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Land Conservation in Buzzards Bay

Below is a comparative summary table of the amount of protected open space among the principal Buzzards Bay watershed communities.

Land Conservation in Buzzards Bay Municipalities - January 2004

Protection Mechanism Fall River Westport Dartmouth New Bedford Fairhaven Acushnet
Private Land Trusts 570 683 2,926 0 352 376
Conservation Commission 87 259 1,897 81 345 236
Water Department 4,520 243 388 0 0 62
Other prot. municipal lands 17 0 308 257 0 300
Commonwealth of Mass. 4,710 767 1,396 1,316 393 0
Agric. Preserv. Restrictions 0 1,570 1,113 0 0 0
Total Protected Acres 9,904 3,522 8,028 1,654 1,090 974
Total Town Acreage 24,758 33,495 39,571 12,943 8,017 12,111
% in Perm. Conservation 40% 11% 20% 13% 14% 8%
Protection Mechanism Mattapoisett Rochester Marion Wareham Bourne Falmouth
Private Land Trusts 317 562 670 638 316 340
Conservation Commission 46 225 190 192 788 1,725
Water Department 195 890 86 446 475 0
Other prot. municipal lands 4 122 146 182 307 84
Commonwealth of Mass. 1,411 1,195 513 423 10,329 2,271
Agric. Preserv. Restrictions 0 284 0 0 78 0
Total Protected Acres 1,973 3,278 1,605 1,881 12,008 4,420
Total Town Acreage 11,173 23,111 9,074 23,940 16,480 29,698
% in Perm. Conservation 18% 14% 18% 8% 73% 15%


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