Sandy Neck CR: Protecting a Critical Resource

14.10 Acres in Barnstable – July 25, 2017photo2_cropped

Barnstable Land Trust holds the conservation restriction (CR) on a 14.10-acre parcel of land on the tip of Sandy Neck, the environmentally crucial barrier beach. The land, which was acquired through Community Preservation Act funding, is owned by the Town of Barnstable.

Located within the Sandy Neck/Barnstable Harbor Area of Critical Environmental Concern, the parcel is composed of an extensive dune system, beach front and mud flats. It is home to a large variety of shorebird species and all manner of wildlife. Considered “the missing link” in the protection of the entire barrier beach, the complex dune system is the first line of defense for the historic Sandy Neck cottage colony, Barnstable Harbor and the Great Marsh.

With the addition of the Sandy Neck CR, BLT is currently the steward of just over 1,092 acres of land.