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ECGA Spring 2017 Newsletter

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C AMPAIGN for 10,000 Acres Greenbelt President Ed Becker and Campaign Chairs Holly Langer and Peter Loring are pleased to announce that the capital fundraising phase of our "Campaign for 10,000 Acres" has reached a successful conclusion, with $12.55M raised over the last three years, surpassing its $10M goal ahead of schedule. In 2013, Greenbelt set the ambitious goal of doubling its pace of land pro- tection over the next decade. Our strategy targets the most vulnerable farmland, fragile habitats, natural areas and scenic landscapes. "To meet this challenge, Greenbelt knew it needed to invest in 'boots on the ground' and other im- portant capacity that would support this long- term and purposeful commitment," said Langer. Campaign for 10,000 Acres Reaches Successful Conclusion Essex County Greenbelt Pony Express Farm Ipswich town vote approves funds to add much-needed athletic fields while preserving an irreplaceable agricultural and natural resource Capital Campaign Surpasses Goal Spring 2017 Newsletter e Pony Express Farm with its 128 acres of roll- ing land and riverfront has been saved from devel- opment after the Ipswich Special Town Meeting voted to approve funds that will add much-needed athletic fields while preserving an irreplaceable agricultural and natural resource. Pony Express Farm, which borders Route 133 and Candlewood and Chebacco Roads, has nearly a mile of frontage on the Castle Neck River, along with associated wetlands, which protect the water quality that contributes to the ecological health and integrity of the 25,000-acre Great Marsh Eco- system. Greenbelt worked closely with the Town commit- tees that unanimously supported the project and urged a YES vote with a mailing to Ipswich resi- dents. Residents at the late January Town Meeting voted 518-319 to approve the purchase. e purchase is a three-way transaction, with Greenbelt buying 44 acres for $1.4 million, the Town approving $2.15 million for the more valuable 30 acres that will be used for athletic fields, and the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game spending $500,000 to protect a mile-long buffer along the river. e prime farmland soils on the Greenbelt property will be pre- served for agriculture use as hayfields, with public access. Greenbelt is working with the Town on property management with the hope of a summer opening. CONSERVING PONY EXPRESS FARM IN IPSWICH HAD BEEN A PRIORITY FOR DECADES Greenbelt's Board and staff set out to raise $10 mil- lion, with $7.5 million earmarked to help save land at risk, and $2.5 million set aside for the perpetual stewardship of our conserved properties. "Greenbelt is very grateful to the indi- viduals, families, businesses and foun- dations who responded generously to our request for support," said Ed Becker. Funds raised will help strengthen rela- tionships with landowners, leverage project fundraising, and expand our revolving loan fund of risk capital for conservation projects. "The organization is now better posi- tioned to work proactively with landowners and local communities, helping to secure a green future for our beautiful region," Becker concluded. FULL CAMPAIGN REPORT Inside this issue... PHOTOS JERRY MONKMAN/ECOPHOTOGRAPHY.COM "Acquisition of Pony Express Farm for conservation and recreation will protect a rich diversity of wildlife habitat, wetland and agricultural resources. We're pleased to have worked in partnership with Ipswich and the Commonwealth on this important project." ED BECKER President 2016 ANNUAL REPORT Inside this Issue FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN REPORT Inside this Issue Mark your calendar for our Annual Meeting. Come early to celebrate the success of our Capital Campaign. 5:30 pm Cocktail Reception 6:00 pm Creative Pot Luck Supper 7:00pm Business Meeting GREENBELT ANNUAL MEETING May 18th, 2017 Cox Reservation, Essex

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