Take Action: Please write to your state legislators to support Bills H.818, H.819 and H.820 which would protect Fowl Meadow wetlands. (See sample letter and legislator contacts below.)
Background: A private company has proposed building 276 housing units right next to the portion of the Blue Hills, called Fowl Meadow on Brush Hill Road in Milton. The five-story buildings are proposed on what the state calls an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern.” We call this forested land ‘critical’ because the plants and animals of Fowl Meadow’s wetland depend on this area for food and habitat. Plus the higher land filters the water that runs down to the wetlands and Neponset River. When the existing forest is bulldozed to create 276 units, the wetland animals and plants will suffer. By destroying the land near the wetlands of Fowl Meadow, wildlife food and habitat will be destroyed and the water supply will become contaminated.
Representative Walter Timilty has introduced legislation that would prohibit building within 1,000 feet of Fowl Meadow to protect this sensitive habitat of the Blue Hills.
What You Can Do
Please let your state legislators know that we need to protect the wetlands in Fowl Meadow. Let them know that development at Brush Hill Ave would harm the sensitive habitat and endangered species of Fowl Meadow, the portion of the Blue Hills that abuts the development. Ask them to request a favorable report for Bills H.818, H.819 and H.820 from the Chairs of the Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
If you don’t know your legislator visit this website. Below, you’ll find contact information for some local legislators.
Dear Rep (or Senator) :
I am writing to urge you to write a letter to the chairs of the Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture to ask them to support bills H.818, H.819 and H.820 with a favorable report out of committee.
[Add something about how important the Blue Hills is to you. Personalizing your letter makes all the difference!}
The first two bills, H.818 and H.819 would prevent development within 1,000 feet of the portion of the Blue Hills called Fowl Meadow. Development close to Fowl Meadow would constitute significant environmental risk to the sensitive habitat and endangered species of Fowl Meadow, the portion of the Blue Hills. H.820 would improve the ability of the Commonwealth (through the Department of Environmental Protection and the local municipality) to protect and preserve areas of critical concern, specifically those that may be unalterably and negatively impacted by proposed development. These bills are essential to protecting land like that found in Fowl Meadow in the Blue Hills Reservation. They would help protect Fowl Meadow’s sensitive habitat by:
1. Protect the endangered species of Fowl Meadow depend on the ‘critical habitat’ that surrounds it. The development is proposed on land that the state identifies as ‘critical habitat’ because species in Fowl Meadow rely on it for a source of fresh water as well as a source of food.
The area proposed for development contains several areas identified by the state as ‘critical habitat.’ The ‘critical habitat’ is considered ‘uplands’ which is essential for healthy wetlands. Many species use more than one habitat and need to move in between them. A protected area with multiple habitats will support a greater diversity of animals and plants than an isolated habitat of any type. The land where development is proposed also provides clean, fresh rainwater for the Fowl Meadow wildlife, a critical natural resource for the health of Fowl Meadow and its inhabitants.
2. Safeguard the health of the Fowl Meadow ecosystem depends, in part on preventing habitat fragmentation. Fowl Meadow is healthier because the adjacent land is not ‘fragmented’ or broken up. The construction breaks up the land surrounding the wetlands. This ‘upland’ habitat extends over a number of acres, including Little Blue, Green Street up to Brush Hill Road. This expansive large area is unique in that it has the marshy Neponset floodplain, a mature upland forest, and open fields. Maintaining the uplands as much intact as possible is important in guarding the health of Fowl Meadow.
Thank you for helping us protect one of the largest parks in the metropolitan Boston area.
Legislator Contact Information
Please thank Rep Walter Timilty for introducing these bills: Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov.
Please write your legislator (if it isn’t Rep Timilty) about this issue. Here is contact information for a few of the local legislators. If you don’t know your legislator visit https://malegislature.gov/People/Search.
Senator Brian A. Joyce
State House, Room 109D, Boston, MA 02133
Rep William C. Galvin
State House, Room 448, Boston, MA 02133
Rep Bruce J Ayers
State House, Room 167, Boston, MA 02133
Linda Dorcena Forry
State House, Room 26, Boston, MA 02133
Mark J. Cusack
State House, Room 544, Boston, MA 02133
Rep Louis L. Kafka
State House, Room 185, Boston, MA 02133
Claire D. Cronin
State House, Room 130, Boston, MA 02133