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Fall 2017 ECGA Newsletter

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John J. Donovan Reservation Part of the Sagamore Hill Conservation Area HAMILTON & ESSEX A glorious summer day greeted visitors who helped Greenbelt open the John J. Donovan Res- ervation within the Sagamore Hill Conservation Area on July 9th. President Ed Becker thanked all involved with making this long-time conservation priority a reality, including the Donovan Fam- ily, who were committed to preserving land they carefully assembled and managed over fifty years. anks also went out the Trust for Public Land, the Hamilton Wenham Open Trust, the state of Mas- sachusetts and the towns of Hamilton and Essex who contributed financially, along with 500 indi- vidual donors. Region-wide support of the Saga- more Hill conservation effort helped ensure that current and future generations will enjoy this iconic scenic and recreational resource forever. Whittier Hill Reservation | AMESBURY An enthusiastic group of local residents came out to help Greenbelt officially open the new Whit- tier Hill Reservation in Amesbury June 28th. Ken Aspeslaugh, Greenbelt Board member and leader of Amesbury Trails, thanked the community for helping Greenbelt protect and now manage a sig- nificant portion of this scenic ridge. Whittier Hill is an important link in a conservation corridor con- necting existing open space, trails, and two public schools. It preserves important forests, wetlands, and the bucolic views of downtown Amesbury and Lake Gardner, while providing free public access from dawn till dusk for hiking, dog-walking and trail running. Essex County Greenbelt Opening Days Fall 2017 Newsletter Greenbelt's relationship with the Patton family of Hamilton and Topsfield began in the 1980s when newly-hired Ed Becker met Major General George S. Patton, IV. General Patton took Ed on a tour of their property in the back of an old farm pickup truck, and they drove across the very field that Greenbelt will soon own and protect. Over the years, they conserved more than 300 acres of prime forest and farmland, portions of which would later become the organic fields used by Green Meadows Farm. Now with the enthusiastic financial support of local residents, Shaw Field, and an adjoining 40-acre parcel, will soon become a new Greenbelt reservation totaling nearly 50 acres. e immense open-grown oak that domi- nates the center of the field, beyond the roadside stonewall, is a landmark that will now be protect- ed. Greenbelt's acquisition of the property offers public access enhancement to an important exist- ing trail system that extends into Bradley Palmer State Park. Additionally, it will protect prime ag- ricultural soils and habitat for rare species, while expanding one of the most significant greenbelts in the region. "We are thrilled with this new acquisition and grateful to the family and our local supporters," noted Ed Becker. "We look forward to our con- tinuing work to help secure even more land as part of the Patton conservation legacy for our region." Iconic Shaw Field Acquired as a New Reservation in Topsfield The Patton Family Continues a Commitment to Conservation Donovan Reservation HAMILTON, ESSEX Opening Day Guided Tour Over decades, the community has benefitted from the Patton family's willingness to consider conservation options for their property holdings. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNE PATTON Shaw Field | TOPSFIELD Whittier Hill Opening MAJOR GENERAL PATTON Shaw Field Green Meadows Farm BRADLEY PALMER STATE PARK Asbury Street TOPSFIELD HAMILTON

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