Barnstable Land Trust (Cotuit, MA)


  • Name:Ms. Jaci Barton
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Barnstable Land Trust
  • Address:PO Box 224
    Cotuit, MA 02635
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(508) 771-2585
  • Main fax:(508) 771-3463

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:407 North Street
    Hyannis, MA 02601
    United States

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • Barnstable Land Trust is a private, non-profit membership organization that preserves the open spaces and natural resources of Barnstable. Wildlife habitat, scenic views, wetlands, sensitive watershed parcels, forests and other special places are held in their natural state.

  • Overview:
  • In 1983, a group of local citizens banded together to take action to preserve some of the remaining open spaces and special places of our community here on Cape Cod. Today Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is celebrating our 30th anniversary as the stewards of 1,023 acres of wetlands, woodlands and open meadows. The land we’ve preserved protects wildlife habitat and provides sanctuary for humans while also protecting the natural resources that are the life blood of our coastal community.

    A year before our founding Cape Cod’s only source of drinking water was designated as a sole source aquifer by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The designation recognized that what happens on the land directly affects the quality of our public water supply. According to the EPA, “the Cape Cod aquifer, if contaminated, would create a significant hazard to public health.”

    Our groundwater which is hydraulically connected to our surface waters, also feeds fresh water to our ponds, rivers and coastal embayments. Substantial changes in both marine and land based activities over the past several decades, notably the increase in residential development within coastal watersheds, has significantly affected the health of our aquifer and our near shore coastal waters.

    In an attempt to reverse the adverse impacts already evident, communities Cape-wide are studying expensive, politically unpopular long-range options such as installing sewers and sewer treatment facilities in critical areas. While scientists, regulators and other authorities debate solutions, BLT can and is taking direct action to protect our water resources by preserving land in its natural state. By saving land from development, we can prevent additional nitrogen loading from new septic systems and lawns that would detrimentally affect the health of our public water supply and of nearby coastal waters.

    Over the past few years BLT has been working on three resource protection priorities. Each falls within the 3-Bay area watershed that feeds Nantucket Sound. The bays are a unique cultural resource in the Town of Barnstable that provide habitat for finfish and shellfish and offer a myriad of recreational opportunities.

    These priority projects represent significant conservation efforts, and will protect a total of 43 acres within the 3-Bay recharge area. The cost for these three land saving initiatives exceeds $3.8 million.

    Last November, BLT took title to the 23-acre Fuller Farm – the first of our three priorities. On that day BLT also achieved the LANDmark of 1,000 acres preserved! To save the land and its circa 1870s farmhouse, BLT raised nearly $1.6 million from 78 donors including three foundation grants. To complete the project we used $35,000 from our dwindling Green Fund. We are now focused on whether the farmhouse can become a BLT office and education center that connects people to the land.

    Our second priority is strategically focused on preserving the last remaining undeveloped parcel of land along the 1200’ fishway that leads herring from the Marstons Mills River to their spawning grounds in Middle Pond. All of the river’s migrating blueback herring and alewives pass by this point and rely on flowing fresh waters to reach Middle Pond to spawn. Shifting sands often impede the flow of fresh water. This parcel provides critical access for maintenance of the run.

    In December of 2012, we received news that the State awarded BLT a Conservation Partnership Grant to “Help the Herring Run.” That grant, together with 115 individual donations, 3 grants and funding from the Community Preservation Act, has brought us to within $11,000 of achieving our total project goal of raising $335,000. The deadline for completing the project is June 2013.

    Our project goals are to ensure access for maintenance of the herring run; enhance adjacent conservation lands; preserve wildlife habitat; and safeguard water quality for future generations.

    Our third priority is just getting underway. “Keep Lowell Park Green!” is a land saving initiative aimed at protecting 19 wooded acres that are under and around a cultural treasure.

  • History:
  • The Town of Barnstable is 60 square miles and is the third largest Town east of the Mississippi River. It is defined by seven distinct villages, each with their own charm, character and unique natural resource infrastructure. In summer the year round population of 43,000 triples as summer residents and visitors flock to our shores to enjoy what nature has to offer.

    Founded in 1983, the Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is a member-supported, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the open spaces and natural resources within the Town of Barnstable – its wetlands, woodlands, wildlife and water quality. All of our programs revolve around the preservation of our natural heritage. We carry out our mission by preserving critical parcels of land.

    During the early years, BLT worked closely with local government, helping to preserve large tracts of land to be publicly owned. By 1990, BLT had less than five acres under its stewardship. Since then, BLT has forged a separate identity – creating an organization that works together with, but also independent of, government, thus providing landowners with both a public and a private alternative for land conservation.


    As of April 2013, BLT had completed 135 projects of our own and today we are the steward of 1,023 acres of natural lands held in perpetuity for the benefit of the community.

    Many BLT land projects are gifts or donated conservation restrictions, the associated costs of which are funded through operating revenues. Land preservation projects that require significant sums for acquisition, must rely on public-private partnerships, special appeals to the community and grant funding to succeed.

    Our Green Fund is a revolving fund used to help jumpstart critical land preservation projects; if funding on a particular project should fall short, BLT can also borrow from our Green Fund to complete a purchase. However, our goal is always to make ourselves whole so that we can take on the next critical project.

    On average, BLT is working on 6 to 8 land protection projects at any given time. Help on special land projects often comes from The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc., a regional organization which provides technical assistance to all land trusts on Cape Cod.


    To support BLT, more than 2,000 individuals and local businesses donate nearly $260,000 annually through memberships, sponsorships, in-kind donations and special events. Jaci Barton, Executive Director, has been with BLT since 1985 and is responsible for land preservation initiatives. Program support is provided by an office manager and a land manager. Approximately eighty volunteers provide assistance in the office, on the land and at special events. BLT’s diverse 15-member Board of Directors is geographically recruited from the seven villages of Barnstable for their knowledge of the community and specific expertise.


    Land management and stewardship is guided by part-time staff and BLT’s Land Management Committee, and is supported by volunteers and AmeriCorps. Interest from BLT’s dedicated Land Management Fund helps to pay for stewardship of BLT land and for annual monitoring of conservation restrictions. The principal is intended only for the enforcement of conservation restrictions.

  • Year established:1983
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:22-2483963

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:222483963
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1540 MAIN ST
  • Organization City:W BARNSTABLE
  • Organization State:MA
  • Organization Zip:02668-1139
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 1984
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):350, 352, 353
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Preservation of natural resources (conservation), Land acquisition for preservation, Soil or water conservation
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C340
  • Asset Amount:$30,715,827
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,664,963
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$937,307
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 7:01:45 am

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