Friends of the North 40
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Vernal Pool on the North 40, located at the corner of Weston and Turner Roads in Wellesley, MA

Vernal Pools are protected habitat under State and local laws:

Wellesley Wetlands Protection Committee

Wellesley Wetlands Protection ByLaw, Article 44

Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and Regulations


From Mass Dept of Energy and Environmental Affairs:

Vernal pools are unique wildlife habitats best known for the amphibians and invertebrate animals that use them to breed. Vernal pools, also known as ephemeral pools, autumnal pools, and temporary woodland ponds, typically fill with water in the autumn or winter due to rainfall and rising groundwater and remain ponded through the spring and into summer.

Summer '17 - Vernal Pool Cleanup

Destructive Bittersweet vines are no match for our vernal pool volunteers! In the past few weeks, these dedicated residents have removed hundreds of invasive plants such as burning bush, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard, and Bitterswee from the banks of the vernal pool at Turner and Weston Roads. Thank you to members of the Wellesley Conservation Council, Inc., Friends of the North 40 and others.

September 2016 Vernal Pool Cleanup

These volunteers worked through one of the hottest and most humid days of the summer to clear away invasive vines and plants in order to keep this vital town resource functioning.

July 2015 Vernal Pool Cleanup

Vernal Pool Cleanup:  
On July 3rd, 2015, members of the Wellesley Conservation Council and the Friends of the North 40 conducted a cleanup of the North 40 vernal pool, located at the corner of Weston and Turner Roads. ​​The permit for the cleanup, a protected habitat under Massachusetts laws and town bylaws, was granted by Wellesley Wetlands Protection Administrator Pam Helenick after a site visit was performed.

Debris removed from the vernal pool included three tires, a rusted hockey net, pucks, balls, bike handlebars, large pieces of wood, pull-top beer cans circa 1970's, broken bottles and various other litter. Much of the trash, including the tires, was recycled at the RDF.

Several varieties of animal prints were identified at the pool's edge, including deer and raccoon. This spring the tiny "night peepers" were heard. Learn what species can only live in a vernal pool and why vernal pools are protected.

Thank you, volunteers, for braving the muck and bugs to clean this important natural resource!


The North 40 was purchased in part with $10 million dollars of funding from the CPA. The Community Preservation Committee has proposed the acreage to be under deed restriction to the Select Board. Watch the discussion from the November 14 Select Board meeting starting at 1hour 26minutes.

The Wellesley Trails Committee submitted a Statement on Protecting the North 40 to Town Boards. Read it here:

Trails Committee Statement on Protecting[...]
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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:


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
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