The Mattapoisett Land Trust, Inc. (MLT), formed in 1974, preserves land to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations of Mattapoisett residents and visitors. MLT presently protects over 700 acres including forests, meadows, wetlands, salt marsh, vernal pools, beaches and barrier islands. MLT properties are valuable as habitat for many wildlife species, and all help preserve Mattapoisett’s scenic rural character. All MLT lands are open for public use, and many include trails and other improvements. MLT strongly supports environmental education through sponsorship of programs in Mattapoisett’s elementary, middle and senior high schools as well as occasional public lectures and programs.
The Mattapoisett Land Trust is a 501c(3) non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our members include over 300 individuals and families. MLT is staffed entirely by volunteers, and led by a volunteer Board of Directors.
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path is an all-volunteer non-profit 501c3 organization, working since 1999 to complete Mattapoisett’s portion of the federally funded South Coast Bikeway. We fund raise, provide information and generate support for Mattapoisett’s Rail Trail. We network with local communities to support their pathway initiatives.
In addition, we make information available to the public, plan events to support the project, assist the Bike Path Committee in their planning process where appropriate and assist the Town in paying for design and maintenance. Over the years, due to the generosity of our members, we have raised and contributed more than $60,000 to the project.
In 2017, we hope to reach these milestones:
Mattapoisett Center to Fairhaven connection: Bidding and construction start for the one mile segment between Mattapoisett Neck Road and Depot Street, and
Mattapoisett to Marion connection: Kickoff capital campaign to pave one-half mile of bike path that will link Industrial Drive to Marion’s 3.5 mile bike path, which is scheduled for 2020.