Meet Barbara Cary, Our Newest Trustee

Our newest Trustee Barbara Cary joins a very special group of daughters, who have followed in their fathers’ footsteps on the Board of Trustees. Now that she has retired to Wellfleet full time, she has volunteered her considerable talents to the Wellfleet Conservation Trust.  This profile of Barbara originated on a cold April morning along Route 6 where she was picking up trash with the WCT Adopt-A-Highway crew.  Highway background noise is not very conducive to conversation, so we switched format and posed a series of questions that Barbara answered in her own words.


Your introduction to Wellfleet?

I grew up in Belmont, MA, and lived in Concord MA for thirty years or so until retirement and the move to Wellfleet. I came to Wellfleet as an eight-year-old in 1958!  I think it was then I decided I wanted to live here.  I was one lucky kid when my parents, Herb and Irene Daitch, bought the house at the corner of Main and Commercial in 1961, and I was able to spend more and more time here, riding my bike everywhere, exploring the now long-gone oyster shacks at the railroad bridge over Duck Creek, later in cars with cousins and friends, and generally a boat hanging off the roof or out the back.  Ten-hour days on the beaches and in the ponds, sunset cookouts and bonfires at Duck Harbor.  My first real job, waitressing at Holiday House in 1969.  The house in town was sold when my parents bought my current home, on Chequessett Neck Road, with the overwhelming views of the harbor and Great Island.  My daughter, Jocelyn, first visited at four months old, and loves Wellfleet as I do.  I finally moved to Wellfleet, as a full-time resident, in December, 2015.  What a joy it was, last year, not to need to drive away after Labor Day!


Favorite Wellfleet things to do?

Duck Harbor, all day, through to sunset.  (Still!) Swim the ponds. Watch and listen to the ocean.  Walk the trails.


Professional Career?

BA American University in Washington, DC 1972, Majored in Communication and Political Science. JD Suffolk Law Boston, MA 1977.  For the most part I was corporate, in-house counsel at several high-tech companies in the Boston area, including Digital Equipment Corporation and Sybase, Inc.  I handled product-related, as well as employment litigation, software licensing and distribution.   While I enjoyed the work, the best part of my career was the teamwork and my colleagues, and the travel (domestic and international).  But I often feel I missed my calling, in that I’ve always been enthralled by the natural world, (without a doubt inspired by Wellfleet!).  My favorite course in college was Earth Science, and my initial interest was in Environmental Law.  (Go figure!)  I am passionate about habitat and wildlife conservation, and the climate change crisis. So I am very excited to be able to work with the Wellfleet Conservation Trust to preserve the land and habitat to the greatest extent possible, for the sake of future generations, and the planet itself.


Your other current organizations and activities?

Since landing in Wellfleet, I have been a member of the Charter Review Committee, the Board of the Historical Society, and the Outer Cape Chorale.  Also the Wellfleet Democrats, and I am looking forward to becoming more involved in climate change initiatives.


Anything that people wouldn’t know about you?

Something people don’t know about me?  I wish I were mysterious, but I have no secrets!  Well, most people would probably be surprised to learn that I was a high school and college athlete – field hockey and swimming, respectively.


A few words about your father?

My father, Herb Daitch, was a Trustee for many years prior to his death in 2011 – and I am particularly honored to be able to follow in his footsteps.   He loved the work, maintaining and inspecting the land, and working the swath along Route 6.  He loved Wellfleet – as his “table” at the marina says: “Enjoy!”


New website design

When you next visit the Wellfleet Conservation Trust website <> you’ll see some changes. We’ve tried to make it more user-friendly, and give it a more pleasing design with many more photos. It follows more contemporary conventions on web design and will be easier for us to modify and update. 

The site is built using WordPress, which is a simple, widely-used platform. It should now be more hardware independent. That means that it should look OK on a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a phone. One bonus is that the new arrangement saves WCT several hundred dollars per year. We can also collect statistics on overall use of the site (but not on individuals).

You’ll also see some new features. There’s a search box on the top of the sidebar on the right. As an example, try “annual meeting” to see reports on all of our annual meetings, or “annual walk” for reports on all of the annual walks. If you type in just “meeting” or “walk” you’ll get back a much longer list, one that’s not restricted just to annual events.

There’s also a blog, accessed through a link at the top of the page. You can view that on the site, or if you prefer, subscribe through the link at the bottom of the sidebar. Subscribers receive each new post via email and unsubscribe at any time.

Upcoming events are now posted on the home page. In addition, the pages on the site are now tagged. For example, <> will take you to all pages tagged as “WCTevent”. The Documents section (linked in the sidebar) has been expanded to include more public information, such as trail guides and maps, by-laws, and a photo gallery. There’s a password-protected section for sensitive Trustee documents if needed.

We hope you enjoy the new site, and that it helps you understand, appreciate, and use the WCT. Please share any suggestions or questions through the website’s “Contact us” page, linked at the top.

Trails for all seasons

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Walker Trail

Wellfleet conservation lands serve many purposes, one of which is to provide opportunities for recreation. Most are full public access, meaning that people may linger to enjoy the views, observe the fauna and flora, or have pleasant times with family and friends. There are many short trails, often leading to benches for contemplation and open areas with beautiful vistas.

2017-03-13 16.00.40Although most visitors come in the summer and many walkers prefer warmer weather, the trails offer a special beauty in winter, with opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter birding, and even picnics.

Longer trails

The Wellfleet Conservation Trust has worked with the Wellfleet Conservation Commission and the Town Open Space Committee to create several contiguous properties for walking, photography, birdwatching, exercise, and other activities. These properties include longer, marked trails, some of which connect with National Seashore or other lands, thereby providing additional possibilities for exploring and even longer trails.

2017-03-13 16.01.29The Trust builds and maintains these trails, with the help of Americorps members and others in the community. The trail building includes making a safe path, cutting branches and vines, pulling up trip roots, adding rustic stairs on steep sections, marking with blazes, placing benches, clearing parking spaces, and adding signs.
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Trail guides and maps

At the Wellfleet Public Library you can find a free packet of brochures with trail guides and maps. There is an activity guide for children. This material is also available on the website.

2017-03-13 16.15.59The location of Wellfleet Conservation Trust lands are shown on the map in the sidebar. Click on the map to see a high definition pdf version. The pdf is zoomable and can be saved for later use. Also, at each trailhead there is a sign with a QR code, which you can use with your smartphone to find a trail guide with map for the specific trail.

Overview: The Story of Outer Cape Cod and of Wellfleet’s ‘In Town’ Conservation Areas, Creeks and Waterways

SE Mass Land Trust Convocation

Upper Cape Regional Technical School
Upper Cape Regional Technical School

On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, six members of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust traveled to the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne to attend the Southeastern Massachusetts Land Trust Convocation.

The 16th annual Convocation brought together 110 members of the SE Mass. land conservation community for presentations and workshops.

One morning workshop discussed large land acquisition projects, which might appear at first too costly to pursue in terms of time, money, or other resources. This echoed a tribute at the convocation to Truro’s Ansel Burt Chaplin.

Chaplin had co-founded the Truro Conservation Trust, leading coalition efforts to preserve High Head and many scenic spots along the Pamet River. In 1984 he began convening local land trusts on the lower Cape to learn from one another. This led to the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, the “oldest self-sustaining regional network of land trusts in the US.”

Another workshop focused on Cultural Respect Access Agreements. We learned about a pioneer agreement regarding 250 acres in Dennis, the first native-led land trust agreement in the Eastern US.

Jack Clarke
Jack Clarke

In the afternoon, a workshop centered on effective communication to attract volunteers, build partnerships, or raise funds.

Finally, one workshop used case studies to illustrate about how trees are not always the answer for land conservation. But creating open habitats, meadows, and shrublands and keeping them from maturing into dense woods is not as easy as it may appear.

In the middle of the day, participants heard an inspiring talk by Jack Clarke, Director of Advocacy for MassAudubon: Where Do We Go From Here? The Environmental Challenges Ahead. He outlined the new challenges facing environmental protection efforts, nationally and internationally, while emphasizing the impact that local conservation can make.

Tales & Trails Goes to Cannon Hill – October 26, 2016

Library Find

WCT Vice-president Bill Iacuessa was looking around the Wellfleet Public Library this week and happened upon a Resolution from the Board of Selectmen to the Wellfleet Conservation Trust in 2006.  This was at the time the Land Bank was replaced by the Community Preservation Act as an instrument for preserving open space in Wellfleet.  We were nostalgic over the members of the Board who are now deceased: Steve Anthony, Herb Daitch, Robert Hankey and Jim Quigley, whose efforts are praised in the resolution.  We also noted those in our numbers who are still serving the Trust: Richard Ciotti, Peter Hall, Gary Joseph, Denny O’Connell, Ginie Page, Mary Rogers and Marcia Seeler, who continue to follow in their footsteps.  Gary Joseph, one of the founding members of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, is now our longest serving trustee.