Land Management Committee for Lone Tree Hill
The Land Management Committee for Lone Tree Hill was created through the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Town and the McLean Hospital. It consists of nine members, four from the Town of Belmont. four appointed by McLean Hospital and one from The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR), the holder of the Conservation Restrictions on the property. This Agreement was signed in November of 1999 and outlined the development restrictions for the McLean hospital campus. It also reserved approximately 119 acres of the campus as publicly accessible open space, including a new municipal cemetery and placed Conservation Restrictions (numbered B1 and B2) over the property. The Land Management Committee for Lone Tree Hill, originally known as the McLean Land Management Committee, was created to establish and implement a land use and management plan for the land to be held under Conservation Restrictions, on file with the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds for Massachusetts..
We are extremely fortunate to operate by grants, gifts and volunteers; we have been the lucky beneficiary of:
- grants and gifts from the Judith K. Record Memorial Conservation Fund on many occasions for projects such as the trail assessment, trail signage and the rebuilding of the rock wall along Concord Avenue, to name just a few;
- expert volunteer labor for trail creation and maintenance from a trail crew from the New England Mountain Bike Association;
- volunteer days sponsored by Belmont Citizens' Forum.
- an interested and active group of Eagle Scout candidates with projects to propose and implement; and
- the group of Belmont Serves volunteers, numbering approximately 30 per year, who have chosen the Lone Tree Hill projects to assist picking up trash and cutting invasives.
The McLean Land Management Committee (LMC) typically meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at a conference room in Town Hall. Agendas are posted. All are welcome.
The Committee is currently wrestling with specific enforcement issues for the property and a new General Bylaw has been adopted at the May 5, 2014 Annual Town Meeting to strengthen the relationship and enforcement abilities of the Belmont Police and our Conservation Agents. As of September 24, 2014, the Bylaw has been approved by the Attorney General. To view the Bylaw, click here.
The Committee is currently re-evaluating our meadow maintenance and comparing it to an evolving set of goals for the three meadows on the property, the Great Meadow, the Heart Shaped Meadow (adjacent to the Highland Meadow Cemetery) and the Barn Meadow on Mill Street. We have secured the expertise of Heritage Fields and Mass Audubon.
|Ellen O'Brien Cushman|