Bourne Conservation Trust


  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods
  • Save Baxendale Woods

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The Bourne Conservation Trust is delighted to report that due to the generosity of many we are well on the way to preserving Baxendale Woods! However, we are not quite there and we encourage all of you to put us "over the line" to save this special and historic piece of property. In fact, we also need additional funds to cover legal & closing costs and the initial trail network construction so that we will all be able to enjoy this beautiful place.

• Send a check / Make a pledge: Baxendale Woods Donation/Pledge Form

Mail to: Bourne Conservation Trust, PO Box 203, Cataumet, MA 02534-0203

Donation of stocks & securities also accepted.
Please call: (508) 563-2884 or Email us
for information about donating stocks & securities.

• Make an online donation via Network for Good

• Donate via PayPal

Our current, September 14, status:
$2,134,000.00 Cash in Hand!

When we reach the magic number of 2.5 million, the September matching grant will "kick in" and we will have our purchase price! We can do this! If we do not do this, we will lose all or part of the September matching grant and we will have to borrow the remainder of the purchase price, which means interest payments.

Million Dollar SEPTEMBER Matching Challenge is in progress!

Let's DO THIS so we will be able to complete the purchase of Baxendale Woods,
ensuring its preservation for ourselves and generations to come.

Baxendale Woods Matching Challenge 2


The BCT Trail Meisters would love to see us meet our goal of $3 million, so they can get started making new trails in the Baxendale Woods.

They are responsible for building and maintaining all the trails in the BCT system. To see what they do, check out Dick Boyden's "Out on the Trails" columns in the BCT newsletters:

These Cataumet Greenway Trail Meisters are, L-R, Dick Murphy, George Gillis, Jay Fisher, John Holden and Dick Boyden. Missing from photo, Bill Farley. They are six of the 11 Trail Meisters.

Help these guys get on with their mission and donate to save the Baxendale Woods wildlife habitat. And remember, from now to October 1, anything you give will be matched—up to $500,000.

BCT Trail Meisters

Read the article, "Promises to Keep" written by Chris White; photographer Tyler Fields; published in CAPE COD LIFE.

"Promises to Keep" is a great back story about the history of the Baxendale property, and why it makes sense for the Bourne Conservation Trust to be its next—and hopefully permanent—steward.

A Nature Preserve and Sanctuary is within our grasp…

Very recently, 21 acres of land in Cataumet was purchased for private development. This beloved woodland, long held by the Animal Rescue League of Boston, stretches almost the length of Megansett Road in one direction, back to the railroad tracks in the other.

While this news was upsetting and shocking, we, as a community, now have the opportunity to purchase and protect 18 of those acres from deforestation and new construction. We can create a permanent nature preserve and sanctuary with walking trails and benches on which to sit and reflect, a place to enjoy and cherish, secured for generations to come. Conserving this land will save the homes of innumerable birds and animals of all sizes and protect the wonderful legacy of the Baxendale Family.

To save Baxendale Woods we all need to contribute generously; together we must raise $3,000,000 by October 2021.

COLLECTIVELY WE CAN AND MUST DO THIS! Please donate, big, even bigger, small or anything in-between, as much as you can.

Think of the joy you will feel as you drive by or walk through these woodlands, knowing that your donation, whatever the amount, helped to permanently save this land and everything it represents to all of us, from unwanted development.

Read more about Baxendale Woods HERE and on our Properties page.

Please pass the word… encourage everyone to support this cause. You can look forward to updates and track fundraising results on this web site.

Baxendale maps

Under contract...

Under Contract

Under an agreement that will soon close, the Bourne Conservaton Trust is pleased to announce that it has acquired a new, approximately 2-acre parcel, with frontage on County Road, Red Brook Harbor Road, and Red Brook Pond Drive. This purchase, highlighted in the striped area on the map below, compliments and expands the Trust's Cataumet Greenway, further protectng the community character on these well-traveled roads. The purchase price is $325,000, with $100,000 deposited and a note balance of $225,000. We welcome contributons to this project.

Easiest way to donate: BCT Donation form

Cataumet Greenway New Parcel

Extending the Community Fence at Spring Hill Farm

Community Fence Spring Hill Farm, a BCT property along County Road in Cataumet, provides a home for our resident goats, grazing for local horses, and areas to get-together for yard sales, an annual Easter egg hunt and other Village events. Over the past few years there has been an initiative to replace old wire fencing throughout the farm with a traditional split rail fence. This initiative has grown in stages, and now almost 25% of the old fence has been replaced, thanks to our many supporters who have purchased a section of fence along with a plaque with a tribute of their choice. You can dedicate the plaque in memory of, or in honor of, a family member, a special friend, a pet or whatever or whoever has special meaning for you.

To place your plaque on a section of fence, please download, complete and print our Community Fence Donation Form Send this form along with a $100 donation to the BCT, PO Box 203, Cataumet, MA 02534.

This spring, stop by the Farm (1079 County Road, Cataumet), give the goats a treat, say hello to the horses, walk our community fence line and read the plaques. It will remind you of the special community in which we all live.

The Wildlife Among Us!

Wildlife sightings

In our most recent newsletter (page 3 of #51), we challenged our readers to make a list of wildlife spotted on Cape Cod. A few species have already been reported for our Wildlife List as of February 1, 2018.

Birds: Blue jay, bufflehead, cardinal, chickadee, bald eagle, goldfinch, house finch, red tail hawk, shinned hawk, great blue heron, mallards, mourning dove, nuthatch, song sparrow, tuffed titmouse, wild turkey, red-headed woodpecker, Canada geese, swan, red-wing Blackbird.

Other Wildlife: Ants, Coyote, fox, mouse, chipmunk. opossum, raccoon, skunk, rabbit, black and grey squirrel, deer, ants, winter moths.

We hope you will add to the list by emailing your wildlife sightings to:

Find out more about our Wildlife in Newsletter 51

Get a PDF of our last BCT NEWSLETTER, or request a hard copy that we will mail to you!

Our 2016 edition BCT Trail Guides are now available at Town Hall, Parker's Boat Yard, the Bourne Library, Ballentine's Boat Shop or by requesting one ( or call 508-563-2884) or visit BCT TRAILS page on this web site.

Trail Meisters
More Thanks Along the Trails

There are updated signs and trail maps at Little Bay, thanks to our Trail Meisters.

The BCT has assembled a great team of Trail Meisters who oversee the care and maintenance of our trails. And as you know there are many trails. Like the rest of us, the Trail Meisters cannot be in all places at all times and cannot know what has happened on all the trails. That's where many of you come in. Thanks go out to our trail and dog walkers who notify us of problems (broken branches; downed trees, etc.); pick up and dispose of trash; carry clippers to trim new growth; and provide support to the Trail Meisters.

As always, special thanks go to our Trail Meisters: Dick Boyden, Bill Dibella, Jay Fisher, George Gillis, Don Mears, Rick Rheinhardt, Carl Wirsen, Joe Hurley, and John Woodley. The BCT would not be the same without you!

To report blow downs or other problems along the trails, please email the BCT: or call 508-563-2884

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The Bourne Conservation Trust is a private nonprofit land trust with a primary objective of acquiring land and leaving it in its natural state to: protect habitats, provide groundwater recharge, preserve rural ambiance, and make it available for recreational and educational purposes. The BCT owns and maintains over 300 acres of open space. Miles of walking trails thread their way through these protected woods and waterfront areas. The BCT is always looking for volunteers and donors to help achieve its mission and both maintain and enhance its properties.

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Bourne Conservation Trust

PO Box 203 ~ Cataumet, MA 02534-0203
Phone: (508) 563-2884
Fax: 508-564-5412
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Note: The BCT is tax exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Within IRS guidelines, contributions may be tax deductible from your taxable income. Please consult your tax advisor for more information. The BCT Tax ID Number (TIN) is: 04-2767827.

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