In 1974, with growing concerns worldwide about the quality of the environment, eleven citizens of Mattapoisett, concerned about the rate of development in the town as well as its effects on native flora and fauna, formed a non-profit organization with three primary goals:
To acquire and preserve natural resources and wildlife areas for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations
To educate the public about the wise use of natural resources
To work with other organizations having similar purposes
The deed, like many that would later transfer property to the Land Trust, included a restriction that the land be used only for conservation purposes “in perpetuity”.
After over forty years, and with the contributions of hundreds of Mattapoisett residents and visitors, the Mattapoisett Land Trust now holds properties totaling more than 900 acres.