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A look at this delicate ecosystem on the edge of Cambridge: Ellen Mass of Friends of the Alewife Reservation
Ellen Mass and Susan Fleischmann

"In this episode of Not for Nothin', I interview Ellen Mass of the Friends of the Alewife Reservation about this precious open space that straddles Cambridge, Arlington and Belmont. Development is threatening to destroy the reservation, situated on the Mystic River Watershed, which is home to irreplaceable flora and fauna." -Susan Fleischmann

WGBH special on Silver Maple Forest
WGBH special on Silver Maple Forest (article at wgbh.org)
Silver Maple Forest
Silver Maple Forest video
Far Forum Spring 2013
FAR Forum Sprint 2013
Opening and Celebration of the Alewife Constructed Wetlands - November 2, 2013
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Silver Maple Forest Concert
Silver Maple Forest Concert
Hoola Hoop Light Show
Hoola Hoop Light Show

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Forest and Park Friends Network

winter wildlife walk Presentation Spotlighting Alewife Reservation
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Aggregated by David Landskov of Sustainable Arlington and FAR board member.
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About Friends of Alewife Reservation

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.
Historical information (Powerpoint)

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.

photo of nature walk

About Friends of Alewife Reservation
Statement of Purpose
Virtual Tour
Right now, view the wildlife-rich North Trail of Alewife Reservation.
MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Master Plan for Alewife Reservation
Citizen Forester newsletter archive
History of Cambridge
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The Birds of the Cambridge Region of Massachusetts

by William Brewster 1906
Nuttal Ornithological Society

Biodiversity Study of Alewife Reservation Area: Species, Habitat, Ecosystems

Inventories by David Brown, wildlife assessor (2003, 2004.) Published by and available from FAR for $10. Write or call for your copy. (sample)

Updated Dave Brown Inventories (2008, 2010)

Inventories of Alewife Reservation Wetland Plants by Walter Kittredge, Botanist (2013)