The Chatham Conservation Foundation, Inc. (CCF) preserves land for the benefit of the people, plants, animals, and ecosystems of Chatham.


It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the purpose of acquiring land, by gift or purchase, to be preserved in its natural state in perpetuity. It was the first private land trust on Cape Cod when it received its charter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1962. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and supported by a dues-paying membership. An annual meeting of the membership is held generally on the first week in August in Chatham.


The Foundation maintains three walking trails for public use on its property and provides a trail map of these areas. The Foundation also owns the Josiah Mayo House at 540 Main Street. Built between 1818 and 1820, the house is located in Chatham center and operates as the Foundation's headquarters.

Barclays Pond, Chatham, MA

Barclays Pond   Photo by Tina Delaney


Chatham’s inspiring landscapes will be permanently preserved to sustain generations of residents and visitors. We envision more preserved open space that balances the protection of wildlife and the environment with greater public access. Plants and animals will have the habitat they need to thrive.


In order to accomplish all of the above, we envision the Chatham Conservation Foundation as an economically sustainable, financially secure organization with an endowment that enables the organization to respond when land protection opportunities arise.