2005 BLT Founders’ Award

Cynthia ColePresented to Cynthia Cole

for her passion for community and grassroots involvement.


A BLT member since its inception in 1983, Cynthia is driven by her love of the environment as well as her commitment to the Cape Cod community. In the early eighties, the Barnstable resident worked to curtail herbicide spraying to control plant growth beneath the power lines. In the mid-1980s, her persistence led to the protection of what is now the Town’s Old Jail Lane Preserve. Protecting those 180 acres sealed the eastern end of a huge tract of undeveloped land and set in motion twenty years of land preservation by Barnstable Land Trust and the Town of Barnstable.

Cynthia’s passion for community led her to focus on downtown Hyannis, where she worked for the Business Improvement District and was able to implement the vision for a more livable urban environment. She was also instrumental in establishing and promoting the popular Farmers Market in Hyannis, which supports local sustainability and healthy, fresh foods.



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.”