A subcommittee of the Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association of Roslindale, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts

The buck is back!

posted Jul 9, 2015, 4:47 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

Our antlered friend has made another appearance in the wetlands. (Photo by Rob Torres)

Stag Party

posted Jun 16, 2015, 6:13 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

This impressive stag made a visit to the Roslindale Wetlands, perhaps to take advantage of the abundant greenery for his meal.

Trail Maintenance Day Set for May 9

posted Mar 23, 2015, 5:05 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

Think spring thoughts and plan to join with a team of volunteers from the Boston Bar Association for a day of trail maintenance in the wetlands on Friday, May 9, from 9:00 to noon. We will help remove invasive plants and spiff up the perimeter trail. Mark your calendars and meet us at the end of Hazelmere Street!

Wild grapes

posted Jul 6, 2014, 3:54 PM by Deb Beatty Mel   [ updated Jul 6, 2014, 3:57 PM ]

Spotted on an early July morning

Chipping away at trail maintenance

posted Apr 28, 2013, 5:36 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

Five hardy volunteers made some serious headway with trail maintenance yesterday, spreading wood chips to deter plant encroachment on the trail and to fill in wet areas. Nice work!

spreading wood chips on trail

Spring in the Wetlands

posted Apr 12, 2013, 3:32 AM by Deb Beatty Mel

It's sad to see a tree fall -- but here is one way of making lemons out of lemonade! This comfy (?) stump seat is one more reason to visit the Roslindale Wetlands this spring.

Take a walk around the perimeter trail -- and be on the lookout for info about an upcoming trail maintenance day.

Stormwater runoff from Sandy floods wetlands

posted Oct 30, 2012, 5:00 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

The importance of the Roslindale Wetlands in absorbing stormwater was evident today in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Flooding was evident throughout the area. Thankfully, the excess water has someplace to flow -- other than the neighbors' basements!

Developer renews proposal for multiple units on Roslindale Wetlands edge: Property values, density, safety, storm water management, conservation at issue

posted Oct 21, 2012, 5:58 PM by Deb Beatty Mel   [ updated Oct 22, 2012, 3:43 PM ]

This September, the owners of 104 Walter Street put forward a renewed residential construction proposal very similar to one proposed and rejected in 2005. They propose to build four two-family houses, a road/driveway network, and parking for 16+ cars. In 2005, Mayor Menino announced the withdrawal of a proposal for five two-family houses on this land. Furthermore, the owners agreed to convey one acre of unbuildable wetlands for conservation. (See our History page for details.)

Aware of the community’s strong past opposition, the owners of 104 Walter Street now speak of flexibility as to the number of units and a wish for consensus. But the fact remains that the community was promised in 2005 there would never be any future development on this land, and this renewed proposal is largely identical to 2003’s.

Concerns associated with the renewed proposal:
  • Increased flooding impact: Storm-water runoff from Peter’s Hill is sent to the wetlands via a storm water pipe that crosses the property at 104 Walter. Development on the property would aggravate periodic basement flooding in the neighborhood surrounding the wetlands. These photos from 2010 show how wet it can be in the area.
  • Increased risk of traffic accidents: The property exits onto Walter Street at a notoriously dangerous blind curve.  Many accidents have occurred there.
  • Risk to conservation land: The property abuts the Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild. The developer proposes to build high-density housing and extensive paved, supporting roadway in the wetlands buffer zone. This would negatively impact the fragile ecology of the Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild.
  • Downward pressures on property values: basement flooding, increase in already unsafe traffic flow, high-density building on green space, and substantial compromising of conservation land.

Public meetings at this time are premature, but we do need to hear your opinions. Please send us an email with your thoughts and concerns at RoslWetlands@aol.com.  Be sure to include your name, address, email (and phone number, if you wish).

Tree pruning workshop, Feb. 25

posted Feb 11, 2012, 1:39 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

The Boston Natural Areas Network is offering a free demonstration of tree pruning on Saturday, February 25, in Jamaica Plain. There's no cost, but preregistration is required. For details, visit http://bostonnatural.org/calendar.asp?M=2&D=25&Y=2012.

The Roslindale Wetlands now has a Facebook page! Post your photos of flora, videos of fauna, and other updates.

Boston Cares helps out with trail work

posted Oct 30, 2011, 5:58 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

Thanks to the team of volunteers from Boston Cares that helped out with trail work yesterday. We freed many restoration trees from strangling vines and cleared away fallen limbs and branches from Tropical Storm Irene that had damaged some restoration trees and blocked the trail. With a good crew, led by Paul Sutton of the city's parks department, we got a lot done in one morning. Thanks, one and all!

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