The Next FiftyYears
The Newton Conservators turn fifty in 2011. Like
all baby boomers, we seek at midlife a reinvigorated,
practical and realistic sense of how we can best use the years
of accumulated wisdom, experience, and accomplishments
to do even better, furthering our mission of preserving and
protecting Newton’s open spaces.
My view is that Newton’s parks and conservation areas need
our stewardship. Paying close attention to what is happening
in our open spaces, educating people about them, and
working with partners to solve problems is vitally important.
My view also is that we need a renewed focus on protecting
some of the land listed on the City’s open space plan and
on shaping current development projects.
We are active in stewardship and in education and
awareness efforts. Among our recent efforts are these:
- working with Marc Welch, the City’s Tree Warden, we
succeeded in temporarily halting NStar’s tree pruning so that a more thoughtful approach could be adopted;
- we spearheaded the establishment of a Parks and Recreation Commission Working Group to carefully
study current uses and proposed changes at
- we are revising our very popular trail guide, providing
up to date maps and information;
- we are implementing the recommendations contained
in the monitoring reports done by the Massachusetts
Audubon Extension Service to keep our properties
- we are producing a Public Service announcement
- we printed a Second Edition of our highly acclaimed
Newton Conservators’ Almanac;
- we are updating and creating other communications,
including a new promotional card, an updated look for
our newsletters, and a new brochure;
- we continue our popular fall and spring walks and events;
- we continue our invasives removal efforts.
These are really solid efforts, and we can build on them in
years to come. There is, however,more to be done to focus
our efforts on protecting land and on monitoring
development projects. We are already planning a new and
different Annual Meeting for next year, focusing on our
leadership role in preserving additional open space, celebrating the accomplishments of the last fifty years, and
fundraising to support our activities.
We are the only group in Newton dedicated to these
efforts. The next fifty years are sure to bring huge and
different challenges. We are very proud of what the
Conservators have done in the last fifty years, and we hope
we can do it again. We also hope you will see that our
efforts are important, support us with donations, and join
us, often, in our work as well as on our walks and activities.