Mark H. Robinson, executive director of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, will be the speaker at the Oyster Pond Environmental Trust’s (OPET) annual meeting on Thursday, August 14, at 7 PM. He will talk about “Land Conservation on the Cape in the 21st Century.” The meeting and talk will be at the Sea Education Association auditorium at 171 Woods Hole Road.
Mr. Robinson has served as executive director of the compact since its inception in 1986. The compact provides technical assistance to 22 local and regional land trusts operating on Cape Cod, including landowner negotiations, fundraising, land management and state/municipal coordination on open space projects. He has completed more than 500 land preservation projects in Massachusetts. The US Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged his work with a lifetime achievement award in 2009.
The compact is assisting OPET with the purchase of 22 acres of wetlands, woodlands, pond shoreline and vernal pools in the Quissett area. This land is the largest remaining undeveloped property in the Oyster Pond watershed and will link together OPET’s Zinn Park with Spohr Garden, creating 34 acres of contiguous open space.
The public is welcome to attend. OPET is a nonprofit dedicated to conserving and protecting the natural environment and ecological systems of Oyster Pond in Falmouth.