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Protected Land, 2005-13


Protected Land, 2005-13

What does this measure?

The percentage of acreage in Essex County that is classified as "Protected" under the Massachusetts Land Protection Program.

Why is this important?

Designating an area as "protected" places restrictions on land use that enables the continued development of a diverse wildlife and nature habitat while still providing access for the public to use and enjoy.

How is our county doing?

In 2013, over 7,100 acres - or 22% - of land in Essex County was deemed "protected". This was about the same as the state rate of 24% in the same year. Within Essex County, Newbury had the greatest percentage of land protected, at 47%, followed by 45% in Ipswich. Lawrence and Methuen had the lowest percentages, at 5% and 2%, respectively.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Middlesex, MA, at 19%, had a lower percentage of protected lands than Essex County in 2013.

Notes about the data

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Protected Land, 2005-13
2005-13
Essex County, MA22%
Amesbury6%
Beverly15%
Gloucester33%
Haverhill9%
Lawrence5%
Lynn21%
Methuen2%
Newburyport22%
Peabody8%
Salem14%
Andover20%
Boxford20%
Danvers9%
Essex27%
Georgetown22%
Groveland27%
Hamilton29%
Ipswich45%
Lynnfield19%
Manchester23%
Marblehead7%
Merrimac17%
Middleton12%
Nahant9%
Newbury47%
North Andover26%
Rockport27%
Rowley29%
Salisbury17%
Saugus25%
Swampscott6%
Topsfield27%
Wenham30%
West Newbury18%
Middlesex County, MA19%
Massachusetts25%

Source: Mass Audubon




Number of Protected Acres, 2005-13
2005-13
Essex County, MA71,065
Amesbury495
Beverly1,510
Gloucester5,557
Haverhill2,011
Lawrence226
Lynn1,566
Methuen355
Newburyport1,258
Peabody885
Salem747
Andover4,097
Boxford3,059
Danvers780
Essex2,431
Georgetown1,817
Groveland1,629
Hamilton2,750
Ipswich9,561
Lynnfield1,288
Manchester1,149
Marblehead200
Merrimac988
Middleton1,066
Nahant71
Newbury7,246
North Andover4,614
Rockport1,217
Rowley3,424
Salisbury1,672
Saugus1,814
Swampscott123
Topsfield2,219
Wenham1,551
West Newbury1,681
Middlesex County, MA100,878
Massachusetts1,256,223

Source: Mass Audubon




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