of community is the most fundamental asset of a small town.
sense of place, of community, is what first brought my family
and me to Carlisle 32 years ago. Today that sense of place is
defined by Carlisle's rural character and requires a balance of
open space and development. Community character and its components
-- beautiful vistas, historic houses, the town center, our history
and our culture -- depend more than ever on partnerships among
organizations with complementary goals.
year the Community Preservation Act (CPA) has provided a focus and
a platform for planning and achieving joint ventures. Balanced development
logically makes partners of conservation, recreation, affordable
housing and historic preservation. Along with Carlisle Affordable
Housing Inc, Carlisle Recreation Trust, and Carlisle Historical
Society, we educated voters on the provisions and benefits of the
CPA, and an enthusiastic vote of approval was the result.
are not new to CCF. In the past we have teamed with the Concord
Land Trust and the Trustees of Reservations to enlarge the Estabrook
Woods. CCF worked closely with the town in purchasing the cornfields
on Curve Street. This year we partnered with the Concord Land
Trust, Concord Natural Resources Commission and Minuteman National
Park to investigate intensive sheep grazing as a land management
tool. CCF funded the sheep-grazing project on town-owned Towle
Field as well as on our own Spenser Brook Reservation.
the years CCF has been a partner with many landowners in Carlisle.
Gifts of land have been received, and we now watch over and maintain
144 acres in Carlisle. We assist in the placing of conservation
restrictions and hold them in perpetuity.
most important partners. however, are our members. Your
contributions have made possible the sheep grazing project, surveying
and legal assistance for conservation restrictions, legal work
for land transfers, scholarships and a new nature education program,
maintenance of our lands and the funding of land purchases. Some
of these efforts are described further in this newsletter.
this year our expenses are expected to exceed our income bv $20,000.
To reach our goal of preserving 1,000 acres of the 2,000 undeveloped
acres in Carlisle we must have funds in reserve both for new initiatives
and to cover our ongoing program expenses. CCF needs your new
or renewed membership, and we encourage you to make a larger donation
this year to help us cover our shortfall.
family loves Carlisle and its beginnings as a simple farming community.
Now it is up to all of us to contribute to maintaining Carlisle's
sense of community and its small town character. Thank you for
your partnership in this crucial effort.
Arthur N. Milliken, President
Please consider increasing your tax-deductible contribution to
CCF. Our board has generously offered to match every additional
dollar you contribute over your last gift to CCF. As a private,
nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, every penny
of your gift of $50, $100, or $1,000 goes directly to our work.