Recent Accomplishments

Here are some major accomplishments from the last 5 years, looking back from 2019 when we celebrated 20 years of incorporation:

  • Increased public accessibility to the Western Greenway, Prospect Hill Park, Charles River Walkway, Mass Central Rail Trail, Beaver Brook North and Historic Reservations, and Hardy Pond
    • by offering year-round free guided programs to the public
    • through the development of accurate trail maps to promote awareness and use of these natural areas
    • through the expansion of our volunteer stewardship program which keep our open spaces clean and (relatively) free of invasive plants that threaten the ecosystem.
  • Waltham Field Station: This may be our most important project yet! This threatened UMass property is a landmark in agricultural history, home of our only community farmer, part of the Western Greenway, and home base for the Waltham Land Trust. We are working with the other non-profit tenants to get the City of Waltham to acquire the land and protect the sustainability community established here and the farming and open space that are Cornelia Warren’s legacy.
  • Successfully advocating for the preservation of the majority of the open space at the Fernald Center, and for City approval for Waltham Land Trust to build an extension of the Western Greenway trail through this property.
  • Significantly advancing City and community progress with the Waltham portion of the Mass Central Rail Trail.
  • Successfully advocating for the removal of an illegally-built communications tower and its access road and supports, which had encroached on Prospect Hill Park.
  • The Western Greenway, Phase II: Waltham Land successfully signed an easement with Bentley University to extend the Western Greenway Trail south of the current terminus at the intersection of Beaver and Forest streets. We hope to reach agreement to continue beyond Bentley to the Lyman Estate, which would successfully connect the existing greenway to the future MCRT and the Field Station and Fernald beyond. We are also poised to begin a project of trailhead kiosks and infrastructure improvements.
  • See more conservation achievements in our list of 20 accomplishments