State Awards Over $744,000 For Conservation Partnership Grants

BREWSTER – The state announced over $744,000 in funding for local land conservation projects across the Commonwealth.

The grants are being provided to 10 land trusts, including three on the Cape, by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and will protect over 330 acres of land.

“Local conservation areas are important investments that provide citizens of the Commonwealth access to open spaces and the opportunity to enjoy nature,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Conservation Partnership Grants are instrumental in helping protect Massachusetts’ unique natural habitats for our residents and visitors alike.”

The Brewster Conservation Trust received $75,000 to purchase an 11 acre property supporting two buildable residential lots and will protect a native Cape Cod forest.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition received $85,000 to acquire 62 acres on Nasketucket Bay adjacent to a large continguous area of existing protected open space and will protect the bay’s resources, as well as working farmland.

The Dennis Conservation Trust received $75,000 to protect 3.5 acres that are a combination of upland, brackish marsh and salt marsh and will help protect the water quality in Swan River.

“I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration, as well as Secretary Beating, for their ongoing commitment to preserving our fragile environment on Cape Cod,” said State Representative Timothy R. Whelan (R-Brewster). “Both the Dennis and Brewster Conservation Trusts will be bolstered in their efforts to preserve Cape Cod’s natural beauty by this significant commitment, for which I am extremely grateful.”

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