The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc.
Mission: To encourage and assist in the acquisition,
preservation, and management
of open space on Cape Cod
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Jan. 31st, SE Mass. Land Trust Convocation

More than 100 attendees braved the winter snow squalls to learn about timely and actionable topics that are important to land trusts at this annual, half-day conference in Bourne.

Click here for presentation PDFs!

Learn more about The Compact's newest project
Saving Land in the Cape Cod National Seashore

Click here for the new book: To Live Lightly on the Land

Click here for the video: Land of Beauty at Risk

Click here for The Cape Cod Times
"My View" Opinion by Mark Robinson


Click here for an Editorial by The Cape Cod Times


Click here for a podcast about the project
(scroll to the "Play"button just below the Feb. 9th description titled "Private Land Trusts")

Attention Landowners:

Learn more about the new State income tax credit (up to $75,000!) that can result when preserving eligible land with your local land trust.

For a free, confidential conversation, please contact Mark Robinson, The Compact's Executive Director, by phone 508-362-2565 or email

Click here to learn more by listening to this radio interview with Cape Cod Broadcasting.

About The Compact:

The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc. was formed in 1986 as a non-profit service center assisting six local land trusts on the Lower Cape. The Compact now works with 25 local and regional land trust and watershed associations on their projects to acquire and manage important natural areas as protected open space. The Compact also advises its members on non-profit administration, tax, and legal questions. Because most local trusts are managed by volunteers, they find the full-time staff support provided by The Compact crucial to fulfilling their land conservation goals. As a regional organization, The Compact also conducts research and promotes land projects that foster a regional approach to open space protection. The Compact is supported by dues from member land trusts, donations, and grants from private foundations.

OUR VISION for Cape Cod:

The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts believes there is still an opportunity to preserve the essence of Cape Cod which exists in the collective imagination: a place of white sand beaches, broad salt marshes, quiet pine woods, intriguing cranberry bogs, and startlingly blue kettle ponds. Despite rapid and extensive residential and commercial development, the Cape’s beauty and uniqueness persist, attracting newcomers and holding those born here.

Land in its natural state provides the resource base for the region’s environmental and visual quality. Our upland animals, such as deer and songbirds, need large undeveloped areas to bed down in and migrate through. Our ground waters need large areas of wood lands and wetlands to recharge the quantity and filter the quality of our aquifer. Our fish and shellfish need unpolluted upland buffers to keep their bays and marshes clean. Our people need woods for walking, unspoiled vistas for inspiring, and quiet green places for contemplating themselves and their history.

The Compact seeks to instill and nurture a land conservation ethic in every Cape Codder. We recognize that, in the absence of individual and collective action, every parcel of open space will be developed on Cape Cod. The result will be an unlivable, unsustainable region. To save our open space we need a comprehensive approach, from decisions made by individuals to partnerships among government agencies and non-profit organizations. The Compact was founded to assist those making simple and complex decisions about how and why land should be preserved.

The effort of the land trusts of The Compact is a significant supplement to the work of government in protecting open space, but it is not a substitute. The enormity of the problem and the high cost of land on Cape Cod require concerted action. Public dollars and private ingenuity can often be the right recipe for success. The fate of the last 17% of the Cape’s land mass that is still undecided (neither developed nor protected) hangs in the balance.


Mark H. Robinson Executive Director
Michael W. Lach Assistant Director
Paula S. Pariseau Senior Land Protection Specialist


Richard A. Johnston, Esq.
Colin A. Leonard
Vice President
Henry A. Lind
Elizabeth Finch
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3220 Main St. (Rt. 6A)
P.O. Box 443
Barnstable, MA 02630

Phone: 508-362-2565
Fax: 508-362-4480