ESSEX — The Essex County Greenbelt regional land trust has announced its slate of officers — including an Essex man named to the board of directors — after holding its annual meeting at the Allyn Cox Reservation headquarters here.
Board member Mickey Culver delivered the report of the Nominating Committee and announced the election of new board officers serving for one year: president Holly Langer of Boxford, vice president Doug DeAngelis of Ipswich, vice president Barry LaCroix of West Newbury, treasurer Mickey Culver of West Newbury and secretary Peter Loring of Prides Crossing.
Elected by the membership to join Greenbelt's board of directors for terms expiring in 2015 are Peter Dorsey, Wenham; Tom Ellsworth, Essex; Philip Lake, Hamilton; John Morris, Newburyport; Ann Nichols, Prides Crossing; Spencer Purinton, Newburyport; and Betsy Shields, Ipswich.
Becker also acknowledged the longtime service of outgoing board members Lee Cunningham of Gloucester, Susanna Weld of Essex and Michael Wood of Hamilton.
Members at the annual business meeting also honored the 2012 recipient of the Al Creighton Conservation Award and the service of three outgoing board members and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the leadership of Executive Director Edward O. Becker.
Greenbelt established the Al Creighton Conservation Award in 2011, during its 50th anniversary year, with the intention of annually recognizing a leader in regional natural resource protection.
In presenting this year's award to former Ipswich River Watershed Association Executive Director Kerry Mackin, Becker acknowledged that, under her leadership, the association has gained widespread recognition for its work to improve river protection and use water resources wisely. During her 20-year tenure, it has also grown from a small, volunteer-run organization to an award-winning organization with a strong professional staff, a permanent riverfront headquarters and a record of improved protection of the Ipswich River.
Essex County Greenbelt is a member-supported nonprofit land trust that has protected almost 15,000 local acres since 1961. Greenbelt works with local communities and landowners to acquire and protect farmland, wildlife habitat and the scenic landscapes of Essex County.
For more information, visit www.ecga.org or call 978-768-7241.