Feature Articles


President’s Report 2020

Newton Conservators & Friends – Your memberships, donations, and volunteer support helped accomplish a great deal this past year… The Year 2020 has certainly not been the year we expected!

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Lower Falls Trail Options

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is proposing to build a multi-use (bicycle and pedestrian) trail system to run from the Pony Truss Trail south to Quinobequin Road,

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Pony Truss Trail Rebuilt

In September 2020, work was completed to reconstruct the Pony Truss Trail along the Charles River opposite Riverside Park.

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Conservation News

Mother Nature in Newton

Check out Richard Primack’s Newton Tab article, “Newton nature enthusiasts flock to local parks to see wildlife” which details a few of the interesting wildlife experiences in Newton during these

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Invasive Plants Info Available

Our website has a new Invasive Plants section.  For each major invasive species typically found in Newton, there are photos and tips to help with  identification, suggested removal methods, and links

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DCR Proposal for Trail in Lower Falls

On September 22, 2020, Massachusetts DCR officials presented the results of a preliminary study entitled Lower Falls Shared-Use Trail Feasibility Study.  View the meeting presentation. The proposed trail would start

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Help Us Protect Newton’s Open Spaces

The Conservators relies on volunteers to do all our work to protect, enhance, and expand Newton’s parks and conservation areas.  We need your help! We are now looking for one

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Hillside Restoration in Norumbega Park

River Path leads down the hill to the Charles River from the Islington Road entrance of Norumbega Park.  Until 2019, the path was separated from the rest of the park

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Ellen Foust

Ellen Foust is an artist and photographer with a passion for teaching. She received an MA in art history from Rutgers University and studied photography at the New England School

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