What We Do

BLT is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the open spaces, natural resources, and unique character of Barnstable for future generations.

Our Vision: “To ensure that Barnstable’s land, water, natural resources and character are sustained and valued for future generations”

Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is the only private nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preserving the open spaces and natural resources within the Town of Barnstable on Cape Cod. BLT is supported by generous contributions from the community and from our members. BLT is currently the steward of 1,096 acres of land in Barnstable’s seven villages.

BLT preserves land that protects wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, sensitive watersheds, wetlands, forests and other valuable open space. Our protected lands are held in their natural state in perpetuity for the benefit of the community and future generations.

Land is acquired through outright gifts, bequests, “bargain sales” (purchases below market value) or neighborhood-driven fundraising and purchase. The land entrusted to our care is managed with the help of volunteers to protect vital resources. Our Walks & Talks Program provides opportunities to learn about local natural resources and connect with the land.

BLT offers land preservation education and assistance to:

  • Landowners and family members considering conservation options;
  • Neighbors and community members who identify important parcels here in Barnstable;
  • Realtors and developers seeking information about setting aside land as open space; and,
  • Town boards and committees on all open space issues.

For more detailed information, go to Conservation Options.

To view a brief video about BLT, click here.