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.


Town Meeting Will Vote to Conserve Land

Manchester citizens can vote 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, would be added to 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 eager to support the Town’s conservation efforts. Full article with map is at  “About/Newsletters” – Spring 2015, page 4.

Date posted: March 31, 2015


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

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