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Sipson Island Trust

Donate to the Sipson Island Trust

Help SIT facilitate public access to the island and preserve its sensitive habitats. Your gift supports the work of restoring and maintaining the island’s conserved lands. 

To donate by mail to Sipson Island Trust,

download and complete the form.
Mail with your check to:

Sipson Island Trust
33 Country Lane
Brewster, MA 02631

Sipson Island Trust is a 501(c) nonprofit organization, Massachusetts.  Federal Tax Identification Number:  84-2731899
Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Thank you! We greatly appreciate your support.

We’re preserving and restoring a special island in the heart of Pleasant Bay for our community and for the health of the land and waters around us.

About Sipson Island Trust

When the opportunity to acquire Sipson Island for conservation became real, a coalition of stakeholders launched a fundraising campaign. Leading this group, the Friends of Pleasant Bay recognized the need for a dedicated organization to take ownership of the conserved island, and to manage the land for environmental values and public access. So in early 2019, a new land trust — the Sipson Island Trust (SIT) — was formed with assistance from the Friends and The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts.

SIT’s Board of Directors reflects the Trust’s intent to represent diverse stakeholders in Orleans and the greater Pleasant Bay community. It includes marine scientists, ecologists, educators, business owners, shellfishermen, attorneys, and representatives of land conservation organizations. 

As an organization, SIT prizes community and collaboration. We work with land trusts from the surrounding towns and with Cape-wide conservation groups to preserve and protect Sipson Island in its natural state, while finding creative, inclusive, and sustainable ways to make its treasures available to the public through passive recreation, education, and research. 

In the short time since its founding as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Sipson Island Trust has authored a Land Management & Stewardship Plan for the island, negotiated an agreement to acquire the lands it will own and manage, collaborated on developing Conservation Restrictions, and forged a partnership with the Orleans Conservation Trust, which will hold the CRs. Currently SIT is preparing to open Sipson Island to the public and has begun the work of evaluating the island’s habitats to guide future uses, while building its organizational capacity.

Want to know more about SIT and its work? Send an email to sipsonislandtrust@gmail.com  

Board of Directors

Tasia Blough (President)  Board of Directors, Friends of Pleasant Bay; former Research Specialist, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (marine science, research, education)

Bob Prescott (Vice President)  Director Emeritus, Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (coastal research, wildlife biology, education)

Dorothy Bassett   Executive Director, Chatham Conservation Foundation (conservation, education, land management)

Jay Cashman   Lessee of Strong Island, Pleasant Bay (neighbor, business owner, marine construction)

Tod Cochran   Board of Directors, Pleasant Bay Narrows Trust; partner, Pyle Rome Ehrenberg PC (labor attorney, neighbor)

Ginny Farber  Member, Orleans Conservation Commission (conservation, land management, fundraising)

Amy Henderson   Executive Director, Brewster Conservation Trust (conservation, land management)

Erin Hilley   Conservation biologist, Massachusetts Army National Guard (ecologist, consulting)

Diana Landau  Board of Trustees, Orleans Conservation Trust; owner-operator, Parlandau Communications (conservation, communications, journalism)

Owen Nichols  Director, Marine Fisheries Research, Center for Coastal Studies (marine science, fisheries research, education)

Jeff Norgeot   Owner-operator, Jeff Norgeot, Inc. (marine construction, shellfish management)

James Rosato   Commercial shellfisherman, Orleans (shellfishing, horseshoe crab research)

Maia Ward   Board of Directors, Friends of Pleasant Bay; co-owner Dempsey Marine Electronics & Electrical (business management, biology) 

Purpose Statement from Articles of Incorporation, Sipson Island Trust, Inc.

“The purpose of the Sipson Island Trust is

to protect, maintain, and restore the ecological integrity, habitats, and natural diversity on property in and near Pleasant Bay in the Towns of Orleans, Harwich, Chatham, and Brewster (located in the County of Barnstable, Commonwealth of Massachusetts), including but not limited to Sipson Island (the Properties);

to promote education, research, and public awareness of the Properties as places of environmental, historical, and community importance;

to appropriately manage the Properties’ natural resources and any improvements located thereon; to foster understanding of the Properties’ history and indigenous significance;

to support and manage public access to the Properties in a manner consistent with the purposes herein.”

copyright  2019 The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts

The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts is a 501(c) non-profit organization. Massachusetts,

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