Save the Silver Maple Forest
Heron at the mouth of Little River
The Belmont Uplands is a 15 acre tract of land at the edge of Belmont, Cambridge and Arlington. Once surrounded by the 'Great Swamp', it includes and is surrounded by the "Silver Maple Forest" (see map below), a unique and fragile urban wildlife habitat. The forest and surrounding wetlands serve as natural sponges for a region already prone to flooding. This scenic area along the edges of Little Pond and the Little River is home to a diverse species of 45 breeding birds and 20 mammals which rely on the forest as well as the surrounding wetlands for survival.
The mission of the Coalition is to preserve the Belmont Uplands so it can provide water absorption and flood prevention, habitats for many varieties of animals, an outdoor oasis for area residents and an environment in which the largest Silver Maple Forest in the Boston area can thrive.
Courtesy Friends of Alewife Reservation
Pictures of forest and wildlife
Video of recent Forum on Floodplain Forest & Floodway Development is online.
Visit the forest : Parking and Trail map
Get in touch:
Send us an e-mail: Belmont.Coalition@gmail.com
Find out how you can support our efforts.
Boston-area maps. Located 7 miles from downtown, the T-accessible forest is enjoyed by many residents of the area. According to the Coalition's expert, Boston residents would otherwise have to go to Central Mass to experience the same variety of wildlife