To donate toward the Conservation for the Community campaign click the DONATE button and write SEA CAMPS in the "add special instructions to the seller" field. If you would like to send your donation in by mail you can download and print our Conservation for the Community pledge card HERE.
For further information, contact:
Amy Henderson, Executive Director
Brewster Conservation Trust
Brewster, MA. November 16, 2021
The largest undeveloped parcel on Cape Cod . . . fronting on the Cape’s largest freshwater pond . . . to be protected forever thanks in part to “Conservation for the Community,” the most ambitious capital campaign in the Brewster Conservation Trust’s four-decade history. In a special Town Meeting and at the polls, Brewster voters overwhelmingly approved the Town’s purchase of the Cape Cod Sea Camps’ properties: 55 acres on the Bayside and 66 acres on Long Pond.
Tino Kamarck, BCT’s President, noted that, “In addition to 1200 feet of pond frontage, the Long Pond parcel includes a designated Town well field recharge area and abuts 42 acres of conservation land, allowing for an extensive trail system and wildlife habitat and corridors.” Kamarck went on to say, “We are pleased to announce BCT’s Conservation for the Community capital campaign to protect and preserve these unique conservation values by contributing $1.75 million to the Town over five years in support of the purchase of the Long Pond parcel.”
The campaign has been seeded with pledges from all BCT’s volunteer trustees and several major gifts, Kamarck reported, and BCT will now be asking for multi-year pledges from conservation-minded donors and philanthropies both on- and off-Cape. “We’re especially depending on the generosity of those in the community who will benefit most from the conservation of this unique property.” The Trust hopes to make substantial progress toward fulfilling its $1.75 million goal over the next twelve months.
September 26, 2021 - Brewster Conservation Trust Supports Town's purchase of Sea Camps properties.
Thank you to 1,495 Brewster residents for attending September 26 town meeting. Voters enthusiastically approved the $26m purchase of both bay and pond parcels, 110 acres. And, Thank you, again! Special Election Results: Both the pond and bay parcel debt exclusion passed! See full results on the Town of Brewster page here.
The Brewster Conservation Trust supports the Town of Brewster’s acquisition of the Cape Cod Sea Camp properties and was excited to learn that a negotiated agreement to purchase the properties has been reached.
Both properties offer substantial opportunities for public benefits, and BCT especially recognizes the important conservation value of the Long Pond parcel. At 66 acres, it is one of the largest undeveloped parcels remaining on Cape Cod. Half of the property is located within the Town’s well field recharge area, vital for protection of Brewster’s drinking water quality, and has features recognized by the Commonwealth as important for sustaining ecological health and diversity. With beach frontage on Cape Cod’s largest pond and abutting 42 acres of existing public walking trails owned by Town, the parcel also provides significant opportunities for recreation.
Over almost 40 years, BCT has often partnered with the Town in support of conserving natural open spaces. In that long history, this chance to acquire so many potential benefits for the public is unique -- a once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve the best of Brewster. Accordingly, BCT has pledged to contribute $1.75 million to the Town’s acquisition of the Long Pond property – representing its largest ever capital campaign commitment.
We urge the public to continue to support this acquisition and urge everyone to participate in the future planning process for these two incredible properties.
Cape Cod Sea Camps - Conservation of Regional Impact
View maps and other informational documents, and to see the latest news on the Cape Cod Sea Camps acquisition by the Town of Brewster you can refer to the Town's Info Page HERE.