Wellfleet Conservation Trust Acquires Drummer Cove ‘Link Lot’

pondWELLFLEET – The Wellfleet Conservation Trust (WCT) has acquired the Drummer Cove ‘Link Lot’ in South Wellfleet.

The lot, located on the northwest shoreline of Drummer’s Cove, was recently surrounded by a fence that has since been removed, restoring a historic trail system to the public.

“It’s a very critical lot and one of the last left in the area there, so it’s pretty rewarding to be able to get this done,” said WCT president Dennis O’Connell.

After the WCT failed to secure enough votes at Town Meeting for the town to acquire the property for conservation, the Drummer Cove Nominee Trust (DCNT) offered to acquire the property temporarily until the WCT could save up enough money for the $420,000 purchase.

The WCT received a number of donations from the public, including grants of $85,000 from the state and three totaling over $35,000 from the Bafflin Foundation, the Fields Pond Foundation and the Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation Trust.

With the money, the group was able to purchase the land on December 31.

O’Connell said the land can now be enjoyed by everyone.

“It’s open to all the people of Wellfleet, even outside of Wellfleet,” said O’Connell. “It’s a nice walking area. It’s obviously going to preserve the open space that’s there and the natural resources, the water. It’s a real gain for the town.”

The lot was named the ‘link lot’ because it provides a public connection to two portions of existing trails and dirt roads that make up a nearly one mile loop of walking trails.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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