In late June 2019, Mass Audubon received a 2.5-acre property located on Cuttyhunk Island.
If you're not familiar with Cuttyhunk, you are in good company. The island is a little-known gem of coastal Massachusetts. Specifically, it's the last—and smallest—of the Elizabeth Island chain just northwest of Martha's Vineyard.
The island is about two miles from end to end. There is one small, picturesque community named Gosnold, comprised of mostly summer residents. But the vast majority of the island is still undeveloped.
The newly-protected Mass Audubon land sits at the very western tip of Cuttyhunk, hence the reason we've been calling it "The West End."
This little piece of land at the edge of the world is a lovely bit of sand, rock, and grass by the sea. A perfect place to stare out at the ocean on a summer day. It contains some of the highest bluffs on the island, and the shoreline offers a wonderful view of Martha’s Vineyard from a piece of rare coastal habitat.
This property is part of a generous bequest made by conservation-minded Muriel Ponzecchi to Mass Audubon in order to protect the places on Cuttyhunk Island that she held so dear.
The West End parcel is actually phase two of her bequest. The first phase was a Conservation Restriction on roughly nine acres called "Bayberry Hill," which occurred in 2017. We hope to conclude phase three in the coming year, so stay tuned for more land protection news from Cuttyhunk!