The Friends of
1094 Chestnut Street
Welcome to the Home Page of the
of Hemlock Gorge Reservation
, a community organization dedicated to preserving and
improving Hemlock Gorge.
Hemlock Gorge, a 23-acre reservation along the Charles River, is a jewel of the Eastern Massachusetts Metropolitan Parks System, conceived by Charles Eliot in 1892 and currently managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
|News & Announcements|
Congratulations to Site Supervisor Erica Aubin and her husband on the birth of their daughter Mallory Joyce Aubin on March 24th!
Our 2013 Spring Cleanup went well, though our invited guests were unable to attend. Most folks seemed to think that putting a fence like that near the new spillway should be our next project. We'll try to post some photos.
Next Regular Meeting
Our next regular meetings will be
May 7 and Tuesday June 4, 2013.
Meet at the Emerson Community Center on Pettee Street at 7:30 p.m.
To read the minutes of our April meeting,
Friends' Summer Picnic
The 2013 summer picnic will take place Tuesday
August 6 from 6 p.m. to dusk at Hamilton Place, off Central
Avenue/Elliot Street, Needham, MA. There will be music by Broken
Rose, courtesy of Karen Osborn Shanley, a grill, and absolutely perfect weather. Bonnie
Pearson will get everything organized, Brian will give a speech, and everyone
will leave full of inspiration and
memories of good food, good friendship, and fun by the Charles River.
So save the date.
Friends' Summer Picnic
The 2013 summer picnic will take place Tuesday August 6 from 6 p.m. to dusk at Hamilton Place, off Central Avenue/Elliot Street, Needham, MA. There will be music by Broken Rose, courtesy of Karen Osborn Shanley, a grill, and absolutely perfect weather. Bonnie Pearson will get everything organized, Brian will give a speech, and everyone will leave full of inspiration and memories of good food, good friendship, and fun by the Charles River. So save the date.
Feast in the Falls
Seana Gaherin and her volunteer committee are moving forward with plans for an Upper Falls Residents outdoor luncheon to be held on June 2. Details to follow.
Spillway Dam Repair
dam is completed and the dedication was held in late November. The
efforts of the Friends were recognized and President Brian Yates was
an invited speaker.
The dam is completed and the dedication was held in late November. The efforts of the Friends were recognized and President Brian Yates was an invited speaker.
Great New Resource
Melissa Moody, a Girl Scout working with Site Supervisor Erica Aubin, has put in place a remarkable signage project running along the Quinobequin Road trail, downstream of Hemlock Gorge. Instead of static signposts, she has installed interactive signage with QR barcodes. Go have a look and bring your smartphone and QR barcode reader. Itís the future of nature trails, and we should plan something similar for Hemlock Gorge, perhaps with the Troop 242 Boy Scouts. Melissa's website is www.qbqtrail.org Very Impressive!
The Stone Building windows and screens are installed. See pictures to
the right and below. We are planning a dedication event for the
spring, probably in April.
The Stone Building windows and screens are installed. See pictures to the right and below. We are planning a dedication event for the spring, probably in April.
New Windows. View from inside the Stone Barn
The installed windows
2012 Fall Cleanup
The Friends of Hemlock Gorgeís Annual Fall Cleanup was on Saturday October 27, 9 to Noon. and it was a huge success. We had more then two dozen volunteers, including many from the Upper Falls Buddhist Temple. Materials and tools were supplied for all volunteers. Refreshments were again generously provided after the clean up by Seana Gaherin. For a photo album of the event when available click here.
Adelgid News from Bob Burke
Stone Building Windows: Great News
Windows are fabricated and have been installed! As soon as the prtective screens are put in front of them, we will be able to see and enjoy them--probably before 2013. Of course, we'll have to have a party to celebrate and thank the Sangiolos for their generous support of this much delayed project.
Friends' Summer Picnic
The 2012 summer picnic took place Tuesday August 7 from 6 p.m. to dusk at Hamilton Place, off Central Avenue/Elliot Street, Needham, MA. There was a huge crown, music by Broken Rose, courtesy of Karen Osborn Shanley, a grill that got a lot of use, and absolutely perfect weather. Bonnie Pearson got everything organized, Brian gave a speech, the folks up for election stayed away, and everyone left full of inspiration and memories of good food, good friendship, and fun by the Charles River.
Newton Tab Editorial
Friends' activist Jerry Reilly has had an editorial printed in the Newton Tab. Very nice.
Friends of Hemlock Gorgeís Annual Spring Cleanup took place on
Saturday April 21 and was a big success. We had more than 30
volunteers on a perfectly wonderful spring day. We extend our thanks
to everyone who volunteered, to the DCR staff and Site Supervisor
Erica Aubin who provided support, and to Dunn-Gaherin's Restaurant who
generously provided lunches for the volunteers. For a photo album of
the event when available
Website enhancements planned
After much delay, we hope to update our website appearance, to link it
with Facebook, to use it for keeping up the Friends membership list
and paying dues. Stay tuned. Volunteers wishing to help are welcome.
Website enhancements planned
After much delay, we hope to update our website appearance, to link it with Facebook, to use it for keeping up the Friends membership list and paying dues. Stay tuned. Volunteers wishing to help are welcome.
The "Memory House" at Hemlock Gorge
Friends member Bob Burke not too long ago wrote a lovely guest columnist article about Hemlock Gorge and the Friends' activities that has appeared in the Newton Tab. Highly recommended. Click here to read it.
The new landscaping at the stone building
The new spillway dam.
Windows are in. Note the frames in place. Screens and dedication coming.
Echo Bridge in Summer
Click for a larger image
2012 Annual Report
Our 2012 Annual Year-End Report to Members is available online. Click here to read it.
Older News Stories
General Reservation News:
We have moved older Echo Bridge stories that have appeared on our web site to our Archive of News Stories. This is where you will find news of awards, encroachment, politics and such. For news about key concerns of the Friends like the adelgids, Echo Bridge, and the Stone Building are below.
The is little to report about the reservation itself in the first half of 2011, but downstream, in Waban, there has been trouble with the trails along the river. See an opinion article and accompanying blog by Jerry Reilly and a front page news article, both in the Newton Tab.
Some members of the Friends who visited the Arnold Arboretum this spring we surprised to see Hemlock Hill still populated with healthy appearing tall trees free of adelgids. It was particularly surprising because the Arboretum, unlike the Friends, had decided to take no steps to arrest the infestation of the adelgids. Bob Burke made additional inquiry for us, and here is his report:
"I finally heard back from the folks at Arnold Arboretum. Two people actually got back to me and their stories were identical and not particularly hopeful. They concured that the Wooly Adelgid infestation seems to have been halted or at least arrested over the past two years, but they attribute this almost entirely to the very cold, icy winters we have been experiencing. This has killed off a very significant part of the population. Unfortunately, they do not expect this to continue if future winters return to anything like normal. They have decided not to try and control the problem with any type of chemical substances because it is very expensive and the results would be very uncertain."
We have moved older adelgid stories that have appeared on our web site to: Archive of adelgid news stories. We have archived the entire saga of the adelgids' appearance, our efforts to pass legislation to combat them, the release of the predator ladybugs in 2001, and follow up analyses in the Friends' Adelgid News Stories Archive. Below are some highlights and links.
The Arnold Arboretum's Response to the Adelgid (Winter 2005) Click here to view the story.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Website (January 2005) The USDA Forest Service now has a website dedicated to the woolly adelgid. The site includes all the of the USDA's newsletters on the pest, pictures, and a great deal of technical information. Interestingly, the Forest Service is looking at several different control insects, not just the P. tsugae ladybugs we released. Click here to go the to US Forest Service adelgid website.
Mark McClure, who was a leader in adelgid research and discovered "our" ladybugs, retired.
Release of the Ladybugs (2001) Click here for the story and photos of the release of the ladybugs
About our Ladybugs (2001) Click here to view the story.
About Adelgids (2000) Click here to view the story.
A Stone Building News Archive is available by clicking here
June 29, 2011
The new windows for the Stone Building, donated in 2002 and fabricated in 2008, are awaiting installation.
March 1, 2006
In early January, the Friends of Hemlock Gorge succeeded in our application for a Public-Private Partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The Friends earmarked $2500 for a new floor and other repairs to the Stone Building, and that amount will be matched by the DCR. We will post a copy of the correspondence soon. This means that our long hoped for plans to make the Stone Building a great venue for Friends' activities will soon become a reality (February 2006). The new floor will, hopefully, be followed soon by the new windows, for which funds have already been generously donated by the Sangiolo Trust. On February 23, we were notified by the DCR that they are preparing to pour the floor very soon, and that the Friends will be asked for input on design.
Echo Bridge News
We have moved older Echo Bridge stories that have appeared on our web site to: Archive of Echo Bridge news stories.
The Joys of
|Four Seasons of Hemlock
Winter 2001, taken during the storm of March 5-6
|Doug Cornelius has
posted a lovely account of canoeing through Hemlock Gorge with
Click here to see it.
Another collection of lovely photos of Hemlock Gorge is at Boston Online: Click here to see them.
Publications of the Friends
Makers of the Mold, a full-length illustrated history of the Newton Upper Falls community which borders Hemlock Gorge, is available only on the Web. Authored by Historian, Conservationist, and Friend Ken Newcomb, who passed away in 2002. Copies of the print edition of The Makers of the Mold can be purchased online and are also available at several local restaurants, convenience stores and cafes. The full list of outlets can be found here.
A Walking Tour of Hemlock Gorge
This work is available only at this Web site.
1. Our most important Resource is People!
3. Contemporary Challenges Facing the Hemlock Gorge Reservation
4. Local Governmental, Civic, and Conservation Organizations Online
|The Friends were honored with a beautification award from the City of Newton in 1997! Click here for the story. Click on the small picture to see a larger image of the award.|