August 16, 2008 Annual Meeting and Review

Mr. Seth Rolbein, Editor of The Cape Cod Voice, discusses the Cape Cod National Seashore.

View PowerPoint Presentation by President Denny O’Connell

The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts bestowed the 2007 Award for Excellence in Open Space Preservation to Robert Hankey, a resident of Wellfleet and one of the original founders of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust.

Robert’s fame in conservation circles is well known.  He served as President of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust from 1990 to 2003.  Under his guidance the WCT grew from a fledging non-profit to a major force for conservation in the Town.  He led the successful initiative to designate Wellfleet Harbor as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern, and his strong partnership with the Town Open Space Committee led to many of the Town’s conservation purchases.  His personal contacts with local private landowners led to dozens of land gifts to WCT and he has strongly supported and worked on behalf of regional cooperation on land conservation.

For over 30 years, Robert and his wife Eleanor Stefani have operated The Colony of Wellfleet, a retreat of cottages nestled on the slopes off Chequessett Neck Road designed by famed architect Nathaniel Saltonstall.

First Annual Walk, Griffin Island & Herring River Restoration

907walkmarshOn Sunday, September 16, 2007, seventy five individuals participated in the first annual “Walks in Wellfleet” sponsored by the Trust in cooperation with the Cape Cod National Seashore, Herring River Restoration Project and the Town Open Space Committee.  There were four walk options available ranging from one mile to three and three quarter miles along different paths throughout Griffin Island, Wellfleet.

907wallkhillBut this was more than just walks over the dunes and through the woods.  Following a brief orientation by Denny O’Connell, Trust President, three highly professional and knowledgeable National Seashore ecologists, John Portnoy, Stephen Smith and Evan Gwilliam each led walkers through different areas of Griffin Island and gave presentations along the way on the Herring River Restoration Project, cultural landscape restoration, upland plant and marsh ecology, and the historical development of the land.

The walks were acclaimed by the participants to be highly informative and enjoyable because of this unique educational feature and the opportunity to see and learn about a portion of Wellfleet that many, even a few long-time Wellfleet residents had not visited.

See September walk brochure.

Fox Island Trails Walk

Fox Island Marsh – Pilgrim Springs Woodlands – Whale Bone Point

Aerial photograph taken from above Indian Neck, looking east across Fox Island, Fox Island Marsh and Conservation Trust Land, Black Fish Creek, Pleasant Point, and Drummer Cove to the Atlantic Ocean at the top of the picture.

FoxIslandMarsh.jpgAt right shows the 181 acre conservation area that has been preserved through the efforts of the Town of Wellfleet, the State Fish and Game Department and the Wellfleet Conservation Trust since 1992.  It is the largest publicly-accessible conservation area on the Outer Cape outside of the National Seashore.
The left side of the photo shows 71 acres on the south end of Indian Neck owned by the State Fish and Game Department and Field Point owned by the Trust.   Fox Island is clearly shown in the center of Fox Island Marsh.  On the right is Whale Bone Point and the upland known as Pilgrim Springs Woodlands.WhaleBonePointbyTConnell.jpg

Two miles of public walking trails have been established and viewing benches installed.