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Greenbelt Awarded $1 Million to Protect Farmland

Greenbelt and five partner organizations have been awarded $1,050,000 from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, providing important seed funding to permanently protect working farms in the Merrimack River valley. 

Saving Farmland in the Southern Merrimack Watershed will allow Greenbelt to work with Essex County farmers to keep farming a vital part of the region’s landscape and economy.
High land values in our region make family farms extremely vulnerable to development.  Greenbelt estimates that several thousand acres of unprotected farmland in the Merrimack Valley could change hands in the near future.  The funding will allow Greenbelt to offer farmers the opportunity to keep their farms farming, forever.

Osprey Breeding Activity in Northeastern Massachusetts

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The population of breeding Osprey in northeastern Massachusetts was stable in 2017 at 40 pairs. This represents the first year that the number of breeding pairs of Osprey did not increase, since monitoring began in the 1980s.

However, Osprey are clearly thriving in northeastern Massachusetts; young Osprey are entering into the population and first-time nesting pairs are benefiting from the increased number of nesting platforms available to them.

Greenbelt is confident that the breeding population of Osprey can continue to expand in northeastern Massachusetts, despite the lack of population increase in 2017. Read the full 2017 status report.


Family Nature Series Nurtures Conservation Ethic in Children

To help introduce our next generation of environmental leaders to the wonders of nature, Greenbelt is partnering with North Shore Nature Programs and veteran environmental educator Andrew Prazar to offer a series of four naturalist-led family programs on Greenbelt properties. Each free program will have a seasonal focus and allow for kids, parents, grandparents and caregivers to experience local landscapes and nature, while learning and exploring the natural history of each site. 
From mid-winter to late summer, the programs are dedicated to help children fall in love with the natural world. The series begins on Feburary 10th, at Whittier Hill Reservation in Amesbury,  with the basics of winter tracking and identifying animal signs.  RSVP.


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