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Blessing planned for Belmont Uplands Silver Maple Forest

Posted by Evan Allen  May 8, 2012 11:59 AM

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The Friends of Alewife Reservation will celebrate the beauty of the Silver Maple Forest this May with an Encirclement and Ingathering, where they will bless the forest and beat drums, honoring the trees and animals that call them home.

May is Rivers and Wetlands Month, and the Friends are sponsoring the event, called “Embrace the Spirit of the Forest,” to raise awareness of the preservation of the Silver Maple Forest in the Belmont Uplands.

There is a housing development that has been planned for the area. It has been a contentious issue among those concerned with preserving the forest.

The gathering will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. It will include a walk and a blessing of the forest as a habitat, with its coyote, fox, mink, otter, deer and 90 species of birds. An Earth Drum Council and professional performers will help celebrate.

The Ingathering will invoke native, pagan and New England Cultures that revere nature. Each participant will take a turn sharing their own personal forest experiences.

Attendants are asked to bring a musical instrument.

Attendants can park at the public Alewife Reservation Lot on Acorn Park Drive. The Ingathering will be held in the meadows. Instructions will be given out.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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