Riverbank Vegetation Management Plan

Charles River Basin VMP

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) selected Weston & Sampson to provide consulting services to develop a Riverbank Vegetation Management Plan for the Department’s Charles River Basin within the municipalities of Boston, Cambridge, Newton, and Watertown. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Arboriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Riverbank Restoration
  • Natural Resource Science
  • Public Outreach
  • Environmental Permitting

The area to be addressed includes the Resource Area subject to the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. This area extends from the New Charles River Dam at Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam in Watertown, a length of approximately 8-½ miles.

The Charles River Basin Reservation is a linear park that extends along both sides of the Charles River, from Boston Harbor upstream for approximately 8 ½ miles within Boston, Cambridge, Newton, and Watertown. The Basin features several important recreational areas including Nashua Street Park, the Esplanade, and Herter Park in Boston; Magazine Beach in Cambridge; Daly Field in Newton; and Watertown Riverfront Park and Braille Train in Watertown. These are connected by a series of DCR parkways and the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path. The Basin also abuts the campuses of Boston University, Harvard University, and MIT.

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