Mattapoisett Land Trust finalizes purchase of 120-acre property
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Land Trust purchased 120 acres of woods, wetlands, and salt marshes in the Pine Island Pond watershed.
This is the largest land acquisition in the organization’s 74-year history, and brings their total land holdings in the Old Aucoot District to 425 acres from Route 6 to Pine Island Pond.
Funding for the acquisition came from several different sources. First, at Town Meeting last May voters approved (by a vote of 390 to 13) a contribution of $250,000 from Mattapoisett’s Community Preservation Act as well as general funds. Second, the Town of Mattapoisett received $960,000 of state grant funding to support the project, bringing the total Town and state funds available to $1.21 million. Finally, remaining funds needed of $250,000 were raised from individuals, families and private associations and foundations.
Gifts ranged from $20 to $50,000 with well over 100 individuals and families donating. In addition the land trust received contributions from the Crescent Beach Improvement Association, the Friends of Angelica, the Point Connett Association and the Brandt Beach Improvement Association as well as from the Yawkey and Fields Pond Foundations.