In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed legislation that established the Cape Cod National Seashore. 44,000 acres that includes the untamed shoreline of the Atlantic Coast, dunes that yield to heathland, marshes, woods and ponds were designated as a national park for public use. The beautiful towns of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown with their histories tied to the sea lie within the Seashore. The inclusion of these towns was a departure from the typical National Park model that previously created Parks from publicly owned or donated land.
Since 1978, Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore (FCCNS), a not-for-profit charitable organization (501 c 3), has supported the National Seashore, which operates under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service by raising funds for specific projects. FCCNS was incorporated in Massachusetts on March 1, 1987as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax exempt as provided by law.
18’-19’ Board of Directors
Patricia Ryder – President
Darin Krum – First Vice President
Warren Mumford – Second Vice President
Donna Cary – Treasurer
Jane Fischer – Clerk
Pat Canavan (Past President)
Jim McDowell (Communications)
Patty Shannon (Volunteer Coordinator)
Robin Slack (Membership/Summer Programs)
A Message From The Superintendent
Superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore
During my 30-year career with the National Park Service from laborer, recreation planner, and natural resource manager to superintendent and legislative affairs specialist, I’ve come to understand the importance of groups like Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore. From the earliest days of our National Park System, philanthropists have made national parks better places by helping to preserve resources and provide for public enjoyment, fundamental elements of the National Park Service mission.
Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore provides vital support in a myriad of ways.
When you walk a well-maintained trail, chances are, a Friends volunteer is keeping vegetation trimmed back. History comes alive in Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, as you are transported back to 1902, thanks to furnishings provided by the Friends. When you marvel at the fresh paint and repairs to the Captain Penniman House, thank Friends. For those who love Eastham’s Red Maple Swamp trail, a Friends campaign helped fund trail repairs following a five-year closure.
In 2017, Friends turned its attention to ponds, completing a successful campaign to raise $20,000 for improvements around ponds to continue to provide recreation opportunities, but in ways that protect fragile pond resources including water quality.
A more ambitious goal is on the horizon: raising $75,000 to repair the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail in Welfleet. If you’ve walked this trail, you know of its mysterious and fairy-tale like beauty.
In short, Friends’ members are a dedicated corps of people who have taken the important next step from being a visitor to being a steward to help ensure that park resources are protected and we all continue to have the opportunity to enjoy this special place.
Excerpted/edited from “Discover the Seashore” Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore magazine, 2018 issue