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What To Watch For – Late April

What To Watch For – Late April
By mid-April in some parts of the Fells - certainly Virginia Wood and near Bellevue Pond - comes a true beauty. These flowers are termed ephemerals and indeed have a brief moment of glory whilst the sun reaches the woodland floor, and then are gone as quickly as they came.
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Fells Featured Among Great Wildflower Hikes

Fells Featured Among Great Wildflower Hikes
The Appalachian Mountain Club this week highlighted six locations around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that are ideal sites for viewing spring wildflowers. Among the chosen destinations is the Cross Fells Trail in our very own Middlesex Fells Reservation! Read on to find out what they had to say.
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Featured Friend: Boot Boutwell

Featured Friend: Boot Boutwell
Name: Roland “Boot” Boutwell Age: 65 Residence: Winchester, Mass. Profession: Freelance itinerant teacher/naturalist Volunteer Since: 1997 Volunteer Role: Leading wildly popular nature walks and programs “ I love leading nature walks for the Friends of the Fells…
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Frederick Law Olmsted and the Middlesex Fells Reservation

Referring to the topography of the Middlesex Fells, Olmsted wrote it was advisable to "take it as it stands, develop to the utmost its natural characteristics, and make a true retreat not only from town but from suburban conditions" and that "every inducement should be offered visitors to ramble and wander about."
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Wright’s Tower

Wright’s Tower
Wright's Tower was constructed in 1937 under the direction of the Works Progress Administration. In 2008, following restoration of the tower by DCR, a plaque commemorating the visionary who was responsible for the creation of the Fells was attached to the tower.
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Two Visionaries

The first important publication in regard to the conversion of the Five Mile Wood into a public domain was an article of nine pages, written by Mr. Wilson Flagg and published January, 1856.
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