Vineyard Open Land Foundation

VOLF is an IRS 501 (c) (3) public charitable land trust established in 1970 to preserve the natural beauty and rural character of Martha's Vineyard by acquiring and implementing conservation planning on strategic parcels of land and by providing technical planning expertise to landowners on a consulting basis to create and implement land use plans that satisfy preservation goals while providing for appropriate uses. Over 2,000 acres of prime agricultural areas, wildlife habitats, pond and ocean frontage, archaeological sites, scenic views and public conservation areas including beaches and trails have been preserved or directly influenced by VOLF's involvement. In addition, the land use pattern of at least one-half again as many acres has been professionally set through VOLF's work.

VOLF's mission is as follows:

  • "To assist in, and to promote the preservation of the natural beauty and rural character of Martha's Vineyard;
  • to minimize land development along the highways, byways and along the shore of the sea and ponds by preserving open places;
  • by acquiring control of strategic tracts of land, by dedicating all or part to public use for recreation and conservation, and/or by developing such tracts, in whole or in part, pursuant to plans well designed to preserve the character thereof to the greatest extent feasible;
  • by working with or otherwise assisting individuals and other organizations public or private in their efforts to preserve the rural character of the Vineyard;
  • by expanding funds for research and otherwise informing the public as to the means and techniques for accomplishing and for facilitating the objectives of preserving open places on the Vineyard;
  • by promoting sound conservation practices on the Vineyard so as to maintain to the greatest extent feasible and practicable, the quality of life on the Vineyard;
  • in furtherance of its purposes, the Foundation may acquire by gift, purchase or otherwise either real, personal or mixed property from any person, trust, or corporation."

Contact Vineyard Open Land Foundation

Carol L. Magee
Executive Director
572 Lambert's Cove Road
PO Box 4608
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts  02568-0937
Phone: (508) 693-3280
Fax: (508) 693-3280


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Massachusetts

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