Category Archives: Our Sanctuaries

Plympton Woods Amazeen Family Donation

Plympton, 19 acres – 2019 In January, a freshly-recorded deed added 19 acres of woods to Orenda’s portfolio. The land was donated by the Amazeen Family. This valuable acquisition includes acreage at the head of the Jones River Brook in … Continue reading

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0 Meadow Lane, West Barnstable

In late summer of 2018, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust exchanged land with the Barnstable Land Trust (BLT.) We gave BLT 4.52 acres next to their headquarters in West Barnstable. In return, BLT gifted Orenda this parcel measuring .69 acres next … Continue reading

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76 Cheoh Road, Cotuit

76 Cheoh Road, Cotuit, .5 acre – 2018 In July, a half-acre undeveloped lot was donated to Orenda by four neighbors in a Cotuit neighborhood. These folks banded together to purchase the lot that abuts a wetland. It looks like … Continue reading

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West Barnstable Russo Family Donation

West Barnstable, Russo Family donation, 5 acres – 2018 Along 6A in West Barnstable there’s a five-acre plot that was donated to Orenda by the Russo Family. What a special area this is: a mix of wooded uplands with a … Continue reading

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Margaret Wyman Sanctuary

West Barnstable 3.43 acres – 2017 Margaret Wyman Sanctuary is 3.43 acres of woodland and open sunny areas that the endangered Terrapin turtles have favored for many years. This parcel is next to our Smith’s Dock property and across the … Continue reading

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Brick Factory Sanctuary

West Barnstable Brick Company 6.97 acres – 2013 Orenda received the West Barnstable Brick Company site in March 2013 from the Pogorelc Family. This iconic firm closed in 1932. Walking trails now exist along the same route of former cart … Continue reading

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The David H. Simser Island Sanctuary

The David H. Simser Island Sanctuary, .68 Acre – 2012 The David H. Simser Island Sanctuary—Carver Island is in the middle of Shallow Pond in Centerville, Mass. It’s comprised of wooded upland: beech, maple, and oak trees, and small holly … Continue reading

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Witch Pond Sanctuary

Witch Pond Sanctuary, 27 Acres, New Seabury – 2012 The Witch Pond Sanctuary measures 27 acres in New Seabury, and are predominately wetlands including an old cranberry bog and two ponds. This property became available to us via the New … Continue reading

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The Carl Monge Sanctuary

The Carl Monge Sanctuary, 13.7 acres – 2010 The Carl Monge Sanctuary was acquired in June 2010 and lies within the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge. It’s surrounded by two critical Orenda properties: the 86-acre Makepeace Sanctuary and the 50-acre Mercy … Continue reading

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The Tom and Georgia French Family Sanctuary

The Tom and Georgia French Family Sanctuary, 20 acres – 2008 For years, Tom and Georgia French spent many happy hours with friends and family on this land in the middle of Middlefield, Massachusetts, picking blueberries, hiking, camping and going … Continue reading

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