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A massive appartment project proposed for 55 Wheeler St is currently under review and threatens several rare, precious trees. Sadly, we have seen this scenario before. Behind Cambridge Park Drive, the once beautiful Silver Maple Forest was bulldozed and the newly built residences of over a thousand units are bereft of trees. The few trees remaining at 55 Wheeler St. behind CVS at Fresh Pond are some of the only ones left at the oasis of former ABT Associates, a world renowned environmental business which made evaluation reports for other businesses in clarifying environmental risk factors for health and safety of citizens. The new owner plans to cut down most of the old trees, including rare trees in the center court yard.

Photos below show several of the trees on the large 3 acre former ABT property in the Alewife Floodplain Overlay District (AOD). Their removal would add to a barren unprotected floodplain. Climate and Development Reports by the city are soon to be concluded. These photos may assist in deciding whether to give the new developer an official building permit or not. Hopefully, enforcement of the City of Cambridge Tree Ordinance and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87 will prevent the removal of these rare and valuable trees.

Photos by Douglas Brown

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The Alewife Reservation is a unique natural resource for the communities of Belmont, Arlington and Cambridge and home to hundreds of species, including hawks, coyotes beavers, snapping turtles, wild turkeys and muskrats, the reservation is a unique natural resource for the community.
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Friends of Alewife Reservation works to protect and restore this wild area and the surrounding area for the water quality, native plants, animals and over 90 bird species with paths for walking, running and biking, recreation, and for classroom education and research. We regularly steward and preserve the Reservation area for wildlife and for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

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