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September, 2010 

Welcome to the September issue of our E-news. As summer comes to a close, please enjoy the beauty and the quiet of our spectacular national park.
Protecting Park Property

It was with great pleasure that the Seashore and the Trust for Public Land officially announced the purchase of a Conservation Restriction on the 57-acre North of Highlands Campground in North Truro.The Currier family, longtime original owners, will continue to own the property and operate it as a campground. The National Park Service now holds a conservation easement preserving the continuation of camping for future generations and protecting the conservation values of the property. The 57-acre property will never be subdivided for residential development. The preservation of the campground provides a place for families to summer in Truro and enjoy the natural beauty of the Outer Cape.

Conservation easements are voluntary, legally binding agreements with private landowners that limit some uses on properties and protect the ecological or open-space attributes of the land. Because of the many acres of privately held land within the Park, this is an ideal way for owners to retain ownership of their land and be assured that their properties cannot be subdivided or developed in the future.  The property owner and future generations can continue the present use, but not be taxed at the property's highest use. For more information on how this process works go to the Trust for Public Land.
Outer Cape Chorale Concert

The Outer Cape Chorale Chamber Singers presented another stirring concert at Salt Pond Visitor Center on August 26.  Led by John Arterton, this Provincetown group of twenty sang a mix of standards, songs of the sea, Cape Cod songs and other melodies.  A crowd of over 100 enjoyed this annual free offering from Friends.

Seal Education Team

The storms of the week-end of August 21 washed out the sandbar at High Head and brought the activities of the new volunteer Seal Education Team (SET) to a halt. The hundreds of gray seals who rested there daily during low tides lost their spot, but the disappearance of the sandbar also meant that the animals were no longer in danger from human access from the shore.

The SET project was deemed a huge success, however, as volunteers met with 50-200 visitors daily during the several weeks that the seals were in residence. Visitors expressed gratitude for the information and education that our volunteers were able to provide, and news is that the experience will provide many youngsters with fodder for that "What I Did Last Summer" school exercise.

Everyone connected with SET will be watching for new sandbar formation next spring so they can be ready to help again with the protection of these wonderful marine mammals.
The Hurricane That Wasn't

Everyone was ready.  The beaches were barricaded to prevent access.  Lifeguard stands were packed away. Extra water and canned food were stored.  Flashlights were handy. Outdoor furniture was tied down. Then Earl got cold and tired, provided some needed rain and moved away.  So Labor Day Week-end turned bright and sunny and the beaches filled and everyone had a good time.  Thanks, Earl.