Land stewardship not only requires care for Marblehead’s existing natural open spaces, but it also requires the Conservancy to actively support the acquisition of additional open space when it becomes available.  As Marblehead nears its 400th birthday, remaining parcels of open space are increasingly rare.  However, the Conservancy has already achieved success in helping to secure additions to existing conservation land, and continues to actively identify and pursue acquisitions.

The Conservancy collaborated with the Essex County Greenbelt and the Massachusetts PARC Grant Program to bring the Town of Marblehead and the City of Salem together to create the Lead Mills Conservation area.


  • In 2005, the Conservancy spearheaded  campaign for the purchase of the remaining 3.2 acres of the Robinson Farm
  • In 2009, the Conservancy helped convert the one-acre Turner Woods site into conservation land
  • In 2013, the Conservancy collaborated with Essex County Greenbelt on the acquisition of the former Lead Mills site for conservation by the town of Marblehead and the City of Salem
  • In 2018, the Conservancy assisted private owner donation of land to the Town, expanding the Ware Pond conservation area

The Conservancy is always interested in exploring potential acquisitions or easement conversions with owners who could become donors.  Please contact us by email at