The Compact of Cape Cod Land Trusts held its 31st anniversary meeting at the Orleans Yacht Club on Monday, August 28, 2017. It was hosted by the Orleans Conservation Trust.
Perfect weather, with a splendid view of Town Cove was further enhanced by delicious hors d’oeuvre’s. There were several excellent presentations on the Compact, the Orleans Trust, and the role of Americorps. Mark Robinson delivered the keynote speech in which he spoke of “what keeps me awake at night,” One issue was what he fears is a loss of fervor in the environmental movement. A second is the responsibility inherent in the word “perpetuity”: How can we ensure that conservation efforts have truly long-lasting effects?
However, the highlight for most of the audience from Wellfleet was that Dennis O’Connell, Wellfleet Conservation Trust President, received the Ansel B. Chaplin Award for excellence in open space protection.
The award was presented by Peter Johnson of the Brewster Conservation Trust and Mark Robinson, Executive Director of The Compact. In addition, a commendation from the Massachusetts legislature was delivered by Representative Sarah Peake and Senator Julian Cyr