“Save the Wildlife Habitat for Belmont, Cambridge and Arlington” Thursday Bike Ride Update

“Save the Wildlife Habitat for Belmont, Cambridge and Arlington” Thursday Bike Ride Update

Join the Bike Ride Event October 21, 2010. Click on this link:


It's not too late to participate! Meet for the event and get sponsors later. See the following:

A reminder for our events Tomorrow and Saturday:

Tomorrow night at 5 PM – Meet us at the Alewife T Stop to register and ride around the Alewife Reservation to Save the Silver Maple Forest. We’ll have maps for everyone. After the first leg of our trip, we’ll enjoy an Edible Plant walk with noted specialist David Craft. After our ride, we’ll head to the Alewife Bertucci’s for dinner!

More information for riders, walkers and sponsors available at our website: http://www.friendsofalewifereservation.org/events.htm

Saturday is our Annual Meeting, followed by the Panel Discussion – Beyond the Local Ordinance: Nature Has Definable Rights. Annual Meeting is at 1 PM, the Panel Discussion will follow from 3-5 PM. Both are held in the Mandela Room of the Democracy Center in Harvard Square. More information is found at our website: http://www.friendsofalewifereservation.org/events.htm

We look forward to seeing you there!

Rick Richards

Office and Outreach Coordinator

Friends of Alewife Reservation

(617) 415- 1884

Please blog your heart out at save-the-maple-forest@googlegroups.com


The Friends of Alewife Reservation is a part of the Mass Trails initiative currently being implemented, with new bike trails going from Bedford to the Atlantic Ocean. While we’re excited to be able to participate in this project, we’re also concerned about a number of issues going on here in Alewife.

I’m writing today to invite you to two very timely events in the month of October. As some of you may know, it is a critical time for the Alewife Reservation, as plans to develop the priceless Silver Maple Forest continue to move forward despite our best efforts to stop them. Conservation, though, isn’t just a matter for the courts – the continued existence of our ‘true urban wild’ depends on your engagement with the land!

It is with this in mind that we invite you to our Dusk Bike Ride around the Alewife Reservation on October 21st at 5 PM (walkers are welcome too!). We’ll stop by the Silver Maple Forest for a walk with noted Edible Plant Specialist David Craft and then continue on to the Alewife Summer Shack, were a nourishing meal will await our noble riders!

We ask that riders raise $100 (or best offer) in support of their ride around our embattled landscape. You’ll find a map, directions, and sponsor forms online at www.friendsofalewifereservation.org .

Additionally, we invite you to a Panel Discussion - Beyond the Local Ordinance: Nature Has Definable Rights. Noted Wetlands Scientist for the Silver Maple Forest, Charles Katuska, and Gail Darrel of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (a PA Law Firm) will speak from 3-5 PM on Saturday, October 23rd. Charles will speak to the functions and values of the Belmont Uplands project site and potential impact to the Mystic River watershed. Gail’s organization is currently enjoying great success challenging similar building projects using the US Constitution and other fundamental national documents.

It is sure to be an intensely educational and thought-provoking afternoon at Democracy Center in Harvard Square. More information is found on our website and in the attached flyer.

We look forward to welcoming you to this truly unique property. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know by calling our office at 617-415-1884 or emailing info@friendsofalewifereservation.org .

Thank you,

Rick Richards
Office and Outreach Coordinator
Friends of Alewife Reservation
(617) 415- 1884

Contact Legislators:
Legislators Whose Districts are directly on Mystic River: all phone numbers are 617-722-four digits below
Rep.RobertDeleo@hou.state.ma.us 2500
Rep.PaulDonato@hou.state.ma.us 2090
Rep.ChristopherFallon@hou.state.ma.us 2430
Patricia.Jehlen@state.ma.us 1578
Rep.BradleyJones@hou.state.ma.us 2100
Rep.JayKaufman@hou.state.ma.us 2320
Rep.GeneOFlaherty@hou.state.ma.us 2396
Rep.DeniseProvost@hou.state.ma.us 2210
Rep.KathiAnneReinstein@hou.state.ma.us 2783
Rep.CarlSciortino@hou.state.ma.us 2400
Bruce.Tarr@state.ma.us 1600
RichardTisei@state.ma.us 1206
Rep.AliceWolf@hou.state.ma.us 2380
Anthony.Petruccelli@state.ma.us 1634
Rep.Stephen.Smith@hou.state.ma.us 2400
Rep.CarloBasile@hou.state.ma.us 2637
Rep.KatherineClark@hou.state.ma.us 2220
Rep.SeanGarballey@hou.state.ma.us 2400
Rep.WilliamBrownsberger@hou.state.ma.us 2676
Rep.JasonLewis@hou.state.ma.us 2060
Sal.DiDomenico@state.ma.us 1650
Kenneth.Donnelly@state.ma.us 1432

Legislators or their replacements from old list (not sure why they are on list)Maybe a bit of their districts hits river or in watershed.
Rep.MarkFalzone@hou.state.ma.us 2020
Rep.MartyWalz@hou.state.ma.us 2070
Susan.Fargo@state.ma.us 1572
Rep.ThomasStanley@hou.state.ma.us 2810
StevenTolman@state.ma.us 1280
Rep.JamesMiceli@hou.state.ma.us 2460
Rep.CharlesMurphy@hou.state.ma.us 2990
Rep.AaronMichlewitz@hou.state.ma.us 2489
Rep.JonathanHecht@hou.state.ma.us 2140

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Thanks for the info Ernie. I connected Ellen telling her I was not able to give money but offered my time volunteering. She told me help is welcome handing out flyers Wednesdays at 5:30 near the Alewife Rotary. Thought I would get that out there. Hildy