Greenbelt has an agreement to purchase the Mount Hunger land, several parcels totaling 85 acres in Essex and Gloucester.
The parcels are contiguous to more than 600 acres of land owned and managed by the City of Gloucester, Greenbelt and the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust.
The cost to acquire the land is $611,000. Greenbelt has grants pending for $275,000, and has secured private donations totaling $180,000. Greenbelt has undertaken private
fundraising to secure the balance.
This effort will further expand the protected forest in the Manchester-Essex-Gloucester area, and will consolidate unprotected parcels that remain embedded in larger areas of conserved
A variety of trails already exist on this land and connect in all directions to the broader trail system that many hikers and cyclists know and love.
Access is generally achieved through the end of Forest Avenue in Essex, and other points along Southern Avenue in Essex and Forest Street in Gloucester. There are woods roads and single-track
trails appropriate for hiking and mountain biking.
Once conserved, Greenbelt plans to manage the land for wildlife, habitat and recreation.