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Citizens' Campaign Saves Panoramic Ocean Views from Development

Four oceanfront parcels on Atlantic Road in Gloucester, acquired through a citizen-led effort, have been saved from development.  


Save Our Shores raised awareness and funds in a short period of time in 2016 to acquire the parcels.  In November, the land was transferred to Greenbelt, which will be the long-term owner and steward of the land.  


The land, part of Gloucester’s “Back Shore,” will be open to the public for bird watching, fishing, and taking in the panoramic view of Bass Rocks and down along the coast, including the twin lights at Thatcher Island.


In early 2018, Greenbelt will convey a Conservation Restriction to the City of Gloucester, adding an additional layer of conservation protection. 

Stewardship Staff Plans for 2018

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Greenbelt’s stewardship staff spends significant time each December looking ahead to the coming year. Plans and budgets are established to accomplish our goals for providing and improving public access to our properties, monitoring our conservation restrictions, managing our Osprey Program and stewarding thousands of protected acres.


For 2018, we will offer new public access at reservations in Ipswich and Topsfield; we will expand our Osprey Program, and recruit more volunteers to help with trails and to monitor wildlife. We will address the impacts on trees from gypsy moths and anticipate additional work to manage this problem. We will expand our efforts with invasive species (like water chestnut in the photo), trying to understand where they are occurring and how best to manage them.

To learn more how you can help as a volunteer, contact our stewardship department.

Thought-Provoking, Community-Building Film & Lecture Series

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Greenbelt members and the public have shown strong interest in films and lectures that offer a way to explore environmental issues and find ways they can individually and collectively respond.   Based on the success of our 2017 Film and Lecture Series, we have added more programs to the 2018 schedule.


Honey bees and the threats they face, why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative, and solutions for a sustainable world are among the topics you'll find on the Greenbelt Film and Lecture Series page.


Join us all winter and into the spring for unique films, lectures, and special workshops, offered in a variety of locations. 


Give the Gift of Greenbelt this Season

When you renew your Greenbelt membership or give the gift of membership to family or friends, you are making a lasting impact on local land conservation, and helping to introduce new people to the significant physical and emotional benefits of spending time in nature.

Give a meaningful (and tax-deductible) gift today, specially packaged for the holidays with our fantastic Greenbelt Guidebook, cap and eco-friendly resusable shopping bags. Shop for this and other Greenbelt items that inspire, educate and advance our mission at our on-line store. Thank you.  

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