"Cache In, Trash Out" with the Barnstable Land Trust

Barnstable Land Trust, Town and Geocachers Unite for Spring Clean Up

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n Saturday morning, March 12th, Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) and the town of Barnstable organized a Spring clean-up of BLT and town-owned conservation lands on Whip-O-Will Drive in Hyannis. More than 30 neighbors, community volunteers, and â??Geocachersâ? came out of the woodworks to participate in the effort. This is just one in a number of BLTâ??s ongoing efforts to work with the town to manage private and public conservation lands.

On a recent site visit to the BLT property on Whip-O-Will Drive, BLT Land Management Director, Redmond Bansfield, and Americorps volunteer, Jen Keene, were disheartened at what they found. Old furniture, car parts, bicycles, household items, a dilapidated tree house, and a field of paintball pellets littered the BLT property and the adjacent well head protection lands. In response, BLT sent out a letter of concern to the neighborhood and contacted Hans Keijser, Acting Supervisor of Barnstableâ??s Water Supply Division. Hans was happy to help by providing a large dumpster and truck for trash removal, as well as his own two hands.

Also extending their helping hands were twenty or so â??Geocachersâ? from across Massachusetts. Geocachers are a group of people that find and place â??geocachesâ? (typically a small container with a logbook and â??treasureâ?) using GPS units and internet clues from all over the world. Thanks to their motivation and high energy, the clean-up was a great success.

BLT volunteer and geocaching enthusiast, Jenn Kunze, of West Barnstable, helped to organize Geocachers around the event. One Geocacher commented, â??Thanks to Jenn and the Barnstable Land Trust for working together to make the â??Cache in, Trash Outâ? (CITO) possible... definitely a worthwhile project!â?

â??Cache in, Trash Outâ? is the idea that geocachers pitch in to keep their playing fields (the outdoors) nice by collecting litter during their cache hunts. Geocachers also participate in much larger clean-up events, like BLTâ??s clean-up, to involve and benefit the larger community. To find out more about geocaching and how you can get involved you can visit http://www.cacheintrashout.org/.

BLT will be hosting a number of Spring Clean-Ups in the coming weeks. You can visit BLTâ??s website www.BLT.org or contact the BLT office at (508)771-2585 to find out about these and other ongoing efforts. The Barnstable Land Trust is a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space and natural resources in the Town of Barnstable. BLT has preserved over 600 acres through gift, purchase and conservation restriction. To learn more about Barnstable Land Trust and to view the catalog of properties it has helped preserved forever, go to http://www.blt.org/.

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