Collaborative Organizations and Friends
There are several different organizations and agencies that share a common interest in the protection and preservation of Nantucket's natural resources. All have similar aims; many have similar names.
Each individual and group is beneficial to all of us who care about our special Island. However, the similarities between different groups are often the source of great confusion. It is all too easy to believe that you have contributed to and participated in a program of specific importance to you, only to find that your support has been used for a different purpose.
The following is a listing of the various other organizations, friends and agencies who share with the Foundation the common goal of preserving the Nantucket of today for future generations.
Daniel Sutherland Photography
Our most sincere thanks to Daniel for his excpetional photography featured throughout the Foundation's website.
Maria Mitchell Association
Two Vestal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
This membership-supported, nonprofit organization maintains an excellent science library, a natural science museum, a small aquarium, and two astronomical observatories. Also, it sponsors research and interpretive programs, which include nature walks, children's programs, and lectures.
Massachusetts Audubon Society
Headquarters located at:
South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
Not to be confused with the National Audubon Society, this state-wide group is one of the nation's oldest and most respected conservation organizations. On Nantucket, it owns sanctuaries on Hummock Pond and Sesachacha Pond, and conducts various research projects involving Nantucket's bird, plant, and animal populations. It is a nonprofit organization supported by membership dues and donations.
Town of Nantucket Conservation Commission
37 Washington Street, Nantucket
The Commission is a town agency funded by monies appropriated annually by the taxpayers of Nantucket. its primary concern is the enforcement of state and local wetlands regulations. It is also involved in the acquisition of wetlands and beach areas for the public benefit.
Nantucket Garden Club
Post Office Box 627, Nantucket, MA 02554
The Garden Club is a nonprofit organization that sponsors educational and horticultural projects for the benefit of Nantucket. The Club annually sponsors a horticultural scholarship for graduates of Nantucket High School. It is also involved in civic and conservation activities, and regularly cooperates with and supports other groups that protect Nantucket's natural resources.
Nantucket Heathlands Partnership
This informal coalition of conservation interests was organized in 1993 when the Nantucket Civic League initiated a fund raising and educational campaign to promote public support for coastal heathland and sandplain grassland management efforts. The Partnership's largely volunteer crew conducts prescribed burns in Nantucket's conservation lands to control the encroachment of trees and shrubs, thus perpetuating habitat for many rare species of plants and animals.
Nantucket Islands Land Bank Commission
22 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Formed by an act of the state legislature in 1984, this town agency is charged with the responsibility of administering funds derived from a 2% tax on all real estate transactions. The Land Bank works independently and in conjunction with other organizations to acquire and preserve open space and recreational lands for public use. To-date, it has acquired more than 2,134 acres.
Nantucket Land Council, Inc.
6 Ash Lane
Post Office Box 502, Nantucket, MA 02554
This nonprofit, membership-supported environmental interest group sponsors research on water quality, rare species, long-range planning designed to minimize the potentially deleterious effects of projected island population growth, and other projects of a similar nature.
The Nature Conservancy
Massachusetts Chapter headquarters located at:
79 Milk Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02109
An international membership-supported organization, The Nature Conservancy's mission is "to preserve plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive." The Conservancy has designated Nantucket as one of forty "Last Great Places," and is involved in establishing and maintaining a Geographic Information System database of the island's natural resources for use by conservation organizations and government agencies.
The Sconset Trust, Inc.
15 McKinley Avenue, Siasconset, MA 02564
The Trust is a nonprofit, Massachusetts-chartered corporation that was formed in 1984. It is supported by membership dues and contributions, and seeks to acquire and manage parcels of land in and around the Village of Siasconset for conservation purposes. Cooperation to the fullest extent possible with other conservation and environmental groups is also a primary aim.
The Trustees of Reservations
Headquarters located at:
572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915
A membership-supported, nonprofit organization, the Trustees' interests are state-wide. It was established in 1891 by the state legislature. On Nantucket, The Trustees is supported through the efforts of the Friends of Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, its local fund-raising unit. The Trustees own properties at Great Point, Coskata, and Coatue. Also, they manage and conduct research regarding endangered shorebirds that nest on Nantucket's beaches.
University of Massachusetts Nantucket Field Station
180 Polpis Road, Nantucket, MA 02554
This is a research and educational facility of the state university system that offers undergraduate courses utilizing the Island as a natural science laboratory. The Field Station also provides facilities and technical support for research projects conducted by other universities and conservation groups. While the property is not open to the public, the Station's permanent staff is always interested in meeting with visiting investigators whose interests include marine biology, coastal plant communities, coastal geology, and other topics regarding the Island's natural history. Such meetings can be arranged by calling the Director at the telephone number listed above.