August 6, 2020

Rehoboth Land Trust News

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Preserving Land
Rehoboth Land Trust. What does that mean? Our mission is to save land by assisting landowners in putting their land under conservation restrictions which will keep the land from development and misuse. We then hold the restrictions and landowners trust us to monitor and enforce the type of restrictions that they wish to put in place for now and in the future.

The same trust is given to us when land is donated directly to our organization. We will protect the gift with all our assets and expertise.

While the Rehoboth Land Trust does not have funds to purchase land, Rehoboth is fortunate to have two other land preservation organizations with whom to work in preserving land in Rehoboth.

Some time ago the town fathers saw a need to preserve our agricultural land and natural resources. A Town vote in 2007 established the Agricultural and Natural Resources Preservation Council. Funding was put in place and continued for at least one more year.

Meanwhile, several other towns were adopting a state program called the Community Preservation Act (CPA). Through a small surcharge on the local property tax which would be matched by state funds, towns could pursue much larger land preservation purchases for open space, as well as fund historic preservation, affordable housing and recreation. Rehoboth adopted the CPA in 2009 and has built funding for purchase of properties. The CPA committee attempts to leverage those funds with as many other sources as possible to further land preservation.

With all the organizations working together, we hope to continue to keep many of the special places and special character of Rehoboth available for future generations.

Join Us
To donate, visit our website, rehobothlandtrust.net or mail to P.O. Box 335, Rehoboth, MA 02769.

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