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.



Essex River, Dinghy in the Mist Heidi Winslow

Essex River, Dinghy in the Mist – Heidi Winslow

Come to the Santander Bank, 17 Union Street, Manchester between now and December 6 to view the winners in MECT’s year-long photo contest.

Congratulations to Heidi Winslow – Best in Show and David Young – Runner-up,   Best in Show.


The winning photographers are from the following towns: Manchester: Heidi Winslow, David Young, Ken King, Kristine Sadler; also Zoe Brown, Dilyn Engelhart and Shay Engelhart (youth winners). Gloucester: Shams ali Hashmi. Beverly: D. Scott Hufford. Danvers: Stephen Pompeo Ciampi.

MECT thanks the two judges, Barby Almy of Manchester and Martin Ray of Rockport. Ms. Almy also printed the enlarged photos for exhibit. Thanks also to Chuck Hayback of Nor’East Frameworks for matting and framing the “Best in Show.”

The 2017 Photo Contest is now underway and will close next September 1, so you can start perfecting your late fall/winter photo technique. Rules and Regulations are on our “Events” page.

If you would like to purchase one of the photos on view at the bank, contact us at Please type “Photo Purchase” in the subject line.

Date posted: November 23, 2016

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