Still Hiking, After All These Years

I have participated in the Cross-Island Hike at least 15 times, but at 77 years old, at the end of each year’s hike I mutter: “This will be my last one.”

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Land Bank Hires New Goat Herder

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank has hired Mississippi based farmer Winston Bell as the new manager of the organization’s goat grazing program, according to land bank ecologist Julie Russell.

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Land Bank Opens James Pond Preserve

James Pond Preserve, a 13-acre parcel next to Lambert’s Cove beach in West Tisbury, opened last weekend after a long delay due to a state review process.

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Squibnocket Pond Reservation Opening Delayed

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank does not expect to fully open the Squibnocket Pond Reservation until 2025 due to the long permitting process. 

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Land Bank Insurance Premiums See Big Jump

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank is facing a significant rise in insurance premiums this year, despite a reduction in coverage.

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Land Bank Sought Preservation in 2023

Preservation efforts at Flat Point Farm topped the list of activities for the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank in 2023, followed by partnerships in affordable housing.

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Land Bank Preserves Flat Point Farm With 100-Year Lease

The long-term lease signed this fall expands the land bank’s holdings at Flat Point farm, which include a large field and pondfront property on the southern side of the farm that were protected in 2013.

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Land Bank to Open New Chappy Property

The land bank commission voted Monday to open the Caleb’s Pond Preserve, a three-acre strip of marsh and other habitat near the Chappy ferry that the land bank purchased in 2020. The opening is going forward without any of the planned waterfront access.

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Land Bank Rejects Wapatequa Wildfire Plan

The proposal would have turned a trail in the Wapatequa Woods Reservation into a “firebreak,” meant to improve vehicle accessibility at the property in case of a wildfire. Officials felt the plan didn't fit the conditions of the property.

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Historic 166-Acre Chappy Farm to be Preserved

Pimpneymouse Farm, the historic coastal farm that has graced the eastern-facing shoreline of Chappaquiddick for nearly a century, will be preserved in a joint conservation purchase by the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank and the Sheriff's Meadow Foundation.

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