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Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission
167 Upper Main St, Edgartown, MA 02539
The Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission, created in 1986 to counter a building boom, acquires land and managesMore  it for public use. The Land Bank has conserved some 29,000 acres on Martha's Vineyard, representing just under 6 percent of island territory. Such purchases are funded by a 2-percent surcharge on most island real-estate transfers. A complete map of its properties, which includes hiking trails, ponds, beaches agricultural lands and open-space fields, is available on its website.