Native Land Conservancy CR: Protecting an Important Part of History

lady slipper_for website_cropped1.37 Acres in Barnstable – July 15, 2015

Barnstable Land Trust holds the conservation restriction (CR) on a small but historically important parcel of land on Shoot Flying Hill Road on the Barnstable/Centerville line. The 1.4-acre parcel is owned by the Native Land Conservancy (NLC), which was founded in 2012 and is the first Native-run land conservation group east of the Mississippi. This is the organization’s first acquisition and was donated by Norman Hayes, who is the son of one of BLT’s founders, Stephen Hayes.

The CR provides a double layer of protection for the land, which features tall white pines, stone walls and delicate Lady Slippers. The southernmost remnant of one of the Long Lots stretching from Lake Wequaquet north to Barnstable Harbor, the land is part of an area that was an important lookout for Native Americans and early settlers.

BLT is delighted to have a new partner in the NLC, which shares our goals and values regarding the importance of land preservation.