DENIED! The Manchester ZBA voted unanimously DENY the permit for the proposed 40B. We applaud your decision, your strength and your conviction. The decision has been appealed at the state level, and we will continue our expert efforts in coordination with the town.

This is one small step for a town. Let’s make it one giant leap for the community and the environment, together! [read more…]


MECT’s stewardship efforts seek to balance the protection of natural resources inherent in the land that we hold while allowing for appropriate public access, use and enjoyment of these very special places.


MECT’s conservation work is focused on preserving ecologically important land at the gateway to Cape Ann for wildlife habitat, water quality protection, flood prevention, biodiversity, research and passive recreation.



MECT exists to support our Community: our members, partners, and all residents of Manchester and Essex.  Find out more about how we share our passion for conservation and enjoy the beauty of the land we all work hard to protect.


Find events with naturalists, geologists, forest bathing, or learn hiking and orienteering skills. Join in the fun and experience something new. We look forward to seeing you on the trails and at our in-person events whenever possible.


You can choose to donate to our general fund or a specific interest like the defense of Shingle Place Hill against the rapacious 40B development. Donations are critical for MECT to fulfill our mission and ensure solid support for our land acquisition and protection goals, as well as our land stewardship and education for the community and our members. Join us today or renew your membership and support.