Today, close to half of Nantucket Island is preserved as open space — a laudable accomplishment. The Nantucket Islands Land Bank is just one of several organizations, including the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, The Nantucket Land Council, The Massachusetts Audubon Society, The 'Sconset Trust and others that maintain Nantucket’s vital and pristine open spaces.
Open space is beneficial for the island in many ways. It provides areas for people to enjoy, helps to maintain habitat for hundreds of species, and helps to protect the island’s aquifer by providing ample unspoiled acreage for rain and snow water recharge — our sole source of drinking water. Open space also benefits seasonal and year-round residents of the island by helping to maintain property values and by keeping property taxes low. Several economic studies have shown that preserving open space has a positive economic impact on a given community.
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