Protecting and Preserving Nantucket’s Open Spaces

beach with white flowers in the foreground

One of Nantucket’s greatest attributes is our extensive amount of conservation land. Over the years, the conservation community has worked hard to protect these assets. Acquisitions in the Head of Plains, Smooth Hummocks, and Middle Moors all represent collaborative efforts to preserve these uniquely “Nantucket” open spaces.

Land Bank acquisitions represent ecologically diverse landscapes, including sandplain grassland and coastal heathland habitats which are considered globally rare and support high concentrations of endangered plant and animal species. In addition, one of the Land Bank’s primary objectives is the acquisition of waterfront
property around the island.

Beyond public access, open space is beneficial to the island in many ways:

  • Preserves the island’s natural beauty, one of its hallmark features.
  • Protects the island’s aquifer, our sole source of drinking water.
  • Creates wildlife corridors and provides habitat for a multitude of plant and animal
  • Promotes an active lifestyle by expanding trail networks across the island
  • Open space is good for the soul – as our population continues to grow, these areas provide a peaceful respite away from the chaos and commotion of everyday life.

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