(Globe staff photo by Mark Wilson)
Usually it's hikers who need to beware of poison ivy, but now it's the toxic plant's turn to watch out. The Newton Conservation Commission has given permission to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to clear poison ivy and invasive plants from state land within city limits.
According to Nancy Radzevich, chief planner in Newton, the state will be doing the work in Cutler Park, Hammond Pond Reservation, and the Charles River Reservation area. Radzevich said it is not clear exactly when the state work will begin, since they have many other nearby communities to clear as well.
-- Connie Paige
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