Planning, Protecting and Preserving
Nantucket's Natural World

The Nantucket Land Council (NLC) is a 501c (3) non-profit dedicated to protecting Nantucket’s natural world and rural character by holding and enforcing conservation restrictions, commissioning scientific research, monitoring development proposals, engaging in legal proceedings to protect natural resources and educating the public on environmental issues.

The NLC was conceived and organized in 1974 by Nantucket citizens who cherished the island’s pristine natural setting and who were troubled by increasing environmental degradation and loss of rural character.  Since its founding, the NLC has effectively protected thousands of acres of land.

Our staff continues to monitors development proposals before local governing boards, the NLC has been able to represent environmental interests when important decisions are made.  All development proposals before the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission are reviewed by the NLC followed by appropriate recommendations or if necessary, hiring expert consultants for further investigation.  These actions ensure that the environment is property represented when decisions regarding growth and development on Nantucket are made.

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