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.
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.
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 had a discussion of the North 40 deed restriction at its September 11 meeting.
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.
There's even a video:
Over 500 People Explored the North 40!
Frank Lloyd Wright