Mattapoisett Land Trust adds property to Old Aucoot district

Apr 13, 2021

MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Land Trust’s Santos Farm Reserve will join the Old Aucoot conservation district, adding eight acres to the district.

Selectmen approved the merger at an April 13 meeting, where Land Trust President Mike Hugenin and Allen Decker of the Buzzards Bay Coalition presented the addition.

The conservation restriction for the Old Aucoot District, a 397-acre collection of preserves, will be amended to include the abutting Santos Farm, bringing the total number of preserves in the district to 13.

The Land Trust acquired the property at the end of Bowman Road last December. Until then, it was used as an active farm where pigs were raised.

Decker said the trust removed all of the farm equipment and invasive species from the property.

“It is simply going to be unimproved land going forward, ready for public use,” he said.

Hugenin said that seven acres of the property will grow wildflowers, adding to the abutting meadow.

The Selectmen approved the amendment with no questions asked.