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The Orleans Conservation Trust protects and restores natural lands — for people and wildlife, the health of our waters, and the character of our community.

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Natural spaces are needed more than ever, by people who crave fresh air and a restorative break from their busy lives, and by wildlife and pollinators that face countless threats including habitat loss, irresponsible pesticide use, and climate change.

OCT’s lands can fulfill those needs, but doing so requires significant land stewardship resources and funding. We need your support to help meet the challenge! OCT’s recent stewardship activities on 4.5 acres on Eli Rogers Road provides an illustrative example of just how much care and attention a single property might require (read more about the ongoing effort to protect that land). OCT staff are currently working through the task list below for this property.

Our To-Do List for One Property on Eli Rogers Road

See Your Generosity Around Town

For several years, we have been increasing our land stewardship spending throughout our community. We’ve made substantial investments to add parking and signage at trailheads, to create updated maps and to blaze our trails, and to undertake ecological restoration on several of our conservation areas. In planning such work, our staff carefully determines what staff can accomplish, where volunteers can have the biggest impact, and where we need support from outside contractors. Click each photo to enlarge.

New Parking along Tonset Road

Window on the Bay Fencing

New Trailhead Kiosks

Henson's Cove Eco-Restoration

Eli Rogers Eco-Restoration

New Steps at Twinings Pond

Land Stewardship by the Numbers

Will You Support OCT's Land Stewardship Goals?

We need your support to ensure our lands are stewarded with the attention they deserve and in ways that allow us to maximize our properties’ potential for people and wildlife and the character of our community. Please consider a donation today, and thank you for your partnership!

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Orleans Conservation Trust

203 South Orleans Rd.

Orleans, MA 02653

(508) 255-0183

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Orleans Conservation Trust is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1970. Over its 50-year history, the Trust has preserved more than 660 acres in Orleans. Among the most active land trusts on Cape Cod, OCT stewards a range of ecosystems, from freshwater ponds and wetlands to saltmarshes, wooded upland, and coastal grasslands, managing its lands to protect and enhance wildlife habitat, restore native ecosystems, and provide public recreation and education through a network of trails and informational signage. OCT also educates residents and visitors about important natural values and environmental issues in Orleans and around Cape Cod via guided walks, free lectures, its website, newsletter, and other communications.