A Year of Growth in the Wetlands

Post date: Jan 7, 2009 2:44:14 AM

With 2008 now behind us, we can point to some impressive accomplishments in the Roslindale Wetlands over the past year. A total of 74 trees were planted during two planting days in the spring and fall. Fifty-three of those trees were planted in October, thanks to the efforts of Grow Boston Greener and the City of Boston's Urban Wilds Initiative. During the summer, a Youth Conservation Crew team completed a significant clean-up effort and constructed a trail. The Boston Natural Areas Network helped to recruit and support the team, while the City's Urban Wilds Initiative planned and supervised trail construction and work to remove invasive plants. Great progress has been made to move the wetlands away from their formerly neglected state and restore them to a pleasant urban oasis. Thanks to everyone who helped clean up, plant, organize, and advocate!

The tree species planted this fall include tupelo (nyssa sylvatica), red maple (acer rubrum), swamp oak (quercus bicolor), black birch (betula lenta), autumn witch hazel (hamamelis virginiana), hackberry (celtis occidentalis), tulip tree (liriodendron tulipfera), striped maple (acer pensylvanica), apple (malus ssp.), sweet birch (betula lenta), river birch (betula nigra), and redbud (cercis canadensis). Even in their sleepy winter state, the leafless branches provide habitat for birds and cast angular shadows.