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VCS Programs & Initiatives

A sampling of what we do at the Vineyard Conservation Society!

Connect • Reflect • Protect

VCS has worked for fifty years to protect the land and water of Martha’s Vineyard. The goal of the Connect • Reflect • Protect initiative is to strengthen the bonds between our human and natural communities, such that the next half-century may be even more successful than the last.

Plastic Pollution Reduction

Efforts continue on many fronts to reduce the pollution associated with the use of disposable plastics. High profile accomplishments include the passage of a bylaw to ban plastic checkout bags and the "Take Back the Tap" initiative.  

VCS provides direction and facilitation to property owners on conserving land. We advocate in the regulatory review process on behalf of saving open space, farmland, habitat, and natural resources like clean water.

Green Events

VCS, in partnership with Island Grown Initiative and Sail MV, has been working to reduce the waste associated with events large and small, including the annual Agricultural Fair. Click the link above for resources to help "green" your next event. 


Winter Walks

The VCS Winter Walks Program offers monthly guided walks during the winter months on private lands, many conserved under VCS auspices. All walks are free and open to the public.

Local farms define rural character, maintain a link with the past, and promise a more sustainable future. VCS has worked for decades to conserve our prime farm soils and rejuvenate local farming using Agricultural Preservation Restrictions (APRs) and other tools. Building partnerships with towns and colleagues has been a formula for success at places like the new Ag Hall, Nip 'n' Tuck, Morning Glory, Native Earth and Katama Farms.

Clean Water Initiative

VCS is continuing a multi-year public awareness campaign to advocate for clean water and a coordinated wastewater management plan to reverse the decline in health of the Vineyard’s Great Ponds.

Part of keeping our waters clean involves persuading Island residents and businesses to avoid chemical lawn fertilizers and encourage use of native grasses and plantings.

Climate Change Adaptation 
Some of the greatest impacts of global climate change will be felt at the coasts. VCS is promoting community awareness about the local environmental impacts we can expect and plan for.

Island-Wide Recycling Initiative 

Part of VCS’s broad definition of conservation involves promoting Island-wide coordination of solid waste disposal and enhanced recycling capabilities in all Island towns.