We have received first hand information, including detailed drawings and work schedules, indicating that the developer is moving forward with clear cutting the forest in October. At this time we are asking all concerned to join Green Cambridge, Friends of Alewife Reservation and many others to stand up against this unwarranted destruction of nature. Of course we support development of housing for human beings, but we cannot afford to build housing at the expense of nature.
The Silver Maple Forest provides valuable ecosystem services including flood protection and protection against the urban heat island effect, all of which are urgently needed in the age of climate change. Our friends at Lesley University have carefully documented the immense monetary value these services represent to our communities.
Please check friendsofalewifereservation.org as well as our calendar for upcoming events. Please sign-up here to volunteer for the Honk! parade and other upcoming events. We must now join together in defense of the trees and animals who not only deserve a place to live, but also help us live better and safer. Thank you for heeding this call!