Author: Charles Kahn

  • Saving the Hemlock Trees Project

    Saving the Hemlock Trees Project

    Through the efforts of Bob Burke, a plan was made to treat the hemlock trees in the Reservation with an insecticide on Arbor Day, April 29. Jason Lupien of Lupien Tree Service was organizing the program to provide the labor at no cost, if the Friends could purchase the insecticide. See the minutes of our…

  • Spillway Dam Repair News: 2012

    June, 2012 Pre-construction meeting was held April 3 with Site Superviser Erica Aubin.  The tentative schedule is to put up the safety fencing early during the second week of April (Mon/Tues) and begin construction shortly after.  The Ellis Street/Route 9 corner will be fenced off through early July when the project is expected to be…

  • Stone Building Windows News

    Stone Building Windows News

    The Stone Building windows and screens are installed. See pictures to the right and below. We are planning a dedication event for the spring, probably in April. NOTE: No idea when this was originally posted, but the images date back to October 14. -Charles

  • The ‘QBTrail’: A New Resource

    Melissa Moody, a Girl Scout working with Site Supervisor Erica Aubin, has put in place a remarkable signage project running along the Quinobequin Road trail, downstream of Hemlock Gorge. Instead of static signposts, she has installed interactive signage with QR barcodes. Go have a look and bring your smartphone and QR barcode reader. It’s the…

  • Adelgid Updates: May, 2011

    Some members of the Friends who visited the Arnold Arboretum this spring we surprised to see Hemlock Hill still populated with healthy appearing tall trees free of adelgids. It was particularly surprising because the Arboretum, unlike the Friends, had decided to take no steps to arrest the infestation of the adelgids. Bob Burke made additional…

  • 2011 Spring Cleanup Reflection

    Friends of Hemlock Gorge’s Annual Spring Cleanup coincided with the 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 16th.  We had an outstanding turnout and the event was an unqualified success.

  • The Friends Receive an Award from Historic Newton

    On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 the Friends of Hemlock Gorge were awarded a Stewardship and Preservation Award from Historic Newton. The event was held at the Boston College Alumni House and was well attended. To the right is a photo of Friends’ President Brian Yates and Bob Burke, who nominated us.

  • Insect Alert: Asian Longhorned Beetle

    The Asian Longhorned Beetle has been found in Boston. Click here to read a message from the state, and a link to a article (in their archives at and Subscription required). Here is the gist of the news. In July, a small infestation of Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) was found in Jamaica…

  • Adelgid Articles: 2009

    March, 2009 The March, 2009 issue of Science Daily has a new story about the impending doom of the hemlocks in the lower Appalachian region and its dire consequences for the surrounding ecosystems. It also has further links to older stories about anti-hemlock fungi and the Japanese Beetles that we have used at Hemlock Gorge.…

  • Adelgid Updates: October 1, 2009

    An informal and unscientific survey by several members of the Friends walking through the park recently suggests that about a third of the trees are now dead and another third show signs of severe disease. There was no sign of ladybugs, nor has there been for years.

  • Stone Building News: 2008

    Stone Building News: 2008

    November 11, 2008 At the November meeting, Site supervisor Erica Aubin1 announced that the new windows for the Stone Building have been fabricated and are just awaiting installation! Congratulations to Erica and DCR manager Kevin Hollenbeck for bringing this long planned effort close to a successful conclusion. Thanks also to John Sangiolo and Amy Mah Sangiolo…

  • Charlie Burnham Report: November, 2008

    DCR Forester Charlie Burnham visited Hemlock Gorge in November, 2008. Here are his reports to the Friends: I went to the gorge to evaluate it as a possible release site for a different predatory beetle, Laricobius nigrinus. I noticed that the hemlocks were in two very different states of health which I can’t explain. Some…