2006 BLT Founders’ Award

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 for her many years of service, vision and philanthropy.

 

Anne Gould’s commitment to conservation was profoundly demonstrated in 1980 when she led the effort to preserve what became the 107-acre Eagle Pond Sanctuary in Cotuit. As president and board member of the Mary Barton Land Conservation Trust (MBLCT), Anne has encouraged landowners to donate nearby parcels and inspired others to give funds to expand the sanctuary.

In the late 1980s scenic Bell Farm on Putnam Avenue, considered “the gateway to Cotuit,” was threatened by development. Many people rallied around Anne’s effort to raise funds to preserve the open meadow. To connect Bell Farm to Eagle Pond, she purchased and donated land to BLT allowing visitors to go from the field at Bell Farm, over Little River and through the woods to the Eagle Pond Sanctuary.

In the 1990s, the opportunity arose to preserve Ropes Field, the 2-acre meadow at the top of Old Shore Road. Anne led the effort to protect this important scenic and cultural landscape. When opportunity knocked again, she chaired the “Save Cordwood” committee. A partnership was forged between the MBLCT and BLT to preserve 23 critical acres along Cordwood Road – a vital linkage between land trust holdings. Through her diligence and persuasive abilities, Anne and the committee raised $3.3 million to save Cordwood, the back way to the Eagle Pond Sanctuary, forever preserving 179 acres of privately protected, connected land.

Anne has been a BLT member since its inception in 1983. In 1989, she joined the BLT Board of Directors, serving as clerk and president. She has chaired many successful fundraising events, encouraging volunteer participation in helping to raise the funds that have supported land preservation efforts throughout Barnstable.

 

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Barnstable Land Trust annually honors an individual, organization, business or governmental organization who has acted in the spirit of our Founders. The award is given “for having the vision to empower the people of Barnstable to preserve the essence of Cape Cod – its open spaces and natural resources, wetlands, woodlands and wildlife.”