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Land Conservation News 

Topsfield Greenbelt Expands with Patton Acquisition

Thanks to the Patton family's commitment to conservation and the enthusiastic financial support of several local residents, Greenbelt will soon acquire the Shaw Field and an adjoining 40-acre parcel on Asbury Street in Topsfield.
As a result, Greenbelt will create a nearly 50-acre new Reservation which will offer enhanced public access to an existing trail system that extends into Bradley Palmer State Park. Addtionally, it will protect prime agricultural soils and habitat for rare species, while expanding one of the most significant greenbelts in the region.

Land Stewardship Update

Welcome Dave McKinnon, Land Stewardship Assistant

Experienced land manager Dave McKinnon has been hired to expand our Land Stewardship staff, and enhance our ability to mange a growing inventory of public reservations and conservation restrictions. Dave had recently served as the stewardship coordinator for the town of Lincoln, MA.

He brings a wealth of skill and capability to this new position, where he will assist with property management, conservation restriction monitoring, mapping and other special projects such as habitat improvements and invasive species management. Dave lives in Rockport with his wife Melissa and their two children.

Community Engagement

New Look | Features for Greenbelt Website & E-News

In September, Greenbelt’s website and e-newsletter will get an exciting makeover. Both will be optimized for viewing on all your devices:  smartphone, tablet and desktop.

Visit ecga.org to check out the website’s enhanced and interactive mapping features, an updated events calendar, online store, and more. All new trail data and maps will make visiting our properties easier, showing your location in real time. You will be able to upload your adventure photos to your favorite reservations' web page, and share your comments and experiences with fellow visitors. 

The September E-Newsletter will also have a new streamlined format, and we will begin to send out a separate events e-mail to highlight monthly walks, special programs and events.


Gearing up for the 3rd Annual Tour de Greenbelt 

Register today for Tour de Greenbelt 2017. On Saturday, September 16th, you can cycle 25 or 50-miles through some of the most beautiful scenery on the North Shore, passing more than 50 properties protected by Greenbelt. Registration includes this cool TdG jersey, a water bottle, on-route support and post-ride festivities including American BBQ, Harpoon Ale, live music, raffle ticket and more. 

Proceeds from the ride benefit Greenbelt's work conserving local farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes. Thank you and our generous sponsors for their support! Let's ride!

This Sunday, August 20, take a free preview ride of the 50-mile course with Greenbelt's Ed Becker. BYO water and snacks. View course maps and cue sheets here.


Massachusetts Will See Partial Solar Eclipse

While we are north of the path of the total solar eclipse on August 21, Massachusetts (weather permitting) will still see a spectacular sky event. 
The partial eclipse begins at 1:28 pm, peaks at 2:46 pm, and ends at 3:59 pm.  At its peak in Massachusetts, about 70% of the sun's surface will be blocked by the moon.  For more information and SAFE viewing instructions, click this link.  The next total solar eclipse visible in North America is in 2024.

Have Fun with Us!

Willowdale State Forest Exploration
August 17, 9:30-11:30am Linebrook Road, Ipswich
Weekday hike with Greenbelt and the Y Connections hiking club. FREE. RSVP. 


5.3 Mile Cox to Conomo
All-Terrain Race
August 26, 9:00am start
Cox Reservation, Essex
. Register online

* Part of the 2017 Brooks-New England Running Co. Road &Trail Series.


3rd Annual
Tour de Greenbelt

Cycle for Land Conservation
September 16, 9:00am start
Cox Reservation, Essex
All level riders welcome.
Pre-register and save.

Beverly Commons Expedition
September 21, 9:30-11:30am Beverly
Weekday hike with Y Connections Hiking Club.  FREE. RSVP. 

The Fundamentals of Conservation Restriction Stewardship
September 21, 5:00-7:30pm
Cox Reservation, Essex
Workshop for municipal and volunteer CR managers.

Thank you for your interest in local land conservation 

Greenbelt | Essex County's Land Trust 
82 Eastern Avenue Essex, Massachusetts 01929

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