Mashpee is fortunate to have a significant resource of ecological assets. Home to the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge, a multi-proprietor expanse of open space that was brought to fruition under the guidance and driving force of then Selectman George Costa. Mashpee, in 2008 funded the acquisition of the Camp Vinhaven Property demonstrating the town’s ongoing commitment to the preservation and enhancement of the refuge. The ongoing acquisition of parcels within the defined Reserve Boundary is an understanding among the existing reserve participants formed at its creation.
Mashpee property owners have long supported environment protecting measures to enhance everyone’s quality of life. Their actions continue to protect the Town’s semi-rural character, provide excellent potable water supplies, walking trails, vistas, fresh and salt water beaches and boat launching facilities.
Individuals driving through our town on a numbered route have no idea about the many features Mashpee contains. While the skeptic may think of all Cape Cod as “Sand and Scrub Oak”, we who know Mashpee have a much different view. We are abundantly aware of the fresh, salt and brackish waters with their recreational and harvesting attributes. We know the capture and taste delights from many fin-fishing and shell-fishing accessible locations. Our residents and visitors have walked the trails, enjoyed our surface waters, explored the “Pine Barrens, learned, by viewing Cedar Swamps, Frost Valleys, Wetlands, scenic vistas and many other environmental features that contribute to the richness of the town. Our freshwater beaches are noted on the Ponds and Streams page, salt beaches are on the Estuaries page.
We invite you to explore the Mashpee we know and respect. We believe the trip will be informative and beneficial.