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 to the existing Smith’s Dock and the Margaret Wyman Sanctuaries. Orenda has reserved the right to additional acreage from BLT in a future swap. The agreement also includes future acreage that will link other Orenda sanctuaries in West Barnstable. Contiguous holdings are desired within the land trust industry. These larger corridors allow wildlife to migrate through natural habitat that includes uplands, forests, marshes and other ecosystems. Now BLT’s Conservation Center is embraced by its own open space that includes a two-acre pond. And we were happy to help make this happen for our close collaborators.
Directions: It’s clear that any sanctuary named 0 Meadow, its actual address, is deserving of a better name. We will certainly ponder this in the months ahead! Meadow Lane is located off Route 6A, deep into West Barnstable. As you head west along Main Street, Route 6A, Meadow Lane will be a right hand turn. Here’s another way to get there: cross over the Sagamore Bridge to Route 6. Take Exit 4, then a swift left onto Chase Road toward East Sandwich. Left onto Chase Road, then in 2.5 miles, turn left onto Meadow Lane. The Sanctuary is all the way at the end of the street.