The Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving ecologically important land and wildlife habitat in Manchester and Essex, Massachusetts, and promoting its use for quiet recreation, education and research.



Birds, flowers, blue skies and balmier weather welcomes us back outside after the long, cold winter. These signs of spring are also reminders that it is time to renew your MECT membership. MECT works all year for your benefit, protecting open space for plants and animals, water supplies, flood storage, school education and out door enjoyment. This year, thanks to a generous donor, if you renew and increase your membership level before July 31, 2015 the increase will be doubled.

Example: The Wilde family is currently a $50.00 Atlantic White Cedar member. They are so excited about this opportunity to help MECT that they become a $100.00 Red Maple member. Their $100.00 instantly becomes $150.00 because of the match. MECT now has $150.00 to help sustain land protection and conservation programs, and the Wildes are happy to be Red Maple contributors.

MECT relies on your membership to sustain its work. Please Renew today!

Date posted: March 18, 2015

MECT Welcomes new Treasurer

Bethe M. Palmer

Bethe M. Palmer

As our long-serving Treasurer Ned Jeffries has stepped down, we are pleased to welcome Bethe Palmer, who has agreed to join us in this position. Bethe and her husband Steve Lantner moved to Essex seven years ago from Marblehead. She is a native of the North Shore and grew up enjoying nature in our woodlands, parks and along the beaches, as well as skiing, hiking and camping in the White Mountains.  Bethe and Steve live at the edge of the Wilderness Conservation Area; they grow vegetables, support local farms and forage for mushrooms.

Bethe brings us a wealth of professional experience. She earned a BBA at UMass Amherst and an MBA from Northeastern University. She also is a CPA. Bethe’s career has largely been spent working with start-ups:  companies she has worked with include Zipcar, EchoNest, Myomo, Woo Sports, Tracksmith and Karmaloop. We are happy that she will be helping us in MECT’s mission as a locally important Land Trust.

Date posted: December 3, 2014

Crosby’s Markets Support MECT – and you can, too!

October, 2014 – Katerina Thompson, Manager of Crosby’s in Manchester, selected MECT to join the Token Program. When you bring your own bag (something MECT heartily endorses) ask for a token to put in a collection box at the door – Please choose MECT’s box! This is a wonderful way to support our work, and a small effort for a big payoff to protect our watersheds and wildlife! Thank you.

Date posted: November 5, 2014

Our 50th Anniversary Video is Ready to View

Produced by Jeffrey McDonagh at JM Video Productions, and MECT Trustees Mike McDonagh and Mike Dyer, our 50th Anniversary video captures the beauty of the Manchester-Essex Woods, includes interviews with two of the founders of the Manchester Conservation Trust, shows enthusiastic school children exploring nature, and highlights the two-town cooperation that continues to support protection of this special natural open space.

Date posted: November 12, 2013

Welcoming New Members

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Photo by Alida Bryant

Clean drinking water or parking lot pollution?  Bright fall colors or unchanging development?  Children’s nature trips or classroom routine? Invest in MECT’s future and invest in your own.  We have much to do and you can help.

 Choose a Tree and become a member now!

Date posted: September 4, 2013