Mosquito Testing Underway
Each summer, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health tests mosquitos, humans, and animals for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. As of September 10th, the risk in Newton, Brookline, and Boston was listed as "HIGH". Click on the map to see current results.
Goats in the Old Deer Park
Last fall, the Newton Conservation Commission brought 30 goats into the old deer park section of Webster Conservation area to nibble away at the underbrush. Learn more.
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. See January 2018 article.
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
New on the Website
Fall 2018 Newsletter
Bedrock Geology of Newton
Sculpture Exhibit on the Greenway
Sculptures were on view this summer along the Upper Falls Greenway
Summer 2018 Newsletter
Building Resiliency into
the Modern Landscape
Bright Colors on Birds
Land Trust Coalition Conference
How Large is a Vernal Pool
Fall Walks Preview
Identify This Place Contest Winners: Cold Spring Park
Two readers identified this marsh in Cold Spring Park.
E-Bulletin May 15, 2018
2018 Annual Dinner
Webster Woods photos by Anne Kane
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)
Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge
Hammond Pond Woods
Norumbega Park Then and Now
Hemlock Gorge Then and Now