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Storm Knocks Down Osprey Platforms

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On January 4, 2018, a bomb cyclone hit the Massachusetts coastline following more than a week of frigid temperatures.

High winds and record high tides lifted large, thick sections of ice off the saltmarsh and pushed them into the shoreline. The result across the region was heavy flooding and blocked roads, and also the loss of many Osprey platforms that were literally knocked down and dragged away by the water and ice.

Shown is an Osprey platform in Gloucester that ironically washed up next to an undamaged one. To date we have confirmed at least 10 platforms knocked over, although we have found four that can be redeployed. We have already repaired, rebuilt and reinstalled two, with the goal of getting all 10 back in place before April.


"Farmers for America" Film Screening

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At the center of this film are the farmers – young and old – who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in common: our food.


With the average age of today’s farmer at 60, and rural America losing population as the cost of land and equipment soars, this film reveals the people waiting to take their place, the practices they’re championing and the obstacles they must overcome.


Join Greenbelt and local farmers for this special screening, followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Land For Good, featuring local young farmers from Alprilla Farm, Cedar Rock Gardens, and Grant Family Farm.   March 28 at Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, Newburyport. 6 pm Meet and Greet; 7-9 pm Film Screening & Panel Discussion.  $10 admission, farmers are free.  Purchase tickets.


We Have a "Bee in Our Bonnet"

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Greenbelt is buzzing about bees this spring, with four events designed to educate young and old about the honeybees that are essential to our lives.

From a compelling film on the threat to bees, a presentation on their life cycle and bees as pollinators, to a lecture on pollinator-friendly pest control in your garden, the series offers much to learn.


On May 19, Greenbelt will host “Pollinator Day” with kid-friendly activities.  For all dates (which begin March 22) and times of all events, go to www.ecga.org/events.

New Phase in Search for Next Greenbelt President

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We have just launched the active phase of our search for Greenbelt’s next President.


The Board’s Search Committee has been working for months to prepare a national search for a worthy successor to Ed Becker's successful thirty-year tenure at Greenbelt. The Board has retained Koya Leadership Partners to assist in this critically important search and transition.  Koya has broad experience in executive search, including in the field of conservation.


Now is the time for all of us who are touched by this transition to think deeply about our contacts and networks so that the Search Committee can reach out actively and broadly to discover deserving candidates for this remarkable opportunity. 


You can share names of networking contacts or prospective candidate recommendations with Search Chair Annie Madden, or directly with Liz Lombard of Koya. 


The Board is dedicated to identifying a passionate and strategic leader for Greenbelt’s next chapter in local land conservation.

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