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National Conservation Measure- Good News

The Senate recently approved a major bipartisan package of legislation that would greatly expand access to public lands in Western states, permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and designate hundreds of miles of river as wild and scenic. Read more here.

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FAR friend and Board member killed on bike

Paula was a good friend to many in Cambridge, and a tireless activist on behalf of nature, climate change progress, Alewife Reservation conservation and much more. She involved herself in all aspects of progressive change. Our condolences go out to her husband, Eric Zinman and family. She will be deeply missed.

Neighbors Gather to Prevent Devastation of Precious Arboretum

Over 30 dedicated neighbors turned out on the cold evening of February 11 to raise awareness about the peril faced by the rare arboretum at the former Abt campus. Check out some pictures and a video of the march, which was seen by hundreds of drivers.

Historical Society Highlights Abt Associates Campus

Last October the Cambridge Historical Commission began releasing pictures and other documents highlighting the history of the former Abt Associates campus at 55 Wheeler St. The first batch of information consists of pictures and a brief history of the building. You can read more here.

Governor's 2020 Green Budget: A Very Long Way To Go- FAR from 1%

The Governor released his FY20 budget proposal earlier this month. Each of the four Green Budget priority line-items received an increase, but the total share of the state budget is still only 0.58%, far less than the 1% the governor campaigned on in 2014. We have a long way to go. More details are here.

Call and gather to prevent devastation and danger to the neighborhood

Neighbors and tree lovers are encouraged to fight to protect the unique trees at 55 Wheeler St by contacting City government officials and assembling for a rally on Monday, Feb 11th at 6:00pm. More information is on this flyer.

Retired engineer Clark Abt Critiques New Owner Plans

Highly knowledgeable professionals are discussing the questionable path chosen by 55 Wheeler St. developers in their December 2017 Design Plans to remove the trees in the courtyards at 55 Wheeler. You can read a letter from Clark Abt of Abt Associates here.

Photo by Max Pixel

National "Green New Deal" Proposed

A Green New Deal has been proposed that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis. You can read about it, and about the work of a recent climate justice workshop ("The Next Two Years and Beyond"), here.

City Update on Wheeler St Trees

While the city Tree Ordinance is in the midst of heated discussion, and the Council has not voted on the new Zondervan Amendment for permits for larger private property trees, nor agreed upon revision of the Tree Ordinance, with competent enforcements, a tree cutting moratorium must be in place to protect the rare large trees at the Wheeler St. arboretum here and elsewhere in the city. Read a letter from the DPW Commissioner to City Councilor Quinton Zondervan here.

Photo by Charlie Teague

Climate Change #1 Again in Cambridge at large gathering

Climate issues, as well as trees and parks, were ranked most important by neighborhood groups at a community forum held at the Citywide Senior Center on Saturday, January 12. You can read about the the forum here and read a response by FAR president Ellen Mass.

Photo by Stephanie Liu

Hanging Together Works: Two Little Pond Eagles

Regular visitor Stephanie Liu sent us a heartwarming video compilation of some of her pictures and videos of a pair of eagles at Little Pond to celebrate the new year. You can check it out here.

DCR offers Boston area winter holidays recreation

Winter is here, which means it’s time for adaptive outdoor adventures like cross-country skiing, sit-skiing, snowshoeing, kicksledding and ice skating! Check out the DCR's winter newsletter for more information.

City investigates transparency in Redgate and WestBrook Special Permit submissions

The City has finally taken steps, after intense public scrutiny and advocacy, to begin to investigate the omission of a Tree Study from the Special Permit for the proposed project at 55 Wheeler St. Letter to the councillors. Famed Clark Abt, founder of ABT Assoc., has also called for sparing courtyard trees.

Photo by Andrew Hobby

City and Envisioning Process Ignore Rare Arboretum

Can Redgate and WestBrook Partners misrepresent the existing tree canopy in their newly purchased arboretum as they did in the December 2017 Planning Board meeting? Can a building permit be given when an accurate tree study report has not been given or approved by the city arborist? FAR encourages these unanswered questions be pursued. Op-ed.

Combined Sewer Overflow in Alewife Brook on Nov 25

A Combined Sewer Overflow (when stormwater runoff and untreated sewage flow into a waterbody) occurred in Alewife Brook on November 25. These events contribute to the high bacterial load and generally poor water quality of Alewife Brook and Little River. You can read more here.

Photo by Stephanie Liu

Eagle Family Observations At Little Pond

Regular visitor Stephanie Liu recently captured some images of a family of bald eagles feeding at Little Pond. You can check out her pictures and read her observations here.

Fall Alewife Wildlife Walk

A Wildlife Walk is scheduled for Alewife Reservation on Saturday, November 10 from 1-3pm. The walk will be led by lifelong naturalist and wildlife tracker David Brown. Meet at the Acorn Park Drive parking lot. More details are in the flyer.

DCR Citizen Forester, November, 2018

The November 2018 issue of The Citizen Forester is here! The Citizen Forester is the monthly newsletter of the Massachusetts DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program.

In this issue:

  • Quickly Assessing Tree Canopy Cover
  • Species Spotlight: Dove TreeDavidia involucrata
  • Growing Greener – in Framingham
  • 2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest
  • Webcasts, Classes, Upcoming Conferences, Events, News, and more!
Tree massacre planned for Alewife Floodplain

Developer Westbrook Partners wants to build 526 units at 55 Wheeler St in Cambridge. The project, in its current form, will remove many beautiful trees, some over 60 years old. A building permit has not been issued yet, so we might still be able to get the design altered. Letter to the editor on Wheeler St Trees (including pictures).

Photo by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Natural Systems: Major mitigator of climate change

Natural ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, peatlands and oceans sequester billions of tons of carbon. Harming such ecosystems releases that stored carbon into the atmosphere. You can learn more about how these ecosystems help us, and how we can help them, here.



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