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1 FAR Annual Meeting January 31, 2008 Slideshow of Highlights of 2007

2 Community Involvement and Activities –Ecology Camps, Science Classroom –Stewardship and Community Service –Spiritual Practice/Gatherings –Art –Nature Inventory and Appreciation –Local History Current and Future of the Reservation –Silver Maple Forest –Muskrat Marsh –Storm water basin Constructed Wetland –DCR Master Plan implementation –Stewardship Challenges: Fire, Trash FAR Regrouping –October 25, 2007 Community representatives meet to discus future stewarding and educational activities

3 Ecology Camp, Summer 2007

4 10 youth, ages days a week, 7 weeks Youth Opportunities Boston, FAR partnered Skills learned water quality monitoring, trail maintenance, wetland restoration, environmental issues… Ecology Camp, Summer 2007

5 Brownsberger visits award picnic at camp

6 Supervisor Chernika Corbitt oversees YOB behavior at Camp

7 Cambridge Middle School Students Study Nature Curriculum at Alewife

8 Cambridge Public Schools third graders studying Habitats last June at Alewife Reservation. Three Cambridge schools were recipients of a grant funded program between CPS and Habitat Audubon.

9 Bird Blind Project by Advanced Science Class at Cambridge Ridge and Latin High School Julia J. Berg and Sumbul Siddiqui We observed 8 of the 20 most common bird species over a two week period. Our goal was to determine "How human presence (represented by a loud radio and surrounding urban area) affects the bird species population at Alewife Reservation?" We then asked, How does this compare to bird population with minimal human activity in the area, represented by a bird blind?

10 Youth Opportunites Boston Surveys Communters for the Uses of Alewife Reservation These surveys were taken around the Alewife Transportation Redline stop by Youth Opportunities Boston: Alandra Sheffield, Junior Polanco, Lillian Dias, Indira Tate, Alex Gaudette. Surveyed >200 people

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12 Montgomery and Watson at FAR Community Service Day

13 Excel Academy cleans Alewife Reservation — October 30, 2007 Stephanie Lee, Shannon Coyle, Teachers

14 Excel cleans Blair Pond with Ellen Mass

15 City Year event

16 Former Mayor Michael Sullivan, Ellen Mass FAR, and Leroy Heard YOB

17 Scouts, Arlington Troop 302

18 Bill Ackerly, Stewart Sanders, Ellen Mass, Mark Kirk put up boxes with DCR built boxes throughout Reservation

19 City of Cambridge/FAR partner on Drain Project with Eagle Scouts on Drain Stencil Project. City Brochure made.

20 Annual Solstice and Vernal Equinox Ritual Service, 1 st Parish UU Cambridge

21 Redwood Forest Advocate, Andy Barnet. Concert and Festival to benefit Silver Maple Forest

22 NEW Poster of the Alewife Arts Mural for $10. The gorgeous 18x24 inch high resolution color mural poster is primarily of the western end of the Reservation, spotlighting the ecosystems of the Reservation.

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24 Sara Leon presents art show at Habitat Audubon Society in Belmont. Alewife Reservation paintings. Proceeds to benefit forest campaign.

25 FAR Biodiversity Book, Biodiversity in th Alewife Reservation Area, includes maps.

26 FAR sponsors annual Edible Wild Plant Walks. Annual Mushroom walk by Boston Mushroom Club.

27 Dave Brown Wildlife Walk

28 One of many Peter Alden walks, Author of Audubon Guidebooks of New England

29 Fauna and Flora Dave Brown 2008, New Survey findings # SpeciesCoordinatesEvidenceBehavior 1Red fox E/ N TracksUndetermined 2E. coyote E/ N Scent mark Marking 3River otter E/ N Haul out, scat Eliminating 4River otter E/ N Haul out, scat Eliminating 5River otter E/ N Haul out, scat Eliminating 6River otter E/ N Haul out, scat Eliminating 7Red fox E/ N TracksUndetermined 8E. coyote E/ N TracksHunting 9E. coyote E/ N TracksHunting 10Gray fox E/ N TracksHunting 11Fisher E/ N TracksHunting 12Bird of prey E/ N Pluck siteFeeding on bird kill

30 Redwood Forest Advocate, Andy Barnet. Concert and Festival to benefit Silver Maple Forest

31 NEW Poster of the Alewife Arts Mural for $10. The gorgeous 18x24 inch high resolution color mural poster is primarily of the western end of the Reservation, spotlighting the ecosystems of the Reservation.

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33 Sara Leon presents art show at Habitat Audubon Society in Belmont. Alewife Reservation paintings. Proceeds to benefit forest campaign.

34 FAR Biodiversity Book, Biodiversity in th Alewife Reservation Area, includes maps.

35 Deer photos at Alewife by Monotomy birder

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40 Otter Tracks

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45 Huestis-Hill Farm at Uplands: Oldest farm in Belmont

46 Silver Maple Preservation Current View Planned Development

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48 Rare Woodland Habitat

49 Silver Map Forest Key Advancements in Legislative action in behalf of forest, HB21 2.Civil Action Suit against zoning board decision 3.Regional postcard acquisition request to Govenor Patrick (1500) 4.State House Hearing (above), testimony by legislators, FAR, and others 5.Tidelands status of uplands challenged at DEP 6.Lawn signs distributed in Belmont

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51 View of Alewife Reservation and Woodlands

52 Muskrat Marsh Improvement Lesley University Bulfinch Company U.S. Dept. Agriculture Reginal Conservation Commissions Neighbors groups Massachusets Wetlands Restoration Program Horsley and Whitten, Environmental Services Volunteer Engineer

53 FAR receives MA Wetlands restoration program Priority list

54 FAR organizes Five agency and group partners work 2005 on Muskrat Marsh Studies

55 City of Cambridge Stormwater Wetland at Alewife Reservation. Constuction Planned 2009

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57 DCR Master Plan, waiting for design plan and implementation

58 DCR’s Alewife Brook West Bank Greenway Plan, 2007

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60 Meeting with FAR, DCR Commissioner Rick Sullivan, others. Called by Rep. Brownsberger.

61 Pictures from Charles River Reservation in Watertown. Our dream of boardwalks, observation platforms, signs, and benches.

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63 West Cambridge Highlands area Blair Pond on Belmont Border neglected. Turning to Mud Flats

64 Fire Size of baseball field south of Little River, April 2006

65 Dumping at Silver Maple Forest

66 Taskforce Restructuring 14 interesting groups respond to FAR call for expanding and restructuring Schools/Education Art Wetlands Restoration Forest Preservation Recreational Access Wildlife Projects Research Stewardship

67 FAR raises $12,000 at Summer Shack for Mural Project

68 You are needed to help with FAR and the Reservation’s path into the future


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