Trustees Take Ownership of Old Brickyard in Chilmark

The 18-acre north shore Chilmark property was gifted to the Trustees of Reservations this summer through an estate of the Harris family. The conservation group plans to open the property to the public next year.

Some Fee Hikes Approved for OSVs at Norton Point Beach

Fees are going up for over-sand vehicle permits, as the Trustees of Reservations work to enhance stewardship and generate more revenue for the fragile barrier beach. The county commission approved hikes to annual permits, but held off on approval for daily pass increases.

Wander Wasque

The Trustees of Reservations invite you to check out the dynamic landscape around Wasque from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. Meet on the Chappaquiddick side of the Chappy ferry by 1:45 p.m. for a ride to the site.

Winter Walks In Rare Habitats

Landowners open their properties to the Trustees once a year and now is your chance to see spectacular and rare Vineyard habitats.

Walk and Read

There is a new StoryWalk at Long Point Wildlife Refuge in West Tisbury.

Winter Walks in Special Places

The Trustees of Reservations invite you to explore some of the unique properties around Martha’s Vineyard with a series of winter walks.

Out of Studio, Into Outdoors, Artists Capture Trustees Properties on Canvas

Chris Kennedy, Martha’s Vineyard superintendent for The Trustees of Reservations, has spent the past 25 years touring Trustees properties on the Island. He’s seen Wasque, Mytoi, Norton Point and Long Point in all seasons and all types of weather, watching the landscapes shift and transform over time.

Trustees Appoint New Chappy Overseer

Sarah Mello Trudel of Oak Bluffs has been named superintendent of the Chappaquiddick properties of The Trustees of Reservations.

Mrs. Trudel will succeed David F. Belcher, who leaves the job after 19 years on May 11.

The announcement was made Monday by Chris Kennedy, Islands regional director for The Trustees of Reservations.

The Trustees own some 784 acres on Chappaquiddick, including Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge, Wasque Reservation and Mytoi, a Japanese garden founded many years ago by the late Mary Wakeman.

Shorebirds Are Nesting: Check for Beach Closures

Shorebirds nest on our beaches every year. As of June 23, The Trustees of Reservations were monitoring three piping plover nests on the Elbow, three pairs of recently hatched piping plover chicks on Leland Beach, and two large colonies of least, common and roseate terns on Norton Point Beach Edgartown.

As required by state and federal regulation, The Trustees are monitoring these nests and chicks and are providing the birds with adequate habitat to feed their young. The chicks can move around the property and are difficult to see.

Trustees Shift Focus to Seasonal Staffing

The Trustees of Reservations announced this week that a major staff restructuring will take place around the management of their Vineyard properties with a shifting emphasis toward more staffing in the summer months and less year-round.

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