Alewife Autumn Amble

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) along with the Friends of Alewife Reservation (FAR) organized a walk through a lesser-traveled path of the reservation on Saturday morning.  Led by DCR ranger Maggi Brown with help from Friends president Ellen Mass, the group of about 15 of us who showed up were taken about 2 miles along the Little River up to the Silver Maple Forest.

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There is a paved path for bikers and strollers which is where most visitors wind up exploring the area.  Going in the opposite direction the path is more rugged and narrow and the feeling is more secluded.  We learned that a parcel of land right up against the reservation is nearly approved for a box store which the Friends worry will impact the natural drainage and wetlands.  Similarly, the Silver Maple Forest falls partially on reservation land and partially on private property.  The latter is being considered for condo development.

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The Friends spend a lot of effort advocating to protect the park but unfortunately they appear to be losing the battle for the Silver Maple Forest.  We also learned about the work being done to curb some of the invasive plant species.

To get to the reservation by public transportation, take the red line to the end at Alewife.  It is about a 15 minute walk from there.  Leaving the station by way of the passenger pickup/drop off exit, turn right onto the Alewife Station Access Road.  After less than a quarter-mile, on the opposite side of the street, is the pedestrian walkway leading for about a half mile to the reservation entrance.

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