Barnstable and Orenda Land Trusts Make Deal to Swap Land

BARNSTABLE – Would you swap land with your neighbor? That’s the deal two local organizations made in August that resulted in benefits for both sides.

The Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) and the Orenda Wildlife Land Trust have agreed on a deal to swap two parcels of land, resulting in an increase in contiguous holdings as well as an improvement to wildlife corridor management.

The deal came about when the organizations came to notice that a small parcel of land owned by BLT at the end of Meadow Lane in West Barnstable was connected to other property owned by Orenda.

The new BLT headquarters in West Barnstable also happens to be adjacent to Orenda owned land, leading to the change.

In a statement, BLT says “it made perfect sense for the two organizations to easily swap the two parcels of land.”

BLT Executive Director Janet Milkman says that the swap allows the Trust to dedicate resources to education and programming.  

“It makes a huge difference to the Barnstable Land Trust because we now have 10 acres of land surrounding our new office and can do all kinds of programming and education and bringing people on the land,” Milkman explained. “There’s a beautiful trail going back to a pond and it just makes our mission oriented work here very easy.”

Milkman says that Orenda also benefitted from the deal.

“For Orenda it’s wonderful because the property we gave them further to the west abuts three or four parcels that they have and therefore makes a really nice wildlife corridor. It’s really a nice win-win for both of us,” said Milkman.

By TIM DUNN, News Center

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