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By adamg - 7/28/18 - 10:56 am
Proposed routes of West Roxbury Parkway in 1894

Three possible routes for a West Roxbury parkway. See it larger.

In the mid-1890s, city officials began looking at connecting the new city-owned Emerald Necklace parks with the giant Blue Hills Reservation the state Metropolitan District Commission was putting together just south of the city and the town of Hyde Park. Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/17 - 12:58 pm

WHDH reports "the group was stranded for hours in the dark Thursday night with no flashlight or cell phone service."

By adamg - 5/21/17 - 5:04 pm
Otter

There was no mistaking this as anything but an otter, because you'd think the Audobon Society folks at the Trailside Museum at the Great Blue Hill would know the difference between an otter and a muskrat, at least based on the sign on the enclosure for the critter.

By adamg - 11/6/16 - 12:59 pm

Jessie asks:

Any hiking trail recommendations in blue hills? seems like there's a lot of options!

By adamg - 10/16/16 - 4:03 pm
The original 128

Tim Smith took a walk along the former 128 in the Blue Hills Reservation, left over from the days when 128 was cobbled together out of existing roads, before the current road was built a couple miles further out.

By adamg - 8/22/16 - 11:43 am
McKinnon

It was a flashing green light, State Police say, that made a female DCR worker at Houghton's Pond in Milton realize somebody was videoing her - by way of a small pen camera. Read more.

By adamg - 12/1/15 - 7:25 am

The Herald reports on the first of four days of deer hunting in the Blue Hills Reservation - yesterday, today and next Monday and Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 11/15/15 - 10:30 am
Abandone highway in Fowl Meadow in the Blue Hills Reservation

Tim the roving UHub photographer took a walk this morning on the only part of the Southwest Expressway that actually got built - a short stretch north of that weird, semi-cloverleaf where 95 joins 128 - from which it was supposed to head north through Hyde Park (with an interchange replacing Paul's Bridge), Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury before joining with the Inner Belt roughly where the Ruggles T stop is now.

By adamg - 10/26/15 - 6:39 am

The MSPCA and the Animal Rescue League say they will speak for the deer facing death in the hills south of Boston, at a State House rally that starts at noon on Thursday. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/15 - 12:56 pm

WBUR reports the state will issue hunting permits for four specific days - on which other visitors will be urged to stay out of the affected parts of the reservation as hunters reduce a deer population the state says is just too large.

By adamg - 9/10/15 - 2:13 pm

The Patriot Ledger and WATD report DCR is looking at letting up to 240 hunters into the 6,000-acre reservation over a four-day period in early December to cull an expanding deer herd that officials say threaten both reservation habitat and public health. Read more.

By adamg - 6/24/15 - 7:02 pm
By adamg - 6/12/15 - 5:02 pm
Thomas Baker

Milton, Boston and State police continued searching along the Neponset River for Thomas Baker, 62, but began searching the woods of the nearby Blue Hills Reservation as well.

Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/15 - 4:03 pm

State Police report:

Milton Fire on scene of large brush fire in Blue Hills. MSP has Unquity Rd and Chickatawbut Rd at Hillside St. closed to traffic.

By adamg - 10/13/14 - 6:35 pm
Houghton's Pond in Milton in the fall

Brian MacLean photographed Houghton's Pond in the Blue Hills Reservation the other day.

Copyright Brian MacLean. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 3/8/14 - 7:51 pm

Mike Ball gets a lesson in maple sugaring in Canton.

By adamg - 1/18/14 - 4:40 pm
Car flips over in Milton

State Police report this car flipped over in the snow on Unquity Road this afternoon. Only minor injures, they report, adding the road had to be shut for a short time.

By adamg - 10/29/13 - 7:32 am

Following yesterday's four-alarm brush fire in Stony Brook Reservation, a brush fire has broken out in the Blue Hills Reservation, near Chickatawbut and Wampatuck roads, WFXT reports. Motorists report seeing the smoke at the Braintree split.

By adamg - 2/21/11 - 9:22 am

Brookwood Farm in the Blue Hills Reservation, according to the Friends of the Blue Hills, who post a photo of bluebird houses ready to be mounted atop poles put up by a Quincy Boy Scout troop last week.

Meanwhile, up in Gloucester, Steve Borichevsky photographed a punk duck.

By adamg - 12/9/10 - 7:13 am

The Boston area's largest natural area is dying as an overpopulation of deer eat up plant species - which could also mean death to the other creatures that depend on them - Thomas J. Rawinski of the US Forest Service writes, in a report on a field trip to the reservation:

In essence, the forest is disintegrating. And because forests are defined by the dominance of trees, one must conclude that the forest at Chickatawbut Hill is dying, and has no hope of recovering unless the deer impact is lessened.

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