Beaton Conservation Restriction

The Beaton deal was the first large-scale conservation project in Marion and permanently protected 246 acres of productive cranberry bogs, upland forest, riverfront lands, a freshwater pond, and wetlands.

The deal, a bargain sale, included a fee simple purchase of approximately 100 acres by the Town of Marion to add to Washburn Park, a fee simple purchase of approximately 10 acres of riverfront by SLT, and SLT holds the remainder through a conservation restriction.


The project helped protect Hammett’s Cove and Sippican River, while allowing for the continuation of agricultural activities.


Some of the bogs are visible along Point Road, and the riverside marsh can be seen from the eastbound side of I-195 as it crosses the Sippican River.

Beaten conversation link

Sippican Lands Trust Rules and Regulations

  • Our land is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • No Drugs or Alcohol.
  • Pets should be under their owner’s control and dispose of pet waste thoughtfully.
  • No smoking or fires.
  • No motorized vehicles.
  • No littering.
  • No camping.
  • Leave the plants, animals, and geology as you find them.
  • No hunting on SLT property, except with SLT's permission.
  • No unauthorized postings on SLT properties.
  • Parking for visitors of the Sippican Lands Trust, where applicable. Not all properties have dedicated parking.