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Land Conservation News 

 Willmann Conservation Effort: Nearing the Finish Line

With the help of community leaders and many residents, Greenbelt and the Mt. Adnah Cemetery are closing in on our $650,000 fundraising goal to acquire the 4-acre Willmann property on Lobster Cove in the Annisquam section of Gloucester. To date, we have raised $550,000 toward the purchase price, with our April deadline fast approaching.

Once acquired, the Willman parcel will become part of a necklace of conserved land offering the possibility of eventual cemetery expansion, and a buffer from development, open and accessible to the public for walking and nature observation. Learn more /  Donate .

New Video Shows Opportunity at Donibristle Farm

Greenbelt is leading a $900,000 grassroots effort in Topsfield to permanently protect 44 acres of beautiful wooded hillside, featuring towering mature oaks and an extensive, wide trail system. A new video shows what could be lost to development at Donibrisle Farm, the original country estate and dairy farm of renowned historian James Duncan Phillips.

Topsfield voters will be asked to approve an article at their May 2nd Town Meeting that would  allocate up to $500,000 toward the purchase.  A state grant may reduce this obligation substantially. To date, Greenbelt has secured $200,000 in donations and pledges toward the $400,000 balance.  If the campaign is successful, Donibristle Farm will become a new Greenbelt Reservation, open to the public and permanently protected by the Town. Learn more / donate.

Vibrant Rowley Family Farm Preservation Effort

Mehaffey Farm, a proud part of Rowley’s agricultural history, traces its roots back nearly 380 years ago to the town's founding. 

Last Fall, Rowley residents generously authorized $100,000 in Community Preservation Acts funds toward preserving Mehaffey Farm. However, Greenbelt must raise the remaining $150,000 needed to preserve this 28.8-acre family farm.  If the farm cannot be preserved, it may have to be sold for development.  Greenbelt has until June 30, 2017, to forever ensure this family farm continues to be a vital part of Rowley’s farming economy and bucolic landscape. 
Learn more / Donate Online.


Land Stewardship Update

Field Restoration in West Newbury

Walker Meadow in West Newbury is a 17 acre property acquired by Greenbelt in 2015 consisting of woods and an overgrown meadow that is part of Greenbelt’s Indian Hill Conservation Area.

Property monitors Annie and Lark Madden have been busy, with some assistance from the stewardship staff, cutting brush and piling it in the meadow (shown) for future burning.

Our goal is to remove woody plants from the meadow and mow it more frequently for a few years to return the once overgrown meadow to a viable hay field/meadow.

Thank you to Annie and Lark for all their hard work!


Community Engagement

5th Annual Earth Day Lawn Sign Campaign &
Family-Friendly Earth Day Festivities

Celebrate Earth Month and help support Greenbelt’s land conservation efforts in April. Visibly demonstrate your commitment to the environment by placing this Earth Day sign on your lawn for all to see,  Saturday, April 8th through Sunday, April 23rd. If you would like to host a sign, please email Andrew. You can pick one up at our office, or we will deliever it to your lawn in early April.

This year our Earth Month campaign will culminate with an exciting Earth Day Clean Up, Clear Out, and Create event at our Cox Reservation. Participants will help pick up trash and debris along the marsh, and then watch as local artist Courtney Batistelli transforms this trash into a work of art. This will be a fun, family-friendly event to help cap-off this year’s celebration!

Tower Garden Helps Kids Learn About Sustainability in the Rockport Schools; Win One in Raffle!

Greenbelt donated a Tower Garden, sponsored by Juice Plus, to the Rockport Schools to educate students on the importance of sustainability and the ability to grow produce without soil.

The Tower Garden is an aeroponic growing system which drips liquid nutrients that are absorbed by plants and vegetables. The students are growing many using minimal water, emphasizing the practice of sustainable agriculture.

Greenbelt will raffle a Tower Garden valued at $575 as an upcoming membership incentive! Enter the raffle by either becoming a new member or upgrading your current membership from now until the end of June. For more information, email Rachel.


What is Happening to Our Oceans:  Film Screening

Join Greenbelt on March 23 for the fourth segment of our State of the Oceans Lecture and Film Series as we view “A Sea Change", followed by a Q & A session with two representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Follow along as a retired history teacher goes on a quest to different parts of the world in an attempt to discover what is happening to the world's oceans. Not only is he interested in this phenomena for himself, but he is also on a journey to see what the state of the oceans will be for his grandchild and future generations. FREE.  Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island  March 23, 2 - 4 p.m.  RSVP  is required. 

"Forgotten Farms" Draws Large Turnout

Greenbelt's screening of "Forgotten Farms" was up in lights on the marquee of the Cabot Cinema in Beverly on March 2nd.

Over 250 people attended the screening of this acclaimed and provocative documentary about an important farming segment that has been left out of the local food celebration.

"Dairy farmers remain the backbone of the region’s agriculture, but fight for survival in an age of artisan cheese and kale," according to the film.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with the film makers and members of the Herrick family, a local dairy farm family featured in the film. Thanks to all who attended.

Have Fun with Us!





"A Sea Change"
What is happening to the world's oceans? Fourth
segment in our State of the Oceans Lecture and Film Series.                            
March 23, 2pm - 4 pm
Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island   RSVP  FREE.


"Vernal Pool Outing"
An interactive hike for the family learning about vernal pools with Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal PondTeam.           
April 9, 1pm - 3pm
Tompson Street Reservation, Gloucester


Whittier Hill/
Woodsom Farm Walk
oin Greenbelt the YMCA/North Shore's Y Connections walking club for a brisk weekday walk.
April 20, 9:30 am - 11 am

Woodsom Farm North Parking Lot, Amesbury

Earth Day Clean Up, Clear Out and Create
Join Greenbelt and One Heart, Infinite Pulses and see the marsh trash you pick up turned into art.
April 22  1 - 3 pm.

Cox Reservation, Essex


Protecting the Piping Plover Lecture              
Greenbelt's Director of Land Stewardship Dave Rimmer gives a presentation on this unique species in the final segment of the State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series.                 
April 27, 2pm - 4pm

Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island  


Whittier Hill Reservation Dedication                     Join fellow members and neighbors to officially open Greenbelt's first public reservation in Amesbury.           
May 11, 4 pm.       
           Whittier Hill
, Amesbury       RSVP  FREE.

Thank you for your interest in local land conservation 

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