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Greenbelt Names New President!

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Kate Bowditch, who has served in leadership positions at the Charles River Watershed Association for almost 25 years, has been chosen by the Board of Directors to become President of Greenbelt. 

Bowditch, a published scientist and nationally-recognized expert in conservation, led efforts to improve the Charles River watershed and parklands in the 35 cities and towns through which it runs, and helped transform the Charles River from a heavily-polluted waterway to one of the cleanest urban rivers in the country.  

In September, Bowditch will succeed Ed Becker, who built Greenbelt from a small, three-person organization to a groundbreaking, national leader in land conservation. 


"We are excited to have Kate bring her considerable gifts and skills to the work of Greenbelt," said Philip Lake, Greenbelt Board Chair. “The ‘Greenbelt culture’ is important to us, and the Search Committee worked long and well to find someone who would be a good fit in addition to bringing the requisite professional qualifications.  Kate is that person.”  Read more about Kate's background and accomplishments. 


Help Create Conservation Corridor, Access to Castle Neck River Reservation

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Greenbelt has a unique opportunity to "undevelop" a 2-acre parcel in Ipswich and reclaim the land for public access and enjoyment, as envisioned in this artist rendering.


A "tear down" 1950s house now sits on the lot on Route 133 in Ipswich and a conservation buyer is providing the opportunity to acquire and remove the house.


This will allow Greenbelt to expand a corridor of preserved land, open vistas to the natural environment and create an all-access trail to Castle Neck River Reservation, formerly known as Pony Express. Learn more and how you can donate.

Greenbelt Helps Gloucester with Piping Plovers at Good Harbor Beach

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It was no surprise when piping plovers returned once again to Good Harbor Beach to nest in April. Greenbelt provided support to their nesting activity under the direction of Dave Rimmer, Director of Land Stewardship, with rope fencing and signs.


It was a surprise, however, when one pair of plovers decided to nest and lay their eggs in a gravel section of the beach parking lot!  Gloucester DWP immediately closed off the area, and a predator exclosure was soon installed around the nest.


Four chicks were hatched on June 9. Contact Dave Rimmer for more information. (Photo courtesy Kim Smith.)


 "Art in The Barn" has Record Success!  Thanks to All!

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This year's Art in the Barn was a huge success! With the help of 50 volunteers and over 140 artists, we reached our highest ever sales of $100,000! Thank you to all who visited and a special thanks to our volunteers who helped make the show a success and raise funds that go directly to our mission of land conservation. Join us next year to celebrate 30 years of Art in the Barn! 


Volunteer at a Greenbelt Trail Run


Calling all volunteers for our "Run for the Hills" trail run in Hamilton on Saturday, July 14 and our "Beverly Commons" trail run in Beverly Farms on Saturday, August 25.  It's a ton of fun and a great way to get involved - no experience needed!  Email Jane Rumrill for details and to sign up to volunteer. 


Have fun with us!

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