds. Much of this area has been identified as an â??Area of Critical Environmental Concernâ? by the state; the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program classifies it as core habitat for a variety of rare species.

Last year Barnstable Land Trust and the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy worked collaboratively on Phase 1 of the Bayview Farm preservation plan to raise over $200,000 to protect the field in front of the cape house on the property and 14 acres of salt marsh that fringe the Bridge Creek estuary, which feeds the Great Marsh adjacent to Sandy Neck. Recently, an additional 10 acres of the property have become available and a second phase to the preservation plan was initiated.

Phase 2 of the Bayview Farm project includes two acres of undeveloped upland and 8 acres of salt marsh and inter-tidal shrub-scrub wetland. The 10-acre property is located on the south side of the Barnstableâ??s Great Marsh, with extensive frontage on Bridge Creek.

â??The outpouring of support from governmental sources at the regional, state, and local level is a testament to the significance of the Bayview Farm property. It is one of the largest undeveloped parcels in the ecosystem,â? says BLT Executive Director Jaci Barton.

â??We are hoping that local residents will agree that the scenic integrity of the area is also an important community asset and that they will demonstrate their concern by contributing to Phase 2 of the Bayview Farm Project,â? says Kristie Kapp of West Barnstable. â??Our goal is to preserve this undeveloped land forever. And in doing so, further protect the Bridge Creek estuary and the unique Sandy Neck/Great Marsh ecosystem.â?

For more information or to support the Bayview Farm preservation initiative please call the BLT office at 508-771-2585 or go to www.SaveBayviewFarm.org.

About Barnstable Land Trust Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space and natural resources in the seven villages of Barnstable. Since being founded in 1983, BLT has preserved over 600 acres through gift, outright purchase, and conservation restriction. To learn more about Barnstable Land Trust and to view the catalog of properties it has helped preserved forever, go t0 www.blt.org.

Contact Information:
Jaci Barton
Executive Director
Barnstable Land Trust
PO Box 224
Cotuit, MA 02635
508-771-2585
[email protected]

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