Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) was founded in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization. Our mission is to preserve the open spaces and natural resources within the Town of Barnstable. In our 30+ year history, we have completed 156 land-saving initiatives. We are currently the steward of 1,082 acres of protected natural lands that provide critical wildlife habitat and protect sensitive watershed parcels, wetlands, forests, scenic views and other valuable open space for the benefit of the community.
With an area of 60 square miles, the Town of Barnstable is the largest community on Cape Cod and the 3rd largest in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Barnstable's population of 45,193 triples in summer, when tourists and second homeowners flock to our shores to enjoy nature's bounty: its coastal waters and natural beauty.
Abundant natural resources are the lifeblood of our coastal community. Cape Cod's water supply comes exclusively from a sole source aquifer. Protecting the land above the aquifer protects our drinking water below us.
With every land preservation initiative, we strive to connect people to the local environment by educating the community about the interconnectedness of the land, the water that surrounds us and the drinking water beneath us, as well as the historic and cultural resources that are fast disappearing.
The staff of BLT is comprised of 2.0 full-time equivalents. Janet Milkman is BLT's new Executive Director - she began her tenure in January 2017. Jaci Barton, BLT's former Executive Director for the past 30 years is now its Land Protection Specialist. Janet is supported by a full-time Land Stewardship Manager and part-time office manager. Land management and stewardship are guided by BLT's volunteer Land Management Committee. Help on land acquisition projects often comes from The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, a regional organization that provides technical assistance to all of Cape Cod's land trusts.
Support for BLT's annual operations comes almost entirely from more than 2,000 individuals and local businesses through memberships, sponsorships, special events and in-kind donations.
Interest from our dedicated Land Management Fund helps to pay for resource protection activities on BLT land and for monitoring and enforcement of conservation restrictions.
BLT's diverse 15-member Board of Directors is recruited from the seven villages of Barnstable for their knowledge of the community and specific expertise.