2003 BLT Founders’ Award

Gatewood, Rob-125Presented to Rob Gatewood

for his efforts in protecting Barnstable’s vital wetlands.


A native of West Virginia, Rob Gatewood is probably more familiar with Barnstable’s wetlands than anyone in Town. He worked the Conservation Division of the Town’s Regulatory Services Department for many years. Rob’s role has been to proactively protect the Town’s wetlands and work with property owners to mitigate the direct and cumulative impact of coastal projects. With Barnstable’s vast shoreline and abundant inland and coastal wetlands this is no small feat.

The Barnstable Conservation Commission is arguably the busiest in the state. In 2002, the year before Rob received the Founders’ Award, the ConCom inspected 682 sites and reviewed 1,346 building permit applications. In addition to its regulatory role, the Conservation Commission has responsibility for managing 6,580 acres of conservation land throughout the 7 villages of Barnstable. In addition, Rob has been active on behalf of conservation beyond the Town of Barnstable, having served on the Board of Directors of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.



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.”