Newton Conservators logo fall photo of Sawmill Brook
 
 
 
Newton Conservators is Newton's land trust, a non-profit citizens' group that advocates
for the protection of Newton's open space for wildlife and for the community.
A New Maintenance Crew
in the Old Deer Park

 
       
  Upcoming Events
 
Ice skating is open at Auburndale Cove
 
Join the Great Backyard Bird Count starting Feb 16
 
Apply for a Conservators Grant by Feb 28
 
Save the date for the Conservators annual dinner on May 2nd
 
Winter events and photos
 
Help Wanted
     
  We're looking for volunteers to fill these positions:  
       
   
  • Membership Coordinator
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  • Walks Coordinator
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  • a Project Director and a Designer for the Conservators Trail Guide
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      Contact us to learn more.  
    Photo: Jennifer Steel, Newton Conservation Commission

    The deer herd that used to live in the "Deer Park" section of Webster Conservation Area has been gone for several years. Vegetation, much of it invasive, has grown undisturbed in the meantime.

    In an experiment, the Newton Conservation Commission, which manages the conservation area, brought in 30 goats last fall to nibble away at the underbrush. Learn more.
     

    Conservation News

    Carlson Avenue Woods

    Mt. Ida College has sold 5 wooded acres of its campus to the Mormon church, which hopes to build a temple on the land. The college has also requested city approval of plans to subdivide another 6.5 acres for development of housing. Oak Hill Park neighbors are organizing to oppose the plans.

    Save Webster Woods

    Our efforts to save Webster Woods continued in 2017. We wrote a letter to the candidates for mayor and received this reply from Ruthanne Fuller.

    More information about saving the woods

    Cold Spring Park Buckthorn Removal

    An invasive plant, Glossy Buckthorn, threatens the Red Maple forest in Cold Spring Park. A demonstration project to remove the Buckthorn is underway. An article in the Winter 2018 newsletter gives more details about the area.

    New Signs in Conservation Areas

    The Conservators have partnered with the Newton Conservation Commission on the development of new "welcome signs" at the entrances to all conservation areas in Newton. Each sign includes a "QR code" that lets visitors with smartphones see maps and other information about the conservation area.

    Echo Bridge Railing Restoration Project

    An effort is underway to raise public and private funds to restore the historic railings on Echo Bridge. Temporary chain link fencing has been in place since 2008 as a safety measure.

     

     

     

     

    Upper Falls Greenway is Officially Open

    The Upper Falls Greenway was officially opened on September 15, 2016

     

     

    News archive

     

    Swan on the Charles

     

    New on the Website

    E-Bulletin January 19, 2018

    Winter 2018 Newsletter

    Red Maple Swamp

    President's Message

    Winter Ducks

    Two Bridges Trail

    Woodcock Meadow Update

     

    Nahanton Park photos

    Identify This Place Contests

    Dogs in Newton Parks and Conservation Areas

    Photos by Jonathan Elcock

    A Visitor from the Woods

    Photos by Kenneth Mallory

    The new editor of the Newton Conservators Newsletter is Kenneth Mallory, who was formerly Editor-in-chief of Publishing Programs at the New England Aquarium. Mallory is also an accomplished photographer. View a sampling of his work.

     

    Wilson Conservation Lands

    The Wilson family has preserved an area of woods and gardens in Newton Centre.

     

    Walks Along the Aqueducts

    New photos, descriptions, maps, and shorter routes.

    A Walk Near Riverside

    A 3-mile walk along the Charles near the Leo J. Martin Golf Course covers some rough, unofficial trails as well as two new pedestrian bridges over the river.

     

    From King's Handbook of Newton (1889)

    Crystal Lake

    Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge

    Riverside

    Bullough's Pond

    Hammond Pond Woods

     

    Norumbega Park Then and Now

    Hemlock Gorge Then and Now

     


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    PO Box 590011
    Newton Centre, MA 02459

    www.newtonconservators.org

     

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