Storms Take Toll on Arnold Arboretum Trees

Around 30 trees at the Arnold Arboretum have been removed or will be removed after sustaining substantial damage by the recent nor'easter storms.

The first storm on March 2nd caused major damage to more than 30 accessioned trees. An accessioned tree means its been documented as part of the arboretum's collection of more than 15,000 plants. Arboretum staff determined the following day that 22 specimens -- mostly pine, spruce, fir and hemlock species, would require being removed, according to the Arnold Arboretum's website. The March 8th storm affected another handful of trees with the bulk of the damage in the conifer collection, said Jon Hetman, Associate Dir. of External Relations and Communications for the Arnold Arboretum, to Jamaica Plain News.

View Solar Eclipse at Arnold Arboretum with National Park Service

The Arnold Arboretum has teamed up with the National Park Service to provide special projection equipment to safely view Monday's historical solar eclipse. This is free to anyone (just like seeing the eclipse) and no registration is required -- you can just show up at Bussey Hill. National Park Service employees Valerie Wilcox and Adrianna Plavetsky will be on hand to provide equipment to safely view the eclipse. Not using special viewing glasses and looking directly at the eclipse could damage your eyes permanently. It's suggested you bring a chair or blanket and  eclipse-viewing glasses (there will be a limited supply available).

‘Recent Paintings of Forest Hills’ Exhibit at Arnold Arboretum by Longtime JP Resident

Longtime Jamaica Plain resident Andrew Haines contacted the Arnold Arboretum to see if they had an art exhibition planned to capture the changing Forest Hills area. They liked the idea so much they invited Haines to create his own exhibit. "The Evolution of an Urban Landscape: Recent Paintings of Forest Hills" documents the development of the new park and Forest Hills station, said Haines to Jamaica Plain News. "When it was decided to take down the Casey Overpass, I thought this would be the first time in 60 years that Olmsted's plan would again connect through green spaces of the Emerald Necklace all the way to Franklin Park," said Haines. "The plan was to document as best I could, the development of the new park spaces and Forest Hills station.

Photos: Nesting Screech Owl in Arnold Arboretum

A nesting female screech owl has attracted many onlookers at the Arnold Arboretum during the past week or so. The female is nesting in a black locust tree on the Jamaica Plain side of the arboretum, along the main pathway near the three little ponds. On several occasions, the female has been joined by a male screech owl after the two exchanged mating calls around dusk. Many arboretum visitors have stopped to see why so many people -- among them amateur photographers and ornithologists armed with binoculars -- are staring up at the tree and have been happily surprised to learn about the nesting female. Many arboretum regulars have also remarked they have seen nesting screech owls in that particular black locust tree through the years. These pictures are courtesy of local photographer David Forsyth.

Most-Read Stories of 2016: Goats and Gluttony

As 2017 begins, here's a look at the five most-read stories of 2016 here at Jamaica Plain News. 5. Man Shot Outside 7-Eleven
Luckily, and thanks the efforts of police and residents, crime was not overall a huge story in JP in 2016. However, isolated violence did continue this past year. Jeffrey Kelly, 28, was killed outside the South Huntington 7-Eleven in August.