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December, 2010-January, 2011 
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Welcome to the fiftieth birthday year of the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Both the park and Friends have plans for celebrating this important milestone. Keep watching our e-news, The Shore, our website and the local press for upcoming events.

Buttonbush Trail Upgrade   


Ivan Ace, Nat Goddard and Betsy Richards helped Interpretive Ranger Sue Haley install six concrete animal track displays along Buttonbush Trail near Salt Pond.

Work at Buttonbush

Nat Goddard and Sue Haley working on Buttonbush

Each circular concrete 'block' contains the imprints of both feet of an animal commonly found in the woods of the Seashore's trail.  These animal track displays are part of a new educational program on Buttonbush Trail that encourages children and adults to explore and learn about the kinds of living creatures who inhabit the water, ground, shrubs and trees here.  A new trail brochure will be available to explain the program to visitors.

Old Harbor Campaign

The Old Harbor Life-Saving Station is closed for the winter, but the work to furnish this building is ongoing and making great progress. Pledges are approaching $100,000 toward our goal of $180,000, and contributions continue to come in weekly.  The crew's quarters are nearing completion, with blankets and pillows provided at cost by Snow's of Orleans. 

A period telephone was donated by a local resident.  Books from the late 1800's have been donated by two families. Chairs for the mess room are being fabricated by a local artisan.  The list goes on and will continue to grow with help from all our members and those who value the history of Cape Cod.

When the station opens next summer, it will be rededicated as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. 

We are very happy to accept donations of any amount. Click on the Network for Good button in the left margin and put Old Harbor in the designation line, or write a check made out to FCCNS-OH and send to PO Box 550, Wellfleet, MA  02667. 

Friends Help with Winter Work

Several members of Friends have been working weekly with Park staff to cut and pile brush in preparation for planned controlled burns that will occur later this winter.  

Chainsaw work

Trails Coordinator Carl Sylvester working with Dave Crary

Sites of the work have been Pilgrim Heights, Doane Rock, Penniman House and the Whitlock property. You don't need to lift a chainsaw to help; both men and women are welcome to collect and pile the brush. Contact Friends Volunteer Coordinator if you'd like to join this crew.