Forest Advisory Committee

Charge to the Forest Advisory Committee

Photo of 3 children kneeling around a hole in which they are planting a tiny treeWhen Eastham was first settled in 1651, the territory was alive with dense forestry and lush ground coverage. Unfortunately, most of our native greenery was cut and cleared for homes and other buildings, fuel and agriculture.

The 1651 Arboretum is a grass-roots project with the goal of revitalizing a section of the town-owned land in Wiley Park into a forest park reminiscent of our earliest days. Included in the forest will be indigenous trees and shrubs that were here originally.

What better legacy could the citizens of Eastham leave behind in the town's 350th year than a living, growing project that provides stewardship to be passed down to future generations of town's people.

The Friends of the 1651 Arboretum will administer by purchasing, planting and maintaining the forest.


  • Create a forest of indigenous species that combine historical accuracy with ecological integrity.
  • Provide a longitudinally sustainable gift from the 350th Anniversary to future generations.
  • Present a wide range, educational resource that will cover history, botany, habitat and ecology.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Shana Brogan Conservation Agent 508-240-5972


Steven Gulrich



Steven LaBranche



Henry Lind



Deborah J. Abbott