Archive | Restoration

Site Considerations When Reclaiming Previously Developed Land

by Anja Ryan Throughout New England’s cities and towns there are many uncovered opportunities to reclaim previously developed land. Forgotten over the years, old railroad beds, burned-out mill foundations, and vacant lots have become overgrown with successive vegetation, been vandalized, and used as dumping grounds. Sometimes structures remain, beckoning us from a not so distant […]

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Restoration Enhances Ecosystem, Recreation, and Water Quality at Fresh Pond

by Thomas Benjamin Ecosystem restoration is often driven by a regulatory requirement, which makes the voluntary improvement of a 30-acre section of urban oasis including forest, meadow, and shoreline quite unusual. What is even more extraordinary is that this island of tranquility is located in densely populated Cambridge, Massachusetts and within sight of downtown Boston. […]

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Chestnut Creek Restoration Project

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) The Chestnut Creek Restoration project is a small stream-side renovation project that sits behind the central parking area of the Town Hall in Neversink, New York. Project Overview Chestnut Creek is an environmentally sensitive stream corridor whose waters flow directly into the New York City reservoir system. The project objectives […]

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The Eel River Headwaters Restoration Project

by Penny Lewis Across the country, collaborative restoration efforts are underway to restore wetlands, meadows, and other critical habitat. One such project is the Eel River Headwaters Restoration Project in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The combined efforts and funding of the Town of Plymouth; Division of Ecological Restoration – Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game; U.S. Fish […]

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ClearWater Conservancy: Restoration in Practice

By Jennifer Chesworth In Central Pennsylvania, a local grassroots organization has made restoration the centerpiece of watershed protection. The ridges, valleys, farms and forests of Centre County, Pennsylvania share a truly unique “karst” topography of limestone and shale, underground streams, numerous caves, springs, and sinkholes, and a rare outcropping of quartz crystal that cuts across […]

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Memorial Park Beach: Lakeside Park Restoration Project

Interview with Amanda Sloan Introduction Along the north shore of Lake Massapoag, a 350 acre natural lake in Sharon, Massachusetts, the public beach was in need of restoration. “A labor of love” is the way that long time Sharon resident and landscape designer, Amanda Sloan, describes the five year project. In a collaborative effort involving […]

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