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									                            THE MANY WAYS TO GIVE TO BLT
  Annual Appeal: Your year end donation fuels the engines of conservation here at
  BLT. Gifts to the Annual Appeal support operations, land preservation and the stew-
  ardship of 521 acres.
                                                                                                                                                                     NEWSLETTER OF THE BARNSTABLE LAND TRUST
  Membership: BLT s ability to speak and act for conservation resides in the strength
  of its membership.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fall/Winter 2003
  Gift Membership: Do you know someone that you would like to introduce to
  BLT? Consider joining BLT in their name. We ll send them a package of informa-
  tion introducing them to BLT s efforts to preserve this place we love.
  Gifts in Memory or in Honor: Special gifts are an excellent opportunity to memo-
                                                                                                                                                          A CRITICAL CROSSROAD
  rialize a loved one or honor the special occasion of a friend or family member. We ll
  send a note to your friend or to the family of a loved one and acknowledge your gift
  in the BLT newsletter.
                                                                                                                                             A Unique and Valuable Ecosystem that Warrants Special
  Support or Sponsor BLT Special Events: Attending events is a fun way to                                                                               Protection and Management
  support BLT and enjoy some of the best things Cape Cod has to offer: boating,
  sightseeing, historical remembrances, great gifts, good food and like minded conser-

                                                                                                                                            he cover story of BLT s
  vationists. Call us if you d like to sponsor one of these celebrations or if you d like
                                                                                                Gift of H. Gates Lloyd, 1993                summer newsletter, Out
  to help.
                                                                                                                                            on a Limb, told about ef-
  Volunteer: Help BLT by volunteering in the office. Become a village coordinator                                                  forts to preserve the Furman Prop-
  or a land steward. There are many ways to donate your time.                                                                      erty. Here s an update.
  Bequests: A planned gift through your will, trust or even your retirement plan is a flexible way to support BL T s land             The Furman Property lies north
  preservation efforts. In order to help you plan more fully please call BLT at (508) 771- 2585.                                   of Route 6-A near Navigation Road.
                                                                                                                                   For years the 57-acre property has
  Donate Land or a Conservation Restriction: Preserving your land entitles you to income tax, property tax and estate tax
                                                                                                                                   aroused interest among the conser-
  reductions. Your gift will help you and your family save taxes and also help to preserve the quality of life here on Cape Cod.
                                                                                                                                   vation community.
                                                                                                                                      It is one of the largest undevel-
                                                                                                                                   oped tracts of land in the Town.
                                                                                                                                   And it lies in the Barnstable Har-
                                                                                                                                   bor/Sandy Neck Area of Critical
                                                                                                                                   Environmental Concern (ACEC) -
                Barnstable                                                                                                         an area that has long been recog-
                Land                                                                                                               nized by a wide range of conserva-
                                                                                                                                   tion authorities as a unique and
                Trust                                                                                                              valuable ecosystem that warrants
Box 224, Cotuit, Massachusetts 02635                                                                                               special protection and management.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 View of the Furman property from Navigation Road
visit our website: www.blt.org                                                                                                        The whole area is part of a
                                                                                                                                   greater 14,000-acre coastal re-        birds have been made and over 160 spe-        around the ACEC. When BLT signed on
                                                                                                                                   sources system that stretches from     cies of vascular plants, including some 85    to assist TNC with the Furman acquisition,
Address Service Requested                                                                                                          Dennis to Sandwich. It includes        varieties of wildflowers, have been noted.    we knew it was a unique opportunity. But
                                                                                                                                   Chapin Beach in Dennis, the Chase      The Sandy Neck ACEC provides impor-           never in the history of BLT has a project
                                                                                                                                   Garden Creek salt marsh and Bass       tant nesting and feeding habitat for a num-   presented such a challenge.
                                                                                                                                   Hole in Dennis & Yarmouth, and         ber of shorebirds including the federally-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           TNC s vision was of a federal, state and
                                                                                                                                   the salt marsh and beach at Town       threatened piping plover and least terns,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        local partnership. With all eyes fixed on
                                                                                                                                   Neck and Spring Hill in Sandwich.      as well as feeding habitat for numerous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        receiving a major U.S. Fish and Wildlife
                                                                                                                                                                          migrating shorebirds.
                                                                                                                                      Wildlife abounds within the                                                       Service grant, we moved forward last
                                                                                                                                   marsh, dunes, and beach. Deer,            To preserve the integrity of this unique
                                                                                                                                   coyote and fox are prevalent.          ecosystem, The Nature Conservancy
                                                                                                                                   Sightings of almost 300 species of                                                                               Continued on page 2
                                                                                                                                                                          (TNC) focused on preserving land in and
                                        Continued from page 1

                           Barnstable                                                      $300,000 commitment of Town Land Bank
                                                                                                                                                                            Tributes and Memorial Gifts
                           Land                                                            Funds propelled us forward and the fed-
                           Trust                                                           eral grant application was filed in June. In        In Honor of:
                                                                                           early summer BLT and TNC began the pri-             Mr. & Mrs Frank Webber from Nancy S. Wright
                                                                                           vate fundraising to jointly raise a private         Audrey Loughnane for her service to the town from Jaci Barton
         Box 224, Cotuit, MA 02635
                                                                                           match of $200,000.                                  Arthur & Barbara Rittel for their generosity and friendship from Mr. & Mrs. Norman Grocer
         Office: 407 North Street
                  Hyannis, MA                                                                 In December, approval of the federal
                  (508) 771-2585                                                           grant was announced. With the commit-               In Memory of:
         email: blt@cape.com                                                               ment of $550,000 from federal, state and            Nancy Bacon from Howard B. Bacon                      Jane Eshbaugh from Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey A. Eshbaugh
         website: www.blt.org                                                              local government and $153,000 raised to-            Harold Brinn from Arthur & Barbara Rittel             Fred Field IV from
                                                                                           ward the private match, the total acquisi-          Ernest T. Carlson from Gloria Carlson                         Sandra & Warren Nickerson
                                                                                           tion price of $750,000 seemed within                Sepp (Joe) Dietzgen from                                      The Kinlin Family
         Board of Directors:               Furman property with Barnstable s Great Marsh   reach.                                                      Peg Dietzgen                                          Eva Sedell
           Anne Gould                                                                          But we never envisioned that the state s                Clare Putnam                                  Edith Friedman from Barbara and Arthur Rittel
                                                                                           fiscal crisis would precipitate drastic cuts                Linn Gould                                    Cathy Hayden from
         Vice President:                                                                                                                               Joan Bentinck-Smith                                   Cyndy Hayden
           Jim Ingram                                                                      in open space funding that could poten-
                   Osterville                                                              tially risk the loss of the federal funding.        Dick (Herbert) Dixon from Mr. & Mrs. Peter C. Luquer          Jaci Barton & Vernon Grabel
         Treasurer:                                                                        Now, unexpectedly, we find ourselves try-           Edward & Maud Dunn from Stephen & Alice Cooper        Muriel May Maguire from Mrs. Robert Wood Reynolds
           George Manning                                                                  ing to persuade state officials to live up to       Jay Randall Powers from Dr. F. Randall & Mrs. Marjorie Powers
         Clerk:                                                                            their promised share of $50,000.
           Lynn Richards
                                                                                             Luckily, the Furman s want to see their           To the West Barnstable Land Acquisition Fund:
                                                                                          land preserved and have agreed to a two              In Honor of:         Their grandchildren from Donald & Barbara Rogers
         Board Members:                                                                   month extension to February 20th. The                In Memory of:        Anthony J. DeCrosta from Susan A. DeCrosta
           Christopher Babcock                                                            additional time will enable us to focus on                                Ernest & Jean Dietz from Abraham P. Dietz, MD
                  Centerville                                                             efforts to restore state funding for projects
           Pam Boden
                                                                                                                                                                    Mr. & Mrs. Felix Mirando Sr. from Felix Mirando, Jr.
                                                      View toward Sandy Neck
                                                                                          that leverage federal dollars. And we ll                                  Jane Burke from Melanie A. Burke
           Alex Frazee                  have a little more time to continue raising the remaining $47,000 in private funding neces-                                 Martha Sommers & James Brett, Jr. from Mr. & Mrs. Mercer
                  Marstons Mills        sary to complete the project.
           Joe Hawley
                  Centerville              Now from our vantage point we are not nearly as far out on a limb .
           Sam Keavy
                  Barnstable                The prospect is good that by March, the Furman Property will be owned by the Town of                              Please tell a friend or neighbor about BLT and ask them to become a member, too!
           Richard Largay               Barnstable. And to ensure its permanent protection the Massachusetts Division of Conser-
                  Cummaquid             vation and Recreation (MDCR) and Barnstable Land Trust will jointly hold a conservation                                             B ARNSTABLE L AND T RUST M EMBERSHIP F ORM
           Donna Lawson                 restriction on 57-acres that will remain forever wild.                                                                                                                                                      e
                                                                                                                                                                 Help preserve open space and protect water quality, scenic vistas and wildlife — forver.
                  Marstons Mills
           Tom Mullen                                                                                                                                 ❒ $1000      ❒ $500           ❒ $100           ❒ $50        ❒ $35         ❒ Other $____________
           Hid Welch                                                                                                                       Name                                                           email_________________________________________
                  Centerville           How you can help preserve the Furman Property:                                                     Cape Mailing Address                                                                                     Zip
           Mark Wirtanen
                  West Barnstable       Make a gift of cash or securities. For cash donations, just fill out the form on page 7, mark      Phone________________________                                    ❒ My employer will match my contribution
                                        the box for the West Barnstable Land Acquisition Fund and send in your check. To make a            At Cape Address from _____________to______________                      (I ve enclosed their matching gift form)
         Executive Director:
           Jaci Barton                  gift of securities, contact the BLT office (508-771-2585) and we ll send directions to you         Off-Cape Mailing Address                                         ❒ I wish to make a special gift:
                  Cotuit                or your broker.                                                                                                                                                      ❖ in memory of _______________________________

         Newsletter Editors:
                                        Ask others to give. If you know an individual or a business who you think might make a
                                                                                                                                           State_____Zip___________Phone                                      ❖ in honor of _________________________________
           Jaci Barton                  donation, please ask them. Or call BLT and we ll contact them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ❒ West Barnstable Land Acq. Fund $
           Marlene Weir                 Make a Pledge for 2004. If you have already given in 2003, thank you. To raise the
                                        remaining funds we need to be shameless so pardon us for asking if you d consider making                                            Please mail your tax deductible membership contribution to
         Design and Layout:                                                                                                                                                  Barnstable Land Trust, P.O. Box 224, Cotuit, MA 02635
           Maryjo Wheatley              a gift in 2004. We have until February 20th to raise the additional funds.
                                                                                                                                           For office use:   Date rec d.________________amt._________________renewal______new_____TY_____________DB_____________
                                          100% of your gift will go toward the preservation of the 57-acre Furman Property

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                    HEALTHY TURF: AERATION & FALL CLEANUP                                                                                               ANNUAL MEETING AND CHANGING OF THE GUARD
             TURF GRASS AERATION: The root structure of turf grass needs oxygen to breathe . It also needs water to grow                   Three Local Banks and Conservation Administrator Honored at Annual Meeting on November 14
         properly. Core aeration removes tiny plugs of soil from the turf grass area to allow oxygen and water to get to the root
         structure. Aeration also helps retard thatch build-up by increasing micro-organism activity, allowing thatch to decompose
                                                                                                                                                   he Founders Award was given to Rob Gatewood,
             It also relieves soil compaction that can strangle a turf grass root and stop it from growing properly. Compaction can
         occur simply by walking on the turf grass areas or from many diseases including red thread, rust, & summer patch, to name
         a few. Core aeration process will help relieve the inevitable compaction that occurs. We recommend aerating at least once
                                                                                                                                           T        Barnstable s Conservation Division Administrator, honoring him
                                                                                                                                                    for 16 years of tireless service in one of the busiest conservation
                                                                                                                                           posts in the state. Rob s role has been to work with property owners to
                                                                                                                                           mitigate the impacts of proposed development on coastal and inland wa-
         per growing season for the continued good health and vigor of your turf grass.                                                    terways as well as to maintain town owned conservation lands. The
             FALL CLEANUP: Cleaning of leaf litter from your property should be on your must do list this year and every year!             Founders Award is given to honor a person for having the vision to
         Clean leaves from all areas of your property, start high & then work low. Clean your gutters at least two times a year:           empower the people of Barnstable to preserve the essence of Cape Cod -
         Spring & Fall. This will help reduce any ice-build-up and potentially many other problems. Clean all planting beds and            its open spaces and natural resources, wetlands, woodlands, and wild-
         turf grass areas of leaf litter. This will help prevent any insects or disease fungi that are going to over winter under and in   life. Rob thanked his wife, Deb, for her support and acknowledged the
         the debris waiting patiently to pounce upon newly emerging buds in early spring.                                                  advocacy efforts of the Barnstable Land Trust. Both Deb and BLT have
                                                                                                                                           helped sustain him in his work in the Town s most thankless job. The
            Clean leaves and debris to prevent them from forming a                                                                         irony of a standing ovation was not lost.                                          Rob accepting the Founders Award
         mat. This mat will prevent air and water from circulating to
                                                                               This newsletter is generously underwritten by
         the ground below. The roots of turf grasses continue to grow                                                                             he first President s Award was bestowed on three local banking institutions by outgoing President, Alex Frazee.
         underground during the dormant season. Finally, a good fall
         cleaning will give you and your landscape a jump-start on
                                                                                            Joyce Landscaping, Inc.
                                                                                                   68 Flint St.                            T      All three banks donated land to Barnstable Land Trust and continue to support BLT s efforts to preserve open space.
                                                                                                                                                            Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank donated .68 acres in 1989. It was BLT s 3rd acquisition. Represented
                                                                                                                                           by David Willard, Community Relations Officer, Cape Cod Five was also thanked for grants that helped BLT to purchase the
             If you ever need the help of Certified Landscape Profes-                     Marstons Mills, MA 02648                         Cobb Boathouse in Barnstable and the Smith and Sullivan properties in West Barnstable.
         sionals please do not hesitate to call any of us at Joyce Land-                                                                                    Cape Cod Bank & Trust donated 4.8 acres in 1992 that are now part of BLT s Marstons Mills River
                                                                                                 (508) 428-4772
         scaping in Marstons Mills. We can help you with any ques-                                                                         Preserve. The CCBT gift was BLT s 20th land gift. CCBT has sponsored special events and provided furniture, computers,
         tions or concerns pertaining to your property.                                                                                    and technical assistance for the office. Nancy Hardaway, Executive Vice President, accepted the award on behalf of CCBT.
                                                                                                                                                            Cape Cod Cooperative Bank donated 5.57 acres in 1998. It was BLT s 59th land project. The bank
                                                                                                                                           continues to mow the field annually to preserve the open meadow. Many consider the property which lies at the intersection
                                                                                                                                           of Route 6A and the railroad tracks as the gateway to the village of West Barnstable.

                               TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS AT BLT
                                                              After the departure of Assistant Director, Pam Hudson, last February,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Changing of the Guard
                                                           BLT reorganized and created two part-time positions. In April, June
                                                                                                                                                 Retiring Officers and Board Members:
                                                           Bertucci of West Hyannisport became BLT s first Office Manager. In
                                                           May, Marlene Weir of Osterville took on a redefined role as Assistant                    Alex Frazee was thanked for her service as President and for leading the effort to create a land
                                                           Director.                                                                                management program to care for the lands entrusted to BLT.
                                                              June brings 20 years of management and information technology                           Richard Largay stepped down as Vice President but will remain on the Board to lend his legal
                                                           experience to BLT, having worked most recently for Tmp. Worldwide,                         expertise to land preservation projects.
                                                           Inc., as a Resume Processing Technology Specialist and Manager and
                                                                                                                                                      Ellen Culver of Cotuit and Joyce Braude of Hyannis were thanked for their service as they com-
                                                           Senior LAN/Systems Administrator. At BLT, June s 28 hour/week, part-
                                                           time position keeps her busy with membership support activities, daily
                                                                                                                                                      pleted their 6-year terms.
                                                           bookkeeping and accounting, database management, and computer system                  New Board Members and Officers:
                                                           administration.                                                                          Three new Board members were elected: Tom Mullen of Barnstable, Christopher Babcock of
        Marlene s role as Assistant Director is to maintain and develop membership, fundraise and keep the BLT membership                           Centerville and Joe Hawley of Centerville.
     informed of BLT activities. The funds development activities include staff support for the Major Gifts Committee, the
                                                                                                                                                      The 2004 Officers were elected at the November 19th Board meeting. Anne Gould of Cotuit is
     annual campaign, grant writing and organization of special events. Marlene has worked for 30 years for government and
                                                                                                                                                      President and Jim Ingram of Marstons Mills is Vice President. Treasurer, George Manning of
     non-profit organizations as a town planner, development director and executive director in Rhode Island and on Cape Cod.
     She is currently a member of the Town of Barnstable Planning Board, and Chairman of the Local Planning Committee for                             Osterville and Clerk, Lynn Richards of Cummaquid will continue in their positions.
     theTown of Barnstable s Local Comprehensive Plan.
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                                                                                           9TH ANNUAL “GIFTS FROM THE SEA”
              Gifts from the Sea

                                                            he waterfront estate of Townie and Cay Hornor provided an           Artists Robert Mesrop and Jean Carbonell spent the afternoon
               Major Sponsors                               idyllic site for the 50 x 80 white peaked tent, aside scenic    on the Hornor property each preparing a work of art. As the silent
                                                            West Bay in Osterville. More than 200 people turned out for     auction closed, their two wet paint pieces became the focus of
                                                    a gala evening to bid on 110 silent auction items and enjoy the sump-   attention of a live auction.
                                                    tuous seafood, drinks and desserts. The occasion was to support
                                                                                                                               The evening s food and beverages were outrageous in quantity
                                                    and celebrate the work of the Barnstable Land Trust at the 9th An-
                                                                                                                            and quality. The non-stop raw bar of oysters, shrimp and clams
                                                    nual Gifts From the Sea .
                                                                                                                            supervised by Jane Glavine were supplied by Rob Ashworth, Cape
                                                        Master of Ceremonies, Joe Hoffman set the tone for the event,       Cod Oyster Company, Cotuit Sea Farms and the International Inn.
                                                    urging patrons to bid on beautifully displayed silent auction items.    The clams and oysters kept eight volunteer shuckers busy all night.
                                                    Folk music by Richard Gregory Allen and his BL T Band added to          Eight volunteer bartenders served liquor and beer donated by Fancy s
                                                    the ambiance. Excitement surrounded bidding on the Catered Cock-        Market of Osterville and wine from Hyannis Package Store, Cape
         The Stephen Casey and Carlotta             tail Party for 20 at the Cotuit Bay beach house of Jim and Anne         Cod Package Store and La Petite Maison.                                 Artist Robert Mesrop paints dockside
                                                    Gould. Gretchen Reilly and Jim Ingram both won out thanks to the
               Casey Coyne Fund                     generosity of the Goulds and the Culvers who agreed to cater two
                                                                                                                                Food Chairs, Barbara and Arthur Rittel, coordinated the presen-
                                                                                                                            tation serving 15 appetizers and salads to tempt every palate. Cyndy
                                                    cocktail parties at the final bid price of $2,500 each!
                                                                                                                            Hayden served her famous clam chowder. Stuffed quahogs by Dave
                                                        Resourcefulness abounds among auction volunteer committee           Rickel disappeared with a smile. Then came the seafood kabobs
                                                    members. Ellen Culver produced an old 8 wooden dinghy with              loaded with shrimp and scallops provided by Wimpy s Seafood Caf
                                                    retractable oarlocks donated by Wingate and Janet Lloyd. Karl           and the International Inn. The kabobs freshly skewered by the ka-
                                                    Svensson and David Nisula were recruited to scrape, sand, prep and      bob crew were grilled on-site by volunteer grill chefs: Sam Keavy ,
                                                    paint the dingy. Ellen solicited the special marine paint               Harry Holway, and Richard Largay.
                                                    brushes - even the masking tape - from Oyster Harbors Marine.
                                                                                                                               And for those with a sweet tooth there were 21 different
                                                        Art work and handcrafted items once again proved irresistible to    homemade desserts ranging from cheesecakes to chocolate truffle
                                                    the bidders. Among the artists and artisans represented were Eliza-     cookies!
                                                    beth Mumford, Beverly Klucher, Sarah Ringler, Carol Travers
                                                    Lummus, C.F. Loomis, Susie McLean, Charles Harden, Karen
                                                    Fitzgerald Buckley, Tony Will, Carol-Jean O Toole, Peaco Todd,
                                                    John Woodward, Bob Livingston, Joseph Cobb, George Warren, Eric         63 volunteers contributed to the most successful
                                                    Michelson, Fermi Aro, Audubon, Deborah Whitney, Barbara Rittel           Gifts fr om the Sea ever — raising nearly $37,000 for                   Artist Jean Carbonnell paints from
                                                    and Al Barbour. Cahoon Museum of Art, Old Farmhouse Antiques,                                                                                         Hornor beach house
                                                                                                                            the Barnstable Land Trust s land preservation efforts.
                                                    Yankee Accent and the Claire Murray Store also contributed auc-
                                                    tion items.                                                                                                                                         Business Sponsors
              Donated vintage dingy sets the mood                                                                                             Thank you everyone!

                                                                      MC Joe Hoffman reviews the auction list                                      Silent auction draws bidders
                                                                                                                                                                                                   John Lawrence Funeral Home
                   The grill crew hams it up

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