We are sad to report that the Silver Maple trees at the development site on the Belmont Uplands have been cut, despite fierce opposition, even though the building permit has yet to be issued by the Town of Belmont. At this time we are asking all concerned to join the Silver Maple Forest Alliance, consisting of Green Cambridge, Friends of Alewife Reservation, faculty members at Lesley University, Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge activists, 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. Although the trees have been cut, we will continue to fight for preserving the land as open space forever. Please join us as we try to protect our health and safety by preserving this important ecosystem that is ecologically a part of the Alewife Reservation. Thank you for heeding this call!