Get Outdoors at Lynn Woods
The City of Lynn, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Greenbelt have completed a decades-long effort to ensure all of Lynn Woods is permanently protected from development. A beloved recreational area since 1890, many property users were unaware that this vast landscape was not permanently protected until this past year.
Greenbelt invites you to explore this stunning 2,100 acre property and the many activities available to visitors. Learn more at the link below, and stay tuned for additional hikes later this fall to celebrate the permanent protection of Lynn Woods.
Mount Hunger, Essex and Gloucester
Mount Hunger Land Campaign
Greenbelt is actively fundraising to conserve 90 critical acres in Essex and Gloucester, land that will further expand the protected forest in the Manchester-Essex-Gloucester area. Conserving this Mount Hunger land will conserve wildlife habitat, protect important watershed, and ensure public access to an existing, popular trail system.
Learn more below, and help us reach our fundraising goal by March 31st!
John J. Donovan Reservation & Sagamore Hill Conservation Area, Hamilton & Essex
Myopia Hunt Club Wins Conservation Award
Greenbelt congratulates the Myopia Hunt Club, in Hamilton, which was recently recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association with its 2024 Hunting Habitat Conservation Award. The award acknowledged Myopia’s significant and enduring contributions toward the preservation of habitat and biodiversity.
The Hunt and Members of the Hunt have been significant supporters of a number of Greenbelt projects that provide meaningful public access, including the John. J Donovan Reservation/Sagamore Hill Conservation Area and Vineyard Hill Reservation.
Bridges at River Road, West Newbury
The Work Continues: Trail Improvements
Greenbelt's Stewardship Department works year-round, even in the cold weather months. If you've been out on the trails lately, you may have noticed an updated boardwalk at Nickerson Knoll in Wenham, a new parking area at Alt Reservation in Beverly, and a new parking area at Tomson Street Reservation in Gloucester, allowing easier access to Sunset Mountain.
Keep an eye out for more property improvements, and maybe you'll even encounter the crew at work during an upcoming hike!
Mowing at Atherton Reservation, West Newbury
Join the Stewardship Team this Summer!
Are you looking for a summer job? Do you love being outdoors, enjoy working the land and know your way around power equipment? Then we have the position for you! Greenbelt is seeking applicants for a Seasonal Land Stewardship Technician. This full-time position is seasonal, May-August (approximately 12-14 weeks), and will support all aspects of the Land Stewardship department with their work, including property maintenance, event support, invasive plant control and more.
Click the link below to learn more and to apply!
Gaining Ground Campaign
Land trusts play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change, and Greenbelt is proud to support the Land Trust Alliance's Gaining Ground campaign. It is aimed at teaching the benefits of land conservation to those who care about our warming planet. To meet the goals of Gaining Ground, Greenbelt is working alongside land trusts across the U.S. to save an additional 60 million acres by the end of 2030.
Solstice Walk & Winter Fun
Greenbelt supporters marked the Winter Solstice with a walk to the summit of the John J. Donovan Reservation at Sagamore Hill on December 21. They watched the sun set in silence and then toasted the New Year and the return of longer days.
Greenbelt properties are open year-round for recreation and, when there's snow on the ground, to snowshoe and cross-country ski.
Castle Neck River Reservation, by Neil Ungerleider
Remembering George Loring
Greenbelt mourns the passing of George Loring, a former Greenbelt board member and vice-president. An avid conservationist, he also co-founded the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust. George was a passionate bird watcher who traveled often on birding expeditions.
There's always a lot going on at Greenbelt! If you're interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, join our monthly Volunteer E-Newsletter list.