About 60 friends and supporters of the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust recently headed into the woods for the "Big Walk" to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary.
Pictured: From left. Doug Hotchkiss of Manchester, Ted Tarr of Rockport, and Trustees Mike McDonagh, Alan Budreau, and Hellen Bethel, of The Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust. Next
They entered from points in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Essex, and met at the boundary marker between the towns for refreshments, a few words, and a little acoustic music. "Captain" Stan Collinson, and Daisy Nell played in the Manchester-Essex town line. Next
Sarah Buck of Manchester, right, crosses a boardwalk with a group on the trust that protects 1,700 acres of land and streches north of Route 128 between exits 15 and 16. Next
Many people worked together to convince people to donate their land to the trust. Some were happy to donate their land, and others were persuaded by tax breaks or outright purchase.
Pictured: Wayne Melvill and Katie Melville of Manchester go on the "Big Walk." Next
Among landowners, there are still holdouts, but founder Albert Creighton, 95, remains optimistic.
“It isn’t all protected, but most of it is,” he said. “And we’re still working.” Back to the beginning
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