The Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, a regional land-preservation organization with holdings on Cape Cod and western Massachusetts, has just completed the purchase of 14 acres of near-pristine pine barrens in Mashpee. These globally-rare woodlands contain multiple “micro” wildlife habitats critical to the survival of many rare and endangered species. The property is a key component within the boundaries of the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge, which is a cooperative effort among federal and state environmental agencies, town conservation commissions, private nonprofit conservation organizations, private landholders and supportive abutters.
Surrounded by Orenda’s 130-acre Makepeace and Mercy Lowe Sanctuaries, this 14-acre property has long been a high priority for protection by Orenda and its Refuge partners. This acquisition links together almost 600 acres of conservation lands, ensures an uninterrupted and permanently protected wildlife habitat, and helps protect the quality of the drinking water supply of the Mashpee Water District
According to David Tately, Orenda’s President, “the ecological importance of this property can not be overstated. It provides the missing connection to a critical wildlife corridor, and complements successful efforts of the Town of Mashpee and others in the preservation of environmentally significant land in the Refuge.”
Orenda’s purchase was made possible by a major grant from the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, a loan from The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, the cooperative effort of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, a grant from the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation. And it’s especially important to note that this land acquisition and wildlife habitat protection achievement would have been impossible without the ongoing generous support of Orenda’s members and their contributions!
This property will be dedicated this fall to the memory of Carl Monge, the past president of Orenda Wildlife Land Trust.