Friends of the Middlesex
Fells ReservationDedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells
This is a great community-based conservation initiative for advancing ecosystem and wildlife conservation. The EwA Vernal Pool Awareness & Protection program helps the protection of the vernal pools and wetland habitats of the Middlesex Fells Reservation through science, partnerships, and education.
This program is about scientific research and wetland conservation efforts paired with a training experience for our guests and new volunteers. The program focuses on the vernal pools of the Middlesex Fells Reservation that are not yet ‘certified’ (following the definition of Vernal Pools as defined by the State of Massachusetts). Working with local herpetologists, our goal is to certify those potential pools so that they get protected under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act regulations. Doing so, we close species migration gaps between the non-certified and certified pools, therefore directly improving the conservation of wetland species, and specifically of the species of the Fells.