Mass Audubon looks for support to take over Tidmarsh Farms

Mass Audubon wants to take over Tidmarsh Farms, the nearly complete 600-acre ecological restoration project in Manomet, and turn it into its newest wildlife sanctuary.

In order to do that, they need to raise $3.6 million by next June. That’s the deadline to receive a $1 million state grant they were awarded.

In order to drum up interest in the effort, representatives of Mass Audubon led about 50 people on a tour of Tidmarsh Farms, Sunday afternoon. “There isn’t another place in Massachusetts” that’s like it, Mass Audubon Director of Land Conservation Bob Wilber said, noting both its size and its proximity to water.  Already, plants and animals have returned to what was a cranberry bog only a short while ago, said Alex Hackman of the State Division of Ecological Restoration.

A big help to acquiring the land is for Plymouth Town Meeting to approve spending $599,000 of Community Preservation Act money to purchase part of Tidmarsh Farms that sits on the west side of Beaver Dam Road at its upcoming session, Wilber said. The town is already in talks with state, federal and private groups to fund the restoration of that land, according to Plymouth Marine and Environmental Affairs Director David Gould.

Besides the $1 million grant, Wilber is optimistic about another grant. Two people have also donated $250,000 already, he added.

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