Black's Nook Restoration Project

Black's Nook before restoration.

The Fresh Pond Reservation Master Plan identified reconstruction and stabilization of the degraded shoreline of Black’s Nook as a very high priority. In response, the Black's Nook Restoration Project aimed to increase wildlife habitat value and water quality by fostering native wetland and woodland plant communities and stabilizing the shoreline with native vegetation, coir logs, and erosion control matting.

The Black's Nook shoreline and habitat restoration portions (Phases 1 & 2) of the project were completed in 2011.  In ongoing Phase 3, CWD continues working with volunteers from the Fayerweather Street School and others to remove invasive species and plant appropriate, native species of high ecological value in the northern and western quadrants of Blacks Nook.

The next phase (Phase 4, time TBD) will focus on an in-lake study to develop an implementable plan to improve Blacks Nook water quality.

No immediate project updates are anticipated.

Start Date: October, 2010

Date of Completion: Summer, 2011

The goals of the Black's Nook Restoration Plan included improving wildlife habitats, restoring native species communities, enhancing water quality, providing accessibility, and enhancing educational opportunities. Completed in the summer of 2011, the project successfully restored Black's Nook to an easily accessible diverse wildlife sanctuary.

In order to enhance the use of the pond as a natural resource study area for children, the plan included a redesigned woodland trail using porous pavement, observation platforms, and an elevated wooden path. By widening paths and improving the Concord Avenue entrance, this completed project allows for universal accessibility while also preserving the sense of wildness that makes Black's Nook unique.

Blacks Nook Map

  • Black's Nook before restoration.

    Black's Nook before restoration.

  • Black's Nook before restoration.

    Black's Nook before restoration.

  • Black's Nook before restoration.

    Black's Nook before restoration.

  • Construction on Black's Nook.

    Construction on Black's Nook.

  • Coir roll placement along Black's Nook shoreline.

    Coir roll placement along Black's Nook shoreline.

  • Close up of coir rolls.

    Close up of coir rolls.

  • Construction on Black's Nook.

    Construction on Black's Nook.

  • Construction on Black's Nook.

    Construction on Black's Nook.

  • Construction on Black's Nook.

    Placing the platform poles in Black's Nook.

  • Finished platform at Black's Nook.

    Finished platform at Black's Nook.

  • Black's Nook after invasives removal.

    Black's Nook after invasives removal.

  • Young students learning how to measure turbidity levels at Black's Nook.

    Young students learning how to measure turbidity levels at Black's Nook.

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