Orenda is guided by its precisely focused Strategic Plan, grown from a richly interactive dialogue and analysis, which charts our goals, needs, priorities and actions through 2023. It is clear that few things matter more than protecting open space, fresh air, and clean water, for wildlife and human communities. Built infrastructure is overtaking wildlands. This means fewer acres remain in their natural state. At Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, our mission is simple: “…to preserve and protect open space for wildlife habitat, fresh air, and clean water.” Once you destroy a natural resource, it is very difficult to recover.
The word "Orenda", in the language of the Iroquois Indigenous people, means "extraordinary, powerful, life energy within all beings and their environment" and is illustrated in the Orenda Song of Praise. Together with our donors, Orenda owns or oversees over 650 acres of open space throughout Massachusetts.
Our land portfolio consists of over 730 acres and is quite diverse. Sometimes we are gifted acreage, and other times we purchase land outright, and provide the seller with additional tax incentives. We have uplands, and lowlands, marshes and open grasslands, all of which shelter songbirds, birds of prey, pollinators including bees and butterflies, woodland creatures like squirrels and chipmunks, river otters, coyotes, foxes and deer, to name a few species!
Orenda is a proud member of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc. We work closely with other land trusts and like-minded environmental organizations. Orenda is part and parcel of a vibrant community that treasures natural resources through public and private partnerships.
We believe in our mission. This organization lends its voice to conservation causes that create meaning and purpose in the communities we serve. We believe in long-term conservation strategies, not short-term and ineffective initiatives. The nationally-renowned Land Trust Alliance, of which we’re members, says that “conserved, well-managed land also provide protection from natural disasters, such as flood and drought while absorbing carbon and keeping it from the Earth’s atmosphere.” We agree. We think every inch of open space is worth conserving, and that land trusts are critical to any community’s well-being.
Orenda may be a smaller land trust, but we’re proud of our large-scale plans. Here’s where we’ve been, and here’s where we’d like to go through 2024:
We’d like to ‘grow’ our Board of Directors to expand our capacity to uphold our mission. Orenda has an existing committed and strong Board. But like any organization, we’re looking to the future. Orenda has a decisive Executive Committee, and Committees on Development, Land Acquisition, Land Stewardship, and Finance. We’re a strong organization, but if we’re to meet the needs of an evolving world, we need to stretch our wings.