Property Map

Properties

The Foundation currently owns and maintains 8,858 acres which is nearly 1/3 of Nantucket. That acreage is divided up among 213 properties with the largest being approximately 3,200 acres (Middle Moors) and the smallest being less than 1/10 of an acre (Larsen Park). Over 75% of our holdings were generously given to the Foundation by over two hundred donors.

Location Total
Acres
Details
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Coatue

390
The sandy arm that comprises the northern boundary of Nantucket Harbor, the Coatue Wildlife Refuge contains over 390 acres of barrier beach that shelters the harbor from the Sound. It is home to numerous rare plants and birds as well some of the best beaches on the island.
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Eel Point

100
An important nesting habitat and one of the best areas on Nantucket to view shorebirds, this beautiful beach property is located on the northwest corner of the island. A combination of rolling dunes, saltwater lagoons and tidal pool make this an excellent place for both children and adults to explore.
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Head of the Plains

446
One of the best examples of sandplain grassland in the world, the Head of the Plains near Madaket contains 446 acres of sandplain grasslands, shrub thickets, wetlands, woodlands and one off the most beautiful beaches on the southern shore. The area is also an excellent place to see hawks and other birds of prey hunting.
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Little Neck

23
The Foundation’s 23-acre property at Little Neck provides an oasis of open space just outside the village of Madaket.
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Madequecham and Tom Nevers

2150
A pastoral area with an excellent surf beach, the Foundation owns over 2,100 acres in the southeastern portion of Nantucket that contain some very unique geological features and natural communities. It was also an important settlement for early Native Americans.
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Masquetuck

13.5
A hidden jewel with uplands and marsh, the Masquetuck Reservation borders West Polpis Harbor and contains a diverse collection of natural areas including grassy meadows, shoreline communities, salt marshes, freshwater bogs, shrublands, and hardwood forests.
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Middle Moors

3220
The largest of the Foundation’s holdings, the 3,200 acre Middle Moors is actually comprised of more than 30 contiguous parcels ranging from 3 to 861 acres. Although the unique plants, animals and geologic features of the Middle Moors are relatively abundant here, many of them are rare to this region of the country and even the world.
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Milestone Cranberry Bog

195
Once the largest contiguous cranberry bog in the world, the Milestone Bog is home to the Foundation’s extensive cranberry operations. One of the island’s oldest continually operated farms, Nantucket’s agricultural traditions continue as nearly 2 million pounds of cranberries are produced every year at Milestone.
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Nantucket Field Station

110
One of the Foundation’s most recent acquisitions, this 110 acre parcel provides pristine examples of harbor beach, scrub thicket, freshwater ponds and salt marshes. Many native and rare wildlife species utilize the habitats for feeding and breeding.
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Norwood Farm

131
OUR NEWEST PROPERTY! At the doorstep of Altar Rock and the Middle Moors lies one of the most naturally beautiful and ecologically rich areas of the island. The rolling hills, forested uplands, fresh water ponds and vast grasslands are distinctly and unmistakably “Nantucket”.
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Sanford Farm & Ram Pasture

780
One of our most popular properties, these 780 acres close to town are comprised of grasslands, forests and beachfront that have a rich cultural history and provide habitat for many species of rare plants and animals. There are more than six miles of trails for visitors to enjoy and explore.
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Sconset Dump

331
This rarely visited 331 acre wetland area south of Milestone Road in Sconset is home to multiple species of rare and endangered plants.
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Squam Farm

210
The home of our sheep herd and a beautiful area to walk, the rolling countryside and woodlands are reminiscent of areas in northern New England. The 210 acres of the Farm are directly contiguous with the Foundation’s 294 acre Squam Swamp property to the north.
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Squam Swamp

A lush wooded area with diverse habitats, Squam Swamp consists of hardwood forests, freshwater bogs, shrub swamps, grassy meadows, and vernal pools. The 1.75 mile trail is well marked and has numbered posts keyed to our interpretive map.
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Tupancy Links

73
With wide vistas and an easy to follow trail, Tupancy Links provides visitors with a wonderful oasis of open space just minutes from Main Street. While being a designated conservation area, the property is very popular with dog owners who bring their canine companions to the 73 acres for their daily exercise and socialization.
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Windswept Cranberry Bog

241
In addition to the 37 acres of organically farmed cranberry bogs, the Windswept area is also home to Stump Pond and the unique area of hardwoods surrounding it. Trails around Stump Pond wind through groves of Sassafras and Tupelo and visitors are likely to see abundant waterfowl on the pond.
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Other Properties

While the Foundation strives to acquire large, contiguous pieces of land to protect valuable habitats, there are numerous, smaller parcels that are important to the organization’s mission of preserving and protecting the Island’s open spaces