A six-member group of scientists will be part of the “Three Towns, One Forest”, a regional environmental forum taking place on April 25 at 7 p.m. at Lesley University Hall’s Amphitheater in Cambridge, 1815 Massachusetts Ave.
The panel group will discuss the conservation value and future of the state-owned Alewife Reservation and its abutting Silver Maple Forest at the Belmont Uplands, a land and river confluence between Cambridge, Belmont, and Arlington, according to a press release.
In the age of climate change, the speakers will focus on Wetlands Protection Act regulations and hydrological concepts that could be activated to preserve the silver maple forest and its surrounding floodplain in the Mystic River watershed. Community initiatives will be suggested to preserve these New England natural resources.
The event is open to the university body and to the public.
Featured expert speakers include EK Singh Khalsa, executive director of the Mystic Watershed Association; Scott Horsley, hydrologist of Horsley and Witten Group and Tufts faculty; Minka vanBeuzekom, Cambridge city councilor; David Morimoto, director of Lesley’s Natural Science and Mathematics Department; Lucia Lovison, geophysicist and instructor at Harvard’s School of Continuing Education; and Mike Nakagawa, biomedical engineer and board member of Alewife Neighbors, Inc.
The Forum is moderated by Amy Mertl, biology professor at Lesley.
Sponsors include Lesley University, Friends of Alewife Reservation, and Green Cambridge, and co-sponsors include a number of local Boston-wide environmental organizations.