On November 12th, the Newton Community Preservation Committee (CPC) recommended the expenditure of $15.7 million from the Community Preservation Fund to acquire from Boston College 17 acres of Webster Woods, as proposed by Mayor Ruthanne Fuller in October.
Newton Conservators enthusiastically supports Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s proposal to permanently preserve 17 acres of Webster Woods, either through negotiation with Boston College or by an eminent domain purchase.
On October 7th, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller filed a proposal with the Newton Community Preservation Committee (CPC) to authorize the issuance of $15.2 million in bonds for the purchase of 17.4 acres of land in Webster Woods.
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s proposal to buy and preserve Webster Woods has been approved by the Community Preservation Committee and is now before the City Council.
Here are some of the things you can do to help save the woods:
- Call or write to members of the City Council and ask if they will commit to support the proposal,
October 7 update: Mayor Fuller Files Proposal to Preserve Webster Woods
On September 18, 2019, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller proposed that the City take action to permanently preserve the 17 acres of Webster Woods purchased by Boston College in 2016:
“Preserving the largest contiguous forest for Newton in perpetuity is essential.
To help Newton residents learn more about this natural treasure, we sponsored three walks in Webster Woods in October and November, 2019.
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has proposed that the City acquire 17.4 acres of Webster Woods that are now owned by Boston College.
July 2019 Position
At its meeting on July 24, 2019, the Board of Directors of the Newton Conservators adopted this revised position on the preservation of Webster Woods:
The Board of Directors of the Newton Conservators reiterates its support of Mayor Fuller’s ongoing efforts to preserve the open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway.