Buzzards Bay to Benefit from Land-Conservation Project

Public access to Nasketucket Bay and the Nasketucket Reservation in Mattapoisett will be increased. Photo/Buzzards Bay Coalition
Public access to Nasketucket Bay and the Nasketucket Reservation in Mattapoisett will be increased. Photo/Buzzards Bay Coalition

The Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) have announced the completion of the Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation Project, which permanently protects 410 acres of land surrounding Nasketucket Bay in the towns Fairhaven and Mattapoisett. It is the largest land-conservation project on the shores of Buzzards Bay in 25 years.

Protection of the land will helps protect clean water in Nasketucket Bay, one of the healthiest parts of Buzzards Bay. With extensive eelgrass meadows, abundant fish and shellfish and a diversity of birds, Nasketucket Bay is a popular destination for recreational and commercial fishing, along with canoeing, kayaking and swimming. The project adds to more than 1,000 acres of land already protected as part of the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation and other conservation areas.

Buzzards Bay to Benefit from Land-Conservation Project
SAT map of area.

The project also significantly increases outdoor recreation opportunities in the area, nearly doubling the size of the DCR’s Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. A trail link from the popular Phoenix/Mattapoisett Bike Path will be added to the reservation, along with links to the Mariner Soccer Complex, Nasketucket Woods, Austin Pond and the East Fairhaven School. Lastly, the project permanently protects 200 acres of active farmland, which helps preserve the community’s rural character, vistas and scenic beauty.

The project protects land in the towns of Fairhaven and Mattapoisett. It includes the acquisition of 210 acres of forest and coastal wetlands and places a conservation restriction, limiting development on 200 acres of farmland. The project, which took over four years to complete, cost more than $6 million.

To learn more about boating on Nasketucket Bay and the Nasketucket land-conservation project, watch the following short video.

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