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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Smith’s Dock Sanctuary

Meadow Lane, West Barnstable, Massachusetts, 5 acres – 1998 Orenda’s Smith’s Dock Sanctuary is a peaceful spot with an impressive view. It’s habitat for the Northern Diamondback Terrapin Turtle. This beautiful Sanctuary is one of only 17 places within Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Quashnet River Sanctuary

Quashnet River Sanctuary, Mashpee, 18 acres – 2001 Orenda’s Quashnet River Sanctuary was purchased in March 2001. The entire acquisition included 18 acres encompassing over 2,000 feet along the Quashnet River in Mashpee in the Mashpee national Wildlife Refuge. Orenda … Continue reading

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Nalebuff Sanctuary

Nalebuff Sanctuary, Falmouth, Half Acre – 1996 This more than half-acre property with oak and pine trees is on a small peninsula in the Waquoit area of Falmouth, in an otherwise residential area bordering the Child’s River. The donors volunteered … Continue reading

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Mary De La Vallette Sanctuary

Mary De La Vallette Sanctuary, Phillipston, Massachusetts, 46 Acres – 1994 Because he was interested in maintaining the integrity of the wildlife habitat and was concerned about the recent development in the Phillipston area, the donor decided to donate this … Continue reading

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The Ledges

The Ledges, Southbridge, Massachusetts, 4 acres – 1986 Even smaller sanctuaries serve an important purpose. The Ledges Sanctuary provides critical protection for a public water supply, and sanctuary for forested habitat. This was the first parcel of land ever protected … Continue reading

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David Nelson Sanctuary

The David Nelson Sanctuary, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 14.5 Acres – 1991 Once a hunting retreat, the donor, David Nelson, now deceased, willed Orenda this lakeside 14.5-acre gem on the edge of Great Herring Pond. Under the terms of his estate, no … Continue reading

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Austin Smith Sanctuary

261 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans and Eastham, Massachusetts, 8.5 acres – 2010 This 8.5 acre sanctuary is located in both Orleans and Eastham and is a portion an estate that had been in the donor’s family for over 350 years. … Continue reading

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Scudder Bay Sanctuary

Bay Lane, Centerville, Massachusetts, 2.2 acres – 1992 This more than 2 acre sanctuary resides in an Aquifer Protection Overlay District, a designation designed to protect ground water on Scudder Bay in Osterville. The upland portion of property has a … Continue reading

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No Bottom Pond Sanctuary

Brewster, Massachusetts, 27 acres – 1996 Named for the clean, three-acre pond — one of the steepest kettlehole ponds on the Cape — that it borders, No Bottom Pond sanctuary includes over 27 acres of undeveloped natural woodland. Orenda purchased … Continue reading

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Mashpee River Woodlands Sanctuary

Mashpee River Woodlands Sanctuary, Mashpee, 2 acres – 1999 Originally donated by a realty company, this 2 acre sanctuary of oak and pine forest was dedicated to the memory of Bill Conley, a long-time friend and active member of Orenda … Continue reading

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Makepeace & Mercy Lowe Sanctuaries

Makepeace & Mercy Lowe Sanctuaries, Mashpee, Massachusetts – 1998 & 2001 Once used as a woodlot to fuel the furnaces at the West Barnstable Brick Company, the 86 acre Makepeace sanctuary located in Mashpee is primarily a continuous pitch pine … Continue reading

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Fowler-Eames Sanctuary

Washington, Massachusetts, 34 acres – 2000 Situated in the heart of the Berkshires, this sanctuary is the last remaining parcel of what was once the donor’s grandfather’s dairy farm. It contains 34 acres of undeveloped natural woodlands and wetlands, with … Continue reading

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The Cedars

Meadow Lane, West Barnstable, Massachusetts, 9 acres – 1988 Orenda’s first sanctuary on Cape Cod. The property was acquired from the Estate of Ina Davidson by Barbara and Charles Birdsey in January of 1988 and then donated to Orenda. Back … Continue reading

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Red Brook Sanctuary

2003: Orenda acquires the Red Brook Land parcel in Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge. Ken Marsters of Mashpee donated this one acre with 300 feet frontage on the stream and thus created a link to acres of protected open space. It … Continue reading

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Ashumet Pond – Linda Bound Sanctuary

Mashpee, Massachusetts, 35 acres – 2010 Although this property has a history of contamination from military activities associated with the adjacent Massachusetts Military Reservation, this 35 acre sanctuary is a key linkage in the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge. It includes … Continue reading

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Take a tour

ORENDA WILDLIFE LAND TRUST SANCTUARIES – We welcome you to take a “tour” of Orenda’s wildlife sanctuaries… ASHUMET POND SANCTUARY Mashpee, 35 acres AUSTIN SMITH SANCTUARY Orleans & Eastham, 9 acres THE CEDARS West Barnstable, 10 acres DAVID NELSON SANCTUARY … Continue reading

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