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Arlington Cub Scout Pack 313 at work

Boardwalk Repair

     Thanks to everyone who helped with the Great Meadows boardwalk repair project.
Dozens of people participated - families, individuals and an Arlington scout pack.
Over 100 boards were replaced and the boardwalks are now in much better shape than before.  We expect, considering that the age of these boardwalks, that these efforts will be repeated in the future as more treads need replacement.

     After fifteen years the boardwalks at Arlington’s Great Meadows need some repairs. It's basically a matter of replacing some rotting boards on the walkway. The Friends group have assembled materials & tools for the repair close to AGM.  However, because of COVID-19 we are not able to plan a typical workday where people just show up.

     We are going to try a team/pod approach where people put together a team (2+), and we provide what you need.  You schedule a time (can be during the week or on a weekend) and come by to get a set of materials & tools and go to the site and do the work.  This both gives flexibility as to time and also avoids groups of strangers. We have written and video instructions, and experienced people will be available by phone to provide guidance.  This provides an opportunity to get your family out of the house into fresh air.

We are starting this effort on Saturday September 19.  If interested, please contact David White (dwhite@gilbertwhite.com) or Lorelle Yee (lorelleyee@yahoo.com) for more information and to schedule a time.

Repair video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zhRo6s9-iK4lQrN8oFRNNVv0hk1dtLZm/view?usp=sharing

Repair Instructions:  Boardwalk Repair Instructions.pdf

Nursing Home Site Development

The nursing home at the end of Emerson Gardens Road has now been demolished.  A "balanced" housing development plan has been approved by the Lexington Planning Board.  After the work is done public access will be restored to AGM - but will change. More information can be found here: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/planning/pages/840-emerson-gardens-balanced-housing-development

Until new access is provided, there is nearby entrance to AGM about midway behind the condos (marked by a post).  There is also parking on Emerson Gardens Road which is a public street.

Upcoming Events

Planned events cancelled during the COVID-19 Emergency.

To keep us all healthy, respect the rules of

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Stay at least 6 feet from others.

Keep dogs away from others as well.

Wear face masks when near others.

Self-Directed Explorations

Check out our AGM Map and take a walk at the Meadows.  AGM is also part of the  ACROSS trails system.

To join the FoAGM email list, all you need to do is click on this link to send an email to FoAGM-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  You will then receive news and updates about our events, including weather-related cancellations and reschedulings.  This is a very low volume moderated list, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

For information contact us at info@FoAGM.org or subscribe to our email list for updates.

 


2019 Annual Report Available

Find out about FoAGM's activities in 2019 FoAGM Annual Report 2019.pdf

Other annual reports (going back to 2002) can be found here: Annual Reports   


Educational Mini-Grants

Friends of Arlington’s Great Meadows (FoAGM) is offering educational mini-grants to K-12 teachers and students in schools and non-profit organizations who want to do research, natural history study, or artistic projects in Arlington’s Great Meadows (AGM).  If you need funds for a project that would increase your students’ understanding of and appreciation for the natural world, you are encouraged to apply for one of these mini-grants.  More information here:  Mini Grants

Stewardship Activities 

We often need volunteers for trail maintenance and invasive plant control.  If interested subscribe to our email list or contact us at:  info@FoAGM.org

Also visit the Citizens for Lexington Conservation website for other events in the Lexington/Arlington/Winchester area. 

Join our email list to receive up to the minute announcements.


Selected Events of Past Years

Upland Meadow Restoration 2010-11    
     A proposal to restore upland meadow areas in Arlington’s Great Meadows was presented at a public meeting on the evening of July 14th of 2009.
        The Mass Audubon report about the proposed project was entitled “Recommendations for Restoration of Meadows Habitat at Arlington’s Great Meadows, Final Report, May 14, 2009”. Copies can be found here on the website.  

The project then was implemented in 2010 and 2011 with the help of many volunteers.  The open upland meadow you now see near the kiosk was once scrubby woodland. 

Fire at AGM on Friday April 17, 2009
There was an extensive fire in AGM on the afternoon of April 17.  Although the fire was mostly confined to the lower wetland areas, some upland areas especially in the northeast near Shelia Road were also damaged.  Approximately 100 acres of a total of 183 acres were affected. Regrowth in the wetland areas is likely to be very rapid.  Here is a map (2MB PDF) showing the general extent of the fire, although the burned areas were somewhat patchy even the the central meadow area, perhaps related to water levels.  The fire was almost certainly of human origin, but there is no information about whether it was accidental or intentional.  We also have a photo page of some after fire pictures.  We welcome any photos of the fire that you might have to share.  The wetland area is recovering quite rapidly after the fire although the situation is more mixed in the upland areas.  More photos to come soon.

Fire at AGM on April 23 in 2008 
Nine acres of upland forest near the nursing home were scorched by a fire on April 23.  Read the Lexington Minuteman article: http://www.wickedlocal.com/lexington/news/x1041578027


FoAGM Contact Information:

To join the FoAGM email list, all you need to do is click on this link to send an email to FoAGM-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  You will then receive news and updates about our events, including weather-related cancellations and reschedulings.  This is a very low volume moderated list, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  You can also visit our internet discussion group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FoAGM/

Email Contacts:
General information at info@FoAGM.org


General Resource Information

A Natural Resource Inventory and Stewardship Plan commissioned by Arlington's Conservation Commission, was completed in 2001 by Frances Clark of Carex Associates.  Copies are available at the Arlington and Lexington Public libraries.  It is available here on this web site.

About Arlington's Great Meadows (AGM)

About the Friends of AGM

Annual Reports (since 2003)

 FoAGM By-Laws (6/21/14)

Boardwalk Project Background & Info (7/8/05)

Information about Invasive Plants (added 3/24/02)

All about Woodcocks (3/28/02)

More about Woodcocks by Marj Rines (9/17/03)

Photo Album (7/1/02)

Bugs Photo Album (7/3/03)


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Resource Links

Arlington Town Website

Arlington Reservoir Committee

Citizens for Lexington Conservation

Environmental League of Massachusetts

Lexington Town Website

Menotomy Bird Club

Mystic River Watershed Association

Puddle Stompers (for the kids)


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