In 1961, local residents Jack Peirce, Henry Sawyer and Stephen Maddock came together to save Bald Hill in Boxford from development. From that early organizing effort, the Essex County Greenbelt Association was formed.

Jack Peirce, Henry Sawyer

With a special emphasis on creating “greenbelts,” or natural corridors that link large tracts of land, Greenbelt’s sole mission is conserving the farmland, wildlife habitat, and scenic landscapes in Essex County, Massachusetts.

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Since 1961, Greenbelt has conserved nearly 17,000 acres, which includes over 350 owned properties and over 250 Conservation Restrictions.

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare