Foundation Offer Spurs Tidmarsh Farms Campaign
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon continues to close in on its goal of raising $3.6 million by June 30 to secure land for a new wildlife sanctuary at Tidmarsh Farms, a former 600-acre cranberry operation in Plymouth.
The statewide conservation organization has already raised $3 million and, thanks to an anonymous foundation, all new donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $350,000.
Collaborating with partners including far-sighted and innovative owners, state and federal environmental agencies, and the Town of Plymouth, Mass Audubon is working to develop a wildlife sanctuary on more than 479 acres of the Tidmarsh Farms property. The sanctuary will encourage visitors to experience an evolving landscape of restoration and renewal, where a free-running stream and surrounding wetlands and woodlands succeed century-old cranberry bogs.
“We are exceedingly grateful for this very generous matching gift program offered by a well-respected foundation,” Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton said. “It’s gratifying that so many people share our vision for a wildlife sanctuary in Plymouth, and we’re confident this substantial match opportunity will encourage even more donors and supporters."
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.