Open Space

Open SpaceWe think of Martha's Vineyard as a green Island. The efforts of the Martha's Vineyard Commission, the Island towns, the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank, and a variety of non-profit organizations have been quite successful in preserving the Island's open spaces and character, despite the Vineyard's enormous growth over the past generation

However, more than 40% of the open space we take for granted on the Vineyard could be developed. Favorite vistas could be blocked, wild stretches of tree-canopied rural roads could become rows of houses with front lawns, and farm fields could become subdivisions. Over time, areas of open land still large enough to support a rich population of plants and animals could become so fragmented – with a road here, a house and lawn there – as to threaten their biodiversity, and especially the survival of rare species. We need to better protect the remaining open spaces, vistas, farms, and habitat; we can also go a long way towards restoring areas that have been compromised.

This section includes several subtopics.


Adam Turner, Executive Director
508-693-3453 extension 111


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Office location:

The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

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Martha's Vineyard Commission
P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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