Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal
Community & Government Center
483 Great Neck Road South
Mashpee, MA 02649

Casey Thornbrugh - Director

508.477.0208 Ext. 131
Chuckie Green - Assistant Director

508.477.0208 Ext. 138

Fred Spruill - Field Assistant

Clayton Oakley-Robbins  Water Resources Technician





Please be advised of this important notification issued by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe/Natural Resources Department on Tuesday ~ March 14, 2017

1.      Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Natural Resources Department (MWT-NRD) has been monitoring a current Pseudo Nitzschia algal bloom affecting Rhode Island waters.  Certain species of Pseudo Nitzschia can produce the toxin domoic acid (DA). When shellfish with high levels of DA are consumed, the consumer is susceptible to Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP).
2.      There are currently shellfish harvesting closures in Rhode Island due to high Pseudo Nitzschia counts in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. However, as of today, March 14, 2017 there are no current shellfish harvesting closures due to Pseudo Nitzschia in Massachusetts, Cape Cod, or the Islands. 
3.      Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and MWT-NRD in partnership with the Town of Mashpee are continuing daily water sampling in Nantucket Sound and local bays-estuaries.  Shellfish samples have also been collected from Massachusetts waters and all have tested negative for DA.
4.      MWT-NRD will continue to monitor the situation in Rhode Island and will notify our Tribal Community should there be any changes or shellfish harvesting closures that affect the waters of Massachusetts, Cape Cod or the Islands. 

For questions, feel free to contact the MWT-NRD Director, Casey Thornbrugh at (508)477-0208, extension 131 or MWT-NRD Assistant Director, George “Chuckie” Green at (508)477-0208 Extension 138


Our Mission:

The mission of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe NRD includes but is not limited to developing a comprehensive plan to establish an illegal dumping prevention and monitoring program in the Mashpee Wildlife Refuge and on tribal lands, providing training and employment opportunities to tribal members in the environmental and natural resources field, and continuing our role as stewards of our ancestral lands.



Clean-up of Illegal Dump Sites


The Natural Resources Department (NRD) and the Fish, Wildlife & Natural Resources Commission (FWNRC) participates in the cleanup of illegal dump sites on Tribe and Town land in Mashpee. The NRD and FWNRC has partnered with with the Cape Cod Jeep Club and the  Mashpee Land Stewards to clean up the Noisy Hole property off of Meetinghouse Rd. and the Johns Pond area on Town land in Mashpee.


Tracking the New England Cottontail


The New England Cottontail (NEC) rabbit's ideal habitat has been greatly reduced due to massive development taking place over the last century.  Efforts are underway from east of the Hudson River into New England to avoid having the NEC placed on the endangered species list by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service by creating new habitats to increase the overall population of NEC rabbits.

In an attempt to avoid this classification, the Tribe’s Natural Resources Department has acquired funding from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service through USET to conduct an animal inventory on tribal lands and in the tribal use area on Cape Cod. Learn more about our efforts here.