2007 Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Duxbury Beach Reservation Inc.

The Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. was formed in 1975. It evolved from the Duxbury Beach Association, which was created in 1919 when a small group of summer residents led by Frederick S. Pratt bought the beach. The Reservation’s statement of purpose clearly defines the purposes of the charitable corporation: “. . . to restore and to preserve the beaches in so far as reasonably possible in their natural state as host to marine life, native and migratory birds and indigenous vegetation, as barrier beaches for the protection of Duxbury and Kingston and as a priceless environmental asset to the Commonwealth and the nation; and to operate for the benefit of the people of Duxbury and the general public a public recreational beach with all necessary and incidental facilities, while preserving the right to limit and regulate such use so as to be consistent with the corporation’s primary ecological objective.

Since its incorporation in 1975, the Reservation has taken its mission very seriously. To maintain a barrier against the sea, it has added sand to the beach in two dune projects and numerous repairs, then stabilized the new sand with fencing and beach grass. To preserve the natural heritage of the beach, it has developed comprehensive programs to protect vegetation and wildlife. To operate a public recreational beach within the confines of these ecological objectives, as well as state and federal regulations, the Reservation has always relied on the cooperation of beach goers and the assistance of the town of Duxbury.

The Reservation leases most of its beach holdings to the town of Duxbury. Beach goers, both residents and the general public, buy beach stickers from the town for access to the parking lots and the outer beach for oversand vehicles. The town Harbormaster/Coastal Resources Department manages the people and vehicles on the beach, and the Reservation is responsible for preserving the dunes and maintaining the parking lots and the back road to Gurnet-Saquish. The Reservation also funds the extensive Endangered Species Program that is mandated by the federal government to protect the threatened piping plovers.

The Reservation has no employees. Its main source of revenue comes from the town’s lease payment, which during the last few years has been $600,000. The Reservation hires a manager to operate the parking lot and food pavilion at the north end of the beach. It receives a portion of the parking revenues. Its only other source of income is from private donations.

There are currently 40 trustees in the Reservation, 11 of whom are also directors. The Reservation’s bylaws require that its governing body shall include representatives of environmental organizations and that a majority of the directors shall reside in Duxbury. Among the trustees are coastal geologists, engineers, and conservationists.