Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) honored two Cotuit residents for their environmental leadership at the organization’s Annual Meeting on July 12 at the Osterville Village Library.
Scott Horsley was given the Founders Award in recognition of his decades of passion, leadership and commitment to local and regional environmental protection efforts.
Peter Pometti received the President’s Award in honor of his work on two buildings, including the BLT Conservation Center and the new barn at BLT’s Fuller Farm property in Marston Mills.
The Land Trust also debuted two new trail guides (Cape Cod Pathways/Barnstable and Eagle Pond and Little River Sanctuary), completing their trail map series, which launched in 2021 with the printing of the popular Barnstable Trail Guide, spotlighting 34 hiking trails and almost 95 miles.
“Scott and Peter are examples of leaders that have made a profound impact in our community,” said Janet Milkman, Barnstable Land Trust’s Executive Director. “Scott Horsley’s passion for environmental planning across Cape Cod has empowered generations to be thoughtful guardians of our fragile surroundings. Peter Pometti’s expertise in design, building, and construction has helped make projects like the Barnstable Land Trust Conservation Center and the new barn at Fuller Farm inspiring realities. We are proud to honor both of them for their contributions to the BLT community and beyond.”
Horsley’s early work in Barnstable County’s Health Department and the Cape Cod Planning and Economic Development Commission (known today as the Cape Cod Commission), provided him experience in the emerging fields of water quality planning, wastewater management and coastal water quality. Co-founding Horsley and Witten in 1988 and continuing to work independently after his retirement, Horsley has spent a lifetime guiding communities in their quest to protect public health and quality of life by focusing on land use planning that also protects local environments.
Pometti’s award acknowledged his work in designing and renovating BLT’s office into a welcoming building for volunteers and staff while also accommodating meetings and workshops. He is also managing the construction of a new post-and-beam barn at Fuller Farm, which will store land stewardship equipment and provide important educational workspace. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2022.
Barnstable Land Trust is a community-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving open space and natural resources in the Town of Barnstable and nearby areas. BLT has protected 1,100 acres in the Town of Barnstable and supported the town in conserving over 11,000 more.
For more information, visit http://www.BLT.org