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February-March, 2011 

It has not been all that quiet this winter. Exciting news! We have been selected by the National Park Foundation (NPF) to participate in its Park Partner Project.  Only one Friends group from each of the seven National Park System regions was chosen. The year-long pilot project will include intensive study of our organization, identify our primary needs, and help us become a more sustainable and effective partner of the Seashore. Our selection includes a matching grant from NPF of up to $5000. We will keep you informed as this interesting project unfolds.

Dick Spokes, President  
New  Exhibit at Salt Pond
 Lobby display at Salt Pond

Since the renovation of Salt Pond Visitor Center in 2004, the lobby has been without a central display. A shiny new map of our beloved Cape with explanatory panels is being installed now.  Come visit and celebrate the 50th!!

Ballston Beach Restoration


FCCNS has joined a consortium with Cape Cod National Seashore and several Truro agencies to address the recent severe storm erosion at Ballston Beach. The Truro Coastal Restoration Partnership is raising funds to purchase native dune grass and will organize local volunteers to do the planting and install fencing along this gorgeous ocean beach.

 Ballston Beach

Sand overwash at Ballston Beach

Friends is coordinating contributions for the project and will assist with the planting. Those wishing to help underwrite this effort may send checks to FCCNS, PO Box 550, Wellfleet, MA 02667, with a memo citing the Ballston Restoration. You may also donate via the Network for Good Button in the left margin, and put Ballston as the designation.  

Old Harbor Campaign

The campaign for Old Harbor Life-Saving Station continues to raise funds for the furnishings for this beautiful old building. To date pledges have passed $113,000. The Furnishings Committee is continuing to acquire articles that will add to the aura of the station when it reopens in early May.


Chair for Old Harbor

Old Harbor chair built by Gristmill Gallery

With a grant from the Prospect

Hill Foundation, the Mess

Room is being furnished with an ash table and chairs that are being faithfully reproduced by a local craftsman, Mike Panaccione of the Gristmill Gallery in Eastham.  


Our goal is $180,000 and 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 to FCCNS-OH and send to our address below.