Provincetown Conservation Trust


The Provincetown Conservation Trust is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve open space for future generations.

What We Do

Founded by local residents in 1980, the trust accepts donations of land, buys land, and manages properties in order to protect the natural and cultural landscape of Provincetown. We advocate and promote the conservation of treasured landscapes such as wooded slopes, heathlands, bogs, swamps, and marshes found outside of the

Cape Cod National Seashore but still essential to maintaining biodiversity and preserving the landscapes at the heart of both our economy and our unique quality of life.We work with many generous private landowners who wish to see their land conserved. We provide technical support for acquisition, management, and administration of gifts and purchases. We also assist with conservation restrictions, which voluntarily limit development on land with tax savings for the landowner. The Provincetown Conservation Trust has years of experience working closely with town boards such as the Open Space Committee and the Conservation Commission, and with real estate professionals.We also collaborate with other lower Cape land trusts to help unify efforts to protect and conserve lower Cape Cod's natural treasures and rural character.

Our Vision

Just as important as acquiring new land is our careful management and stewardship of resources and lands already protected and the continued fostering of local support for land preservation and care.Our long-term strategies include directing growth away from sensitive areas toward sites better suited for development and making strategic purchases so that newly preserved open space contributes to a broader pattern of conserved land throughout our town. The pattern we envision includes wildlife corridors and a continuous greenway of managed preserves, footpaths, and pocket parks from east to west along the back side of town.

Our Accomplishments

From 1981-2006, through the generosity of approximately 20 landowners and the Town of Provincetown, we acquired and protected nearly 90 acres of scarce Provincetown land. Past accomplishments have included the long-term protection of:

Foss Woods

Shankpainter Pond and Uplands

Whistle Path Woods

Nicky's Park

Old Colony Pathway

Contact Provincetown Conservation Trust

PO Box 307
Provincetown, Massachusetts  02657-0307
Phone: 508-685-6402
Fax: 508-487-2562


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Massachusetts

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