New Pedestrian Bridges and Trails in Riverside Park

Riverside Park is a small DCR property located mostly in Weston, between the Riverside MBTA station and the Martin Golf Course. For many years, the two pedestrian bridges that crossed

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2013 Conservators Annual Dinner Meeting

Ned Friedman: “What it Means to be a Tree”   Dr. Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, was

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Hemlock Gorge Dam Reconstruction

The circular dam from under the Route 9 bridgeThe dam from abovePhoto by Kenneth MalloryPhoto by Kenneth MalloryWalk past the circular dam.Temporary fencing installed in 2006DCR replaced a spillway dam

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Digital Codes Added to New Signs in Newton Conservation Areas

QR Codes Link to Conservators Website The Newton Conservators, with the enthusiastic support of the Newton Conservation Commission, have added permanent QR code stickers to new signs that the Conservation

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Owls in Newton

Are there any owls in Newton ? Yes, there are at least two species regularly residing in the city, but as nocturnal creatures, they are more often heard than seen.

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Fyffe Footbridge History

The Mary Hunnewell Fyffe Footbridge is at least the third footbridge on this site. A metal bridge in Victorian design was built in 1909, but was eventually destroyed by flooding.

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10 Years of Community Preservation in Newton

Newton was one of the first communities in the Commonwealth to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA), and this year marks its 10th anniversary. Newton has used CPA funds to

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Cynthia Staples

Cynthia Staples is a Boston-based freelance writer and photographer. For nearly fifteen years she has worked with local education and environmental nonprofits as well as with national sustainability organizations. When

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Public Street Trees – A Choice

What is happening to Newton’s street trees? In the early 1970’s there were approximately 40,000 trees lining the streets of Newton. Today, that number is about 26,000-a 35% loss. The

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Newton Lower Falls Rail-to-Trail Greenway Update

May 2012 Update The conversion of the railroad bridge from Newton Lower Falls to Wellesley for pedestrian use was completed in Spring 2012. The opening ceremony was on May 8th.

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2012 President’s Report

Jane Sender, President Our Annual Meeting in May was truly memorable. The keynote speaker, Professor Douglas Tallamy, had a very important message, which affected many in the audience. His message

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2012 Conservators Annual Dinner Meeting

Douglas W. Tallamy: “Bringing Nature Home” The keynote speaker was Dr. Douglas Tallamy, professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, and author of the

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