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.


Kiosk Completed at Wilderness Conservation Area Gateway

The Wilderness Conservation Area Gateway kiosk display was installed on May 30, 2015. Designer, Alison Anholt-White and builder, Ken King, both Manchester residents, pose with their work.  Ken also constructed the magnificent wood structure. Photo by MECT trustee, Alan Budreau.


Date posted: June 17, 2015

Town Meeting Voted to Conserve Land

Manchester citizens voted at Town Meeting on April 6 to accept a gift of land from the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust. (Warrant Article 15) The 2.6-acre parcel of land, a generous gift from Judson L. Wilson, of Gloucester, is now part of the Town’s Dexter Pond Conservation Area. Surrounded by conservation land and the railroad, the woodland parcel is a natural fit for management as part of the conserved area. MECT is happy to support the Town’s conservation efforts. Full article with map is at  “About/Newsletters” – Spring 2015, page 4.

Date posted: March 31, 2015

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

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