State awards grant to help Harwich Conservation Trust

Thanks to strong support from Senator Dan Wolf and Rep. Sarah Peake, the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced an $85,000 grant toward Harwich Conservation Trust's (HCT) 49-acre Pleasant Bay Woodlands Project.  HCT now has less than $800,000 left to raise in the $3.6 million campaign to preserve the largest remaining unprotected landscape in the 21,000-acre Pleasant Bay Watershed spanning the four towns of Harwich, Chatham, Orleans and Brewster.  The 49-acre landscape is located in East Harwich, within the municipal public water supply recharge area for nearly 10,000 households, and feeds groundwater directly into Pleasant Bay.  If not preserved, the land could become a subdivision of up to 40 lots. HCT has until August 2014 to raise the remaining funds.  To learn more or contribute, please visit: www.HarwichConservationTrust.org.

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