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For over 50 years, Janis Bailey and her late husband, Perley made their home on rolling fields and woodlands in Haverhill. They had seen much of the surrounding landscape lost to development, and wanted to ensure that future generations could enjoy the unspoiled views of forests, hills and fields that are so iconic to this part of the Merrimack Valley.
“I didn’t want to see it built up. When somebody buys the land, they can do whatever they want. This way, it’s going to stay this way.” - Perley Bailey / Landowner
Working with Greenbelt, the 60-acres that the Baileys protected with a Conservation Restriction will forever be available for agricultural use, and the Baileys are currently seeking a farmer to lease their farmland.
Across the street, the trail loop on the Bailey Reservation is perfect for families with young children, with signs of beaver and other wildlife activity to enjoy. Because it is permanently protected, Bailey Reservation will continue to welcome visitors many generations from now.
Never before has the impact of your support – land that Greenbelt has protected forever – made more of a difference than now. Over the past year we've witnessed firsthand how Greenbelt properties provide critical respite for many who seek Essex County’s natural beauty for quiet contemplation, family nature walks, fresh air and exercise.
Your support makes our work possible, and we can’t do it without you.
Greenbelt's Federal Tax ID (EIN) is 04-2664297
82 Eastern Avenue
PO Box 1026
Essex, MA 01929
Greenbelt thanks the photographers whose work is featured prominently on our website: Jerry Monkman, Dorothy Monnelly, Adrian Scholes, David Alden St. Pierre & Neil Ungerleider