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 protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.