Mattapoisett Land Trust’s 50 Years

Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation, Education, and Collaboration

To honor a milestone anniversary, we have fun programs and events planned throughout the whole year. A hiking challenge, a birthday party, new merchandise, and more to come. Join in the fun!

Hike50 Challenge

Challenge yourself to hike 50 miles of trails throughout the Tri-Town! Hikes must be completed between May 1st 2024 until August 31st 2024 to complete the challenge. Hit the trails and see for yourself the benefits of 50 years of land conservation by Mattapoisett Land Trust, plus check out the trails maintained by our neighboring land trusts!

Completing the challenge will earn you a free special anniversary edition MLT baseball hat, 50th anniversary stickers, and a complementary 1-year membership.

Download the mileage tracker here:

    50th Birthday Celebration

    Join us for a birthday bash on June 30th at the Munro Preserve to celebrate our 50th! 

    Keep an eye on this page and on social media for more details to come about the party!

    Anniversary Merchandise

    We are working hard to design some special edition anniversary merchandise this year, and we can’t wait for you to see it! Check back here for updates and sneak peaks as we finalize our designs.


    We need all of your support to make our next 50 years as great as the first. Become a member today!

    Membership dues are the primary source that Mattapoisett Land Trust operates on from year to year. Your dues allow us to maintain our trails and parks, to support education opportunities, to provide free public programs for the community, and keep important spaces free from overdevelopment.

    Click here and JOIN NOW.

    It’s nearly impossible to summarize all that has happened in the first 50 years of work by Mattapoisett Land Trust – but we will try! Here are some hallmark moments that helped shape what our organization has become today:

    1974: Founding of Mattapoisett Land Trust by original board members, David W. Hewitt, George B. Mock, Bradford A. Hathaway, Donald J. Fleming, Norma E. Hewitt, Priscilla A. Hathaway, Violet Jones, Frances Pernas, Larry Seidl, Lorraine Seidl, and Isabella Watts.

    1974: In October, with the land donation by Joan M. Woodcock, the Woodcock Preserve becomes the first 20 acres protected by the land trust.

    1975: Ruth B. Munro donated the Munro Preserve in December, saving a spectacular viewscape of Mattapoisett Harbor from the posibility of being developed.

    1988: As willed by Henry Dunseith, the trust received the Dunseith Gardens property, turning what was a gift shop into a public park and preserving the 40-foot seahorse sculpture known as ‘Salty the Seahorse.’

    1993: In October, Ruth Martocci donated nearly 100 acres of land, creating the basis of what exists as the Old Aucoot District today. This is the single largest gift of land the land trust has ever received.

    1996: In the fall, the first Heron Newsletter was created and distributed, beginning the biannual dispatch of land trust news to members.

    2004: The land trust’s Education Committee is established in earnest, funded by a generous endowment for environmental education made by Edith and Eliot Shoolman.

    2007: In November, 100-acres of coastal forest and saltmarsh were acquired from the Walega and Livingstone families, adding to existing holdings and growing what today is the 165-acre Brandt Island Cove District.

    2022: Mattapoisett Land Trust hires their first ever full-time paid staff member.

    2024: A milestone year marking the 50th anniversary of Mattapoisett Land Trust!

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    Celebrating 50 years of conservation, education, and collaboration