Since 1961, Greenbelt has helped landowners, farmers, cities, towns and organizations realize their land conservation vision. As a result of our combined efforts, we have protected over 16,000 acres of land.

If you own land and are interested in learning more about conservation options, please visit Conserve Your Land or Landowners

  • Greenbelt owns and manages 5400 acres of conserved landscapes across Essex County. All properties owned by Greenbelt are open to the public free of charge. Explore our Properties will help you find the perfect Greenbelt spot to hike, paddle, bike, cross-country ski or paint and enjoy many other outdoor activities.
  • We hold over 200 conservation restrictions, permanently protecting an additional 5,000 acres, owned by private individuals, municipalities or organizations.
  • We have helped conserve thousands of additional acres with a variety of partners across Essex County.

Definition of CR

A conservation restriction, or CR, is a legal document recorded at the Registry of Deeds that allows you to control the future use of your land by limiting the type and scope of development on your property.

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