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Testing the Former Landfill

A portion of the North 40 was leased from Wellesley College and used by the Town of Wellesley from 1955 through 1960 as a municipal landfill.

 

ASTM PHASE I ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENT NORTH 40 - Haley & Aldrich: By 2006 the subject site is completely wooded with the exception of the community gardens and a small landscaped area around the on-site residence.

 

See more environmental reports on the Town of Wellesley North 40 Site Assessment Information Page.

Land Use Ideas from Public Visioning Sessions Leading up to Purchase

Purchase and Sale Agreement Between Wellesley College and Town of Wellesley

Article 6 Permitted Exceptions: Future Development Conditions

6.02 (a.) The Buyer will maintain in perpetuity no less than fifty percent (50%) of the total Property area as open space, which may include playing fields, wooded areas, paths and trails and other active and/or passive recreational areas and facilities. For the purposes hereof, the term “open space” may also include conservation land, forested land, recreation land, agriculture land, corridor parks and amenities such as small parks, green buffers along roadways, undeveloped land with particular conservation or recreation interest, or any open area that is owned by an agency or organization dedicated to conservation. Without limiting the foregoing, that portion of the Property that lies between Route 135 and the Cochituate Aqueduct (as each of the same currently exists) will remain in a wooded and natural condition, provided that this requirement will not be deemed to restrict periodic clearing of invasive vegetation and other care and maintenance measures that are consistent with sound forestry management practices;

 

(Note: The six acres located between Route 135 and the aqueduct will count towards the 50% open space requirement. Note also that open space can mean playing fields, and facilities to support the fields, such as bathrooms and parking lots.)

Explore the North 40 Weekend!

The Wellesley Conservation Council, Natural Resources Commission, and Wellesley Trails Committee are teaming up for two great ways to get outside and Explore the North 40 this weekend: 

Trail Walk:

Saturday, September 28th (10-11AM)

Explore the North 40 trails! Use the new boardwalk to visit the vernal pool, check out the community gardens, and hike though woodlands and a pine forest on this easy and enjoyable walk. Meet at the gate to Morses Pond, located at the end of Turner Road. Please park on the wooded side of Turner Road. Sponsored by Wellesley Trails Committee.

 

Bio Blitz:

Sunday, September 29th (1-2PM)

Calling citizen scientists of all ages! Help us inventory the bio-diversity at the North 40. Download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone, then photograph insects, plants, and animals. iNaturalist online scientists will identify, map, and record your findings for future research. Meet at the gate to Morses Pond, located on Turner Road. Please park on the wooded side of Turner Road. Presented by the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission and the Wellesley Conservation Council.

The North 40 was purchased in part with $10 million dollars of funding from the CPA. The Community Preservation Committee had a discussion of the North 40 deed restriction at its September 11 meeting.

Ribbon Cutting at the Vernal Pool

The skies cleared for a beautiful ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the boardwalk at the North 40 Vernal Pool, which provides both access and protection to this important resource. 

 

Selectman Jack Morgan and NRC Director Brandon Schmitt addressed the large crowd in attendance, and lead volunteer Bill Giezentanner had the honor of cutting the ribbon. The boardwalk was funded by the Community Preservation Act (CPA), and built with over 500 hours of volunteer labor.

 

See the video about the boardwalk here.

Vernal Pool Cleanup

Thanks to all of the volunteers who help to maintain this important resource area. Learn more and see photos.

(Spotted Salamander photo courtesy of Joy Marzolf)

Weston Road Gardens will soon be in bloom and bounty! Have a look.

There's even a video:

Congratulations!

Wellesley Selectman Barbara Searle and Wellesley College's Ben Hammond sign closing papers. Photo courtesy of Wellesley Townsman

Thank you!

Over 500 People Explored the North 40!

Raptors, Goats and You!

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

NRC's 10 Reasons to Preserve North 40
NRC N40 10 Reasons.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.1 MB]

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