Friends of the North 40
 Friends of the North 40   

Location, Location, Location

The North 40 is contiguous to Morses Pond, making this area an important wildlife corridor.

The North 40's forty-six acres form a triangle bounded by Central Street, Weston Road and Turner Road in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

 

The North 40 holds the following attributes:

  • Located over an aquifer

  • Part of a Zone II Water Supply Protection District

  • Valuable ecosystem (which includes a vernal pool)

  • Large wildlife corridor (contiguous to Morses Pond)

  • Part of our Town's valued trails system

  • Hosts community gardens

  • Provides passive recreation to residents

  • Enjoyed by the public for decades.

This map shows that the North 40 is in a Groundwater Resource Area for Wellesley drinking water wells. The underground aquifers are shown in grey and pink. 

This Open Space Map shows current land use. The dark green and dark purple areas are Town and State owned Article 97 protected lands. See the legend below for more information. (Please note this map does not show the pending purchase of the North 40.) More information about open space data can be found in this Natural Resources Commission Report.

Wellesley Open Space Map

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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