It is welcome news that the Wheeler family in Woods Hole has donated 30 acres to the Buzzards Bay Coalition. With a conservation restriction on the property, we can be assured it will remain open space. An opportunity like that doesn’t come to Falmouth often in this day and age.

If developed, there was the potential of some 26 houses with septic systems that leach into Quissett Harbor and Buzzards Bay.

It is also welcome news that the Buzzards Bay Coalition will be the stewards of the property. The coalition will have space to provide educational programming as well as a base from which to conduct its wildlife tours.

The coalition has had a presence in Woods Hole village for a number of years now, but its new property will give it a good deal more visibility.

This is no small thing, because the coalition’s work, which is to preserve and protect the Buzzards Bay watershed, is important. It monitors water quality of the bay, educates the public, protects land in the watershed and restores damaged ecosystems. The sum of it all is to raise public awareness about natural resources in general. Greater visibility of its new Woods Hole property will add to that.

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