About the Childs River Estuary
The potential to add another piece in the protection of Waquoit Bay prompted the state to purchase two abutting properties on Childs River, which flows into the bay. The 18.6 acres of riverfront marsh, bog and upland are owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and managed as part of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The parcels are within the boundaries of the state Area of Critical Environmental Concern for Waquoit Bay..
While the bulk of the funding for these acquisitions from Ed Govoni of Dream Developers and the McGuire family came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, local support was provided by The 300 Committee, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, and the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc. The state purchased the McGuire property in 2001 and Govoni in 2002.
This conservation land is south of Carriage Shop Road, off Parsons Lane.