Newton Conservators spring events in Chestnut Hill

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Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am
Walk Around the Waban Hill Reservoir
Reservoir Drive and Woodlawn Drive intersection
Come take a short walk around the Waban Hill Reservoir site, the City’s newest open space, purchased this past spring using Community Preservation Act funds. Once a backup reservoir to the state’s water supply system, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) deemed it unnecessary and disconnected it prior to the sale. This 5-acre parcel in Chestnut Hill now falls under the jurisdiction of the Newton Parks and Recreation Department while the Newton Conservators hold its conservation restriction, ensuring it remains a passive park in perpetuity. The reservoir’s dam is steep but its water is entirely fenced for public safety and the pedestrian entry on Manet Road is accessible, leading to a level 1/4 miles walk on grass. Leader is Carol Schein, City of Newton’s Open Space Coordinator (617-796-1507).
Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.
Webster Woods Walk
Meet at the end of Warren Street
Come and hopefully see the beautiful Lady’s Slipper orchids during a 90 minute walk through the Newton Webster Conservation area, including the Vale and Bare Pond. Leader: BU Professor of Plant Ecology and life-long Newton resident Richard Primack (617-332-1684).
Sunday, June 12, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Houghton Garden/Webster Invasives Pull
Meet opposite 210 Suffolk Road
We are tackling garlic mustard and black swallow-wort near the entrance of Houghton Garden where it borders the T Track crossing to Webster Woods and near the deer park. Help us keep these invatders out of Houghton Garden! Leader is Katherin Howard, 617-527-1796 (home) or 617-721-2571 (cell).
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Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
Houghton Garden Fern Walk
Meet at the intersection of Suffolk Road and Woodman Road
This garden remains from the Houghton Estate and is now owned by Newton. The garden, lightly managed now, retains a variety of flowering plans and a surprising diversity of ferns. We will see more than a dozen fern species and one club-moss. Leader: Don Lubin (617-254-8464)

Newton Conservators Event: Fern Walk at Webster Woods

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On Saturday, June 20, the Newton conservators will host a nature walk in the Chestnut Hill.


The Webster and Cohen Conservation areas and the DCR Reservation form a large wooded expanse that stretches from the shopping malls of Route 9 almost to Newton Centre.The woods extend on both sides of Hammond Pond Parkway and both sides of the MBTA Riverside tracks and are home to 20 species of ferns and related plants.We will visit the southeast corner near Hammond Pond and see about a dozen kinds of ferns.Wear long plants to protect against poison ivy and bugs. If you have a hand lens, bring it. Bring any native fern you would like identified. Park and meet near the woods behind the shopping center, between the pond and Hammond Pond Parkway.

Trip Leader: Don Lubin, (617-254-8464),

For more information about Newton Conservators spring events, visit their website and view their spring events flyer.

Newton Conservators Walk in Webster Woods, October 26

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The Newton Conservators will host a walk in the Webster Conservation Area in Chestnut Hill on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 pm. The walk will explore the parklands on the north side of the tracks, including the former “deer park” and a rock outcrop offering distant views.  The walk will begin at Hammond Pond and will consider DCR’s imminent construction of a floating walkway. Meet at the DCR parking lot behind The Street – Chestnut Hill, off Route 9. For more information visite the Newton Conservator’s webpage. 

DCR files for liscence to install floating walkway, hydro-raking at Hammond Pond

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The Massachussetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has filed with the Waterways Regulation Program for a liscence to (1) install a floating walkway on Hammond Pond and (2) perform hydro raking of aquatic vegetation in the pond.

View the liscence notification and more information here: Publc Notice of Waterways Liscense Application No. w14-4074

Hammond Pond Floating Walkway Update

DCR has filed an Appeal of the Newton Conservation Committee’s Denial of the Rudyak Family Floating Walkway.  The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be reviewing the Appeal and will have representatives at Hammond Pond later this month do a site visit to review the DCR/Rudyak’s Plan and it’s environmental impact.  The CHA will keep you updated as to any developments in this regard.

Hammond Pond Project to go before conservation commission Sept. 27

The discussion of the proposed boardwak project at Hammond Pond will be renewed at the Conservation Commission meeting on Thursday, September 27th at approximately 7:45 pm in Room 209 at City Hall. The discussion will be a continuation of the meeting on July 26. The proposal includes converting existing trail to impervious surface and constructing a 10,000 sq ft boardwalk in the pond (land under water body).

View the full agenda for the meeting here.

View some of our previous coverage of this process here.