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Friends of Our Trails

Conservation and Trail Groups

By TOM HORTH (11/98)

(In alphabetical order)

The Bay Circuit Alliance is working to preserve open space and build a trail network in a greenbelt around Boston stretching from the Newburys to Duxbury. 978-470-1982 3 Railroad St., Andover, MA 01810.

The Boxford Trails Association / Boxford Open Land Trust has regular walks, occasional equestrian events, does trail maintenance and helps preserve open space. They maintain a major section of the Bay Circuit Trail. P.O.Box 95, Boxford, MA 01921.

Essex County Greenbelt has preserved thousands of acres in our county including 847 acres in Newbury and 148 acres in West Newbury. Guidebook available. 978-768-7241. 82 Eastern Ave., Essex, MA 01929.

Essex County Velo cycling club is a road and mountain bike group who sponsor rides, races and other events all around Essex County. They also lead local evening rides, except in the winter. They publish a newsletter with schedules. Reach them at P.O.Box 2246, South Hamilton, MA 01982. 465-5566.

The Essex County Trails Association is involved in preservation and maintenance of trails for all non-motorized use, but especially for equestrians. They sponsor rides, other equestrian events and walks. 55 Waldingfield Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.

Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge help out with all kinds of activities related to the Refuge including helping to staff the visitor center, trail work, beach cleanup, and the annual Plover & Wildlife Festival. P.O.Box 184, Newburyport, MA 01950. 978-749-9647.

Massachusetts Audubon has bird sanctuaries all around the state, including the Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary in Newburyport. 978-462-9998. 10 State St., Newburyport, MA 01950.

Mass Bike/North Shore is the local chapter of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. They have rides and advocate for bikeways, including the Border-to-Boston. P.O.Box 308, Hathorne, MA 01937.

The Maudslay State Park Association is devoted to preservation and protection of the Park. c/o Maudslay State Park, Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, MA 01950.

Merrimack River Watershed Council works to preserve the Merrimack in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. They have been the moving force behind the Merrimack River Trail project. Contact them at 56 Island St., P.O.Box 1377, Lawrence, MA 01842-2577. 978-681-5777.

The Newbury Bay Circuit Committee maintains the Bay Circuit Trail in Newbury (and the bit in Newburyport). They publish the trail map which you will find in their signboards on the Plum Island Turnpike and at Spencer-Pierce-Little House. Contact Rich Ross, chair, at 11 Faurview Ave., Newbury, MA 01951. 462-2655.

The New England Mountain Bike Association has rides, does trail maintenance, educates riders on responsible trail use and has fun. 800-576-3622. P.O.Box 2221 Acton, MA 01720.

The Parker River Clean Water Association, dedicated to protecting the river and it’s ecosysems. P.O.Box 798, Byfield, MA 01922.

The Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities has four historic houses in Newbury, including Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm on the Bay Circuit Trail. 978-462-2634.

The Trustees of Reservations, the oldest land trust in the world, have nearly 80 remarkable reservations around Massachusetts, including Old Town Hill Reservation in Newbury. Northeast Region Headquarters is at the Crane Estate in Ipswich. 978-356-4351.