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Posted on: March 5, 2019

NRC Plans for Forest Future

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The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has developed a new management plan to preserve and enhance the 137-acre Town Forest and protect the native bird populations living there. 

The Forest Stewardship and Bird Habitat Plan was created as part of the Commonwealth’s Division of Conservation and Recreation Working Forest Initiative, and in consultation with Mass Audubon. The Town Forest spans the Charles River in eastern Wellesley into Needham and surrounds Longfellow Pond and Rosemary Brook.

The plan outlines recommendations to help ensure the long term viability of the forest and aims to increase wildlife value, ensure water quality protection, promote passive recreational opportunities, and enhance forest productivity.   

To achieve these goals, the plan requires some invasive species removal and selective tree thinning to promote seedling growth and enhance wild bird habitat. 

Work on the NRC forest management plan will take place in March and be performed by professional arborists from the Department of Public Works (DPW) Park and Tree Division.

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