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At Risk Parcels

Open space parcels at risk of development in Waltham.

Note: The banner picture at the top of our web site is of a vernal pool at the Berry Farm parcel, taken in June of 2005. Berry Farm is at top of our At Risk list below!

Parcels are listed in order by value.

Parcel Name Acres Evaluation Criteria (more info) Total Score Risk Level
E* G H/C R/E C*
Berry Farm (Sam Park [was Polaroid])
20 3 2 3 3 3 20 ***
Cedar Hill Camp (Girl Scouts) 75 3 1 3 3 3 19 ***
Lawrence Meadow (UMass) 31 3 1 3 3 3 19 ***
Stearns Woodlot (Waltham Housing Auth) 7 3 2 2 3 3 19 ***
Met State Lawns (Lots 2,4,5) 51.5 3 1 2 3 3 18 ***
Stigmatine Espousal Center 40 2 3 2 2 3 17 ***
Parts of Fernald State School 35 2 2 2 2 3 16 ***
Woods at Waltham High School 15 3 1 1 2 3 16 ***
Woods opposite Kennedy School 7 2 2 2 2 3 16 ***
Woods/Wetlands off Jones Rd 20 3 1 1 2 2 14 ***
Woods on Roberts Road 9 2 1 2 1 3 14 ***
UMass Field Station 28 1 1 3 3 2 13 ***
Waltham Dump/ Cram's Cove 11 2 1 2 2 2 13 ***
Woods on Forest Park Dr 4 2 2 2 1 1 11 ***
Sylvan Road Woods 10 1 1 2 1 2 10 ***
Arrigo Pasture on Balm Ave. 5 1 1 2 1 2 10 ***
Bear Hill 20 1 3 1 1 1 9 ***
Woods on Fir Ave 4 1 1 1 1 2 9 ***
* - This criterion is doubled to calculate the total score.
‡ - This parcel needs to be re-evaluated due to recent changes.

Key to Evaluation Criteria:

  • E - Ecological Characteristics
  • G - Geologic Features
  • H/C - Historic and Cultural Significance
  • R/E - Recreational and Educational Significance
  • C - Connectivity

For a complete description of the evaluation criteria and the computation of the Total Score, see Open Space Evaluation Criteria.


Key to Risk Level:

*** At Risk
** Potentially Threatened
* Relatively Protected

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