Land Acquisition

Marks Cove Vista (120 Cromesett Road)

Planned public amenities at Marks Cove Vista, adjacent to the larger Marks Cove Conservation Area.

 

The Wareham Land Trust finished out 2023 with a bang by closing on the Marks Cove Vista property at 120 Cromesett Road! The lot has frontage on Marks Cove and is contiguous with the existing Marks Cove Conservation Area. With the deed to the property in hand, WLT can now begin work on the public access improvements we have planned: we intend to provide a small parking area and a short handicap accessible trail to a waterfront view area overlooking Marks Cove and more than 100 acres of existing open space.

Situated within the Sole Source Aquifer and containing approximately 1 acre of salt marsh, permanently protecting this property will protect coastal and drinking water quality. If the Wareham Land Trust is not able to raise the necessary funds, this property will be sold for development, fragmenting this critical habitat and eliminating the potential for public access.

Thank you to everyone who donated in support of this project! Your contributions resulted in preserving this gem of a property in perpetuity. 

 

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The Sawyer Preserve and the Red Brook Trail Network

The Wareham Land Trust recently acquired the Sawyer Preserve – a 10.1-acre parcel adjacent to already protected land owned by the Wareham Land Trust, the Onset Water District, and the Trustees in East Wareham near Red Brook and the Plymouth town line. Protection of this property “fills in the hole” in the middle of other conserved lands. This property is part of the globally rare Coastal Pine Barrens ecoregion, which provides habitat for over 200 state and federally listed species, such as the box turtles and the barrens buck moth. Preservation of this property helps to support the continued health of this valuable habitat. Additionally, a conservation restriction will be placed on the property which will ensure its protection in perpetuity.

In addition to protecting valuable native habitat, the purchase of the Sawyer property provided an opportunity to greatly expand the public access in the area. The adjacent land owned by the Onset Fire District, which protects the drinking water supply to residents in Onset, has not previously been open to the public. The Sawyer Preserve allows a connection and public access to previously inaccessible land owned by the Trustees, and through a partnership with both the Onset Water Department and the Trustees, the Wareham Land Trust has established the Red Brook Trail Network, comprising an additional 3.4 miles of trails that will be accessible through the Trustees’ Lyman Reserve. Phase I of the Red Brook Trail Network is complete, and Jasper’s Trail and Turtle Trail are open to the public. Final touches are being put on the trail network now as part of a Phase II effort, and we hope to have Kora’s Trail open to the public in early 2024. 

For more info on this property, please see our property page here

 

 

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