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Seeking Volunteer Stewards

The Waltham Land Trust is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with maintaining paths along the Charles River and the proposed

Mass Central Rail Trail.

The Mass Central Rail Trail and Charles River Path Stewards will essentially serve as the "eyes and ears" of these heavily-used trails, working in conjunction with the local and state entities charged with their maintenance. In both locations, volunteers will tasked with removing litter, reporting on conditions through field reports and removing invasive plant species on occassion. Email Sonja if you'd like more information.

Stewards should be at least 18 years old and must commit to walking designated sections of the trails on a regular basis (frequency depending on season) for a period of at least two years. Living proximate to the Charles River or MCRT is a big plus. 

Many thanks to the Foundation for MetroWest for funding support of our new stewards-to-be!

At their training in Spring 2012, the Chester Brook Greenway Stewards work together to move a large tree blocking the Western Greenway Trail.

Western Greenway
5K Run/Walk
Happens October 5

The Waltham Land Trust invites runners, joggers, hikers, and walkers of all ages and abilities to participate in our now annual fall Race for Open Space fundraiser, the Western Greenway (WG) 5K Run/Walk. The WG 5K will take place on Sunday, October 5, starting at noon from the Elsie Turner Field on Trapelo Road across from the Federal Archives. The 3.1 mile run/walk will travel along the Western Greenway Trail through a variety of habitats in the Beaver Brook North Reservation and Rock Meadow properties in North Waltham and Belmont. It costs just $25 for both runners and walkers, with proceeds benefiting the WLT and Race Around Waltham (RAW) series events.

Prizes will be awarded to the fastest female and male runners in various age categories, plus we'll have lots of extras to give away to walkers and other participants, including volunteers! Register to be a participant, sponsor, or helper by emailing Sonja or by visiting the RAW series website.

Sign up the whole family or get together a group from the office to compete in the team challenge, where the winners will be deemed the "Western Greenway Trailblazers!" The staging area at Elsie Turner park will have a festival feel to it because we'll have music blasting, community groups and sponsors tabling, and lots of Bertucci's pizza to eat!  

Help us raise money to keep building this trail that will eventually be 20 miles long, covering over 1,200 acres of open space!

The Waltham Land Trust’s mission is to create a legacy of land conservation in Waltham by promoting, protecting, restoring, and acquiring open space.

We envision growth in public appreciation of natural resources, preservation and restoration of native habitat, and increased biodiversity to foster a healthier environment

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What are the natural features which make a township handsome? A river, with its waterfalls and meadows, a lake, a hill, a cliff or individual rocks, a forest, and ancient trees standing singly. Such things are beautiful; they have a high use which dollars and cents never represent. If the inhabitants of a town were wise, they would seek to preserve these things, though at considerable expense; for such things educate more than any hired teachers or preachers, or at any present recognized system of school education. -- Henry David Thoreau


About the picture in the banner at the top of the page...

The picture, taken in June of 2005, is of a vernal pool at Berry Farm, an At Risk for development open space parcel next to Prospect Hill Park.

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