WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Open Spaces Morses Pond open spaces became a concern to some perceptive local citizens. One of the first land trusts in the state to address conservation was the Weston Forest and Trail Association (WF&TA) established in 1955, coincidentally the same year the town purchased 147 acres for the creation of the Jericho Town Forest. Wellesley too was prompted into action by a population quickly doubling in size, and in 1958 the Wellesley Conservation Council (WCC) was incorporated. Over the next 20 years the WCC was respon- sible for the acquisition of over 90 acres of conservation land. Both these early land trusts continue to this day to preserve, protect, maintain, and educate the public regarding conservation. In 1980 Wellesley established the Natural Resources Commission (NRC)—unique in Massachusetts—to set environmental policy, planning, and management to ensure that the town's natural resources and open spaces are preserved and protected. A plan for a town trails network was begun in the early 1990s when the NRC appointed a Trails Committee with the vision of connecting neighborhoods via a net- work of accessible walking and biking paths. Wellesley Today According to Miguel Lessing, Chairman of the Wellesley Trails Committee, there are 40 miles of trails passing through conservation land, parks, woodland, and open spaces crossing town and state land 108 as well as the colleges, Babson, Olin, and Wellesley. Lessing and his Vice Chair Denny Nackoney believe that the best view is from the Centennial Reservation Trail where, from the top of Maugus Hill, one can look toward the south and see the Great Blue Hills in Canton and, to the east, the Boston sky- line. This 42-acre reservation composed of rolling meadows and woodland was the town's gift to itself for its centennial celebration and is certainly worthy of exploration. If you think geology rocks (pun intended), a short walk away is the Town Forest with a unique natural feature, an "esker," which is a ridge formed by a glacial deposit of sand and gravel. The eponymously named trail runs along the top of the esker, rising a steep 80 feet above Longfellow Pond. Another feature worth the walk is along the Sudbury Trail, which follows the Sudbury Aqueduct crossing an amazing 500-foot-long series of stone arches that rise 50 feet above the Waban Brook. Built in 1876, the Waban Arches were used to deliver water to Boston. If a scenic summer stroll is what you desire, the Crosstown Trail along the shore of Morses Pond will gratify your soul. Covering 113 acres of diverse wildlife habitats and cool pine forests, it is a picture-perfect route to explore on a summer day. Jutting into the pond are Pickle Point, a serene spot filled with oaks, maples, and other native plants; and Pine Point which, as the name suggests, is a white pine forest where the air is WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 MORSES POND BY ART DONAHUE ; EMB LEM BY BETH FURMAN

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