Hemlock Hating Insect: City Removes Killed Trees Along Emerald Necklace

If you've driven along Francis Parkman Drive recently you may have seen a sizable forest area clearcut by the city to remove dead trees, some of which killed by an insect that feeds by sucking sap from hemlocks. The removed trees were between the Francis Parkman Drive and Prince Street, including a hemlock grove and individual trees that were dead or failing, said Margaret Dyson, Director of Historic Parks for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The area looks to be several hundred square feet and is visible from Francis Parkman Drive. The culprit was the hemlock woolly adelgid, which is native to east Asia, where's it not a problem because natural predators keep it in check. But on America's east coast it goes unchecked.

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Traffic Advisory: Arborway, Jamaicaway, and Riverway on June 4-7

Traffic will be going slower on the Arborway, Jamaicaway and Riverway from Tuesday through Friday this week during the week due to tree maintenance. 

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be conducting rolling lane closures going both directions from 9 am to 3 pm. Traffic changes will be marked, and a police detail will be on site, according to a press release from DCR.

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New Crosswalks, Solar-Powered Flashing Signals Installed on Centre Street by Murray Circle

After hearing for years that traffic calming measures were needed for Centre Street between the VFW Parkway and Murray Circle, DCR crews installed new crosswalks and  added flashing signals last week. The installation of three newly striped crosswalks at Rambler Road, Westchester Road and Whitcomb Avenue, are actually all short-term improvements, said Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Press Secretary Mark Steffen to Jamaica Plain News. All of the crosswalks have solar-powered Rapid Rectangular Flash Beacons (RRFBs) to increase visibility. The Emerald Necklace Conservancy also worked with DCR and residents on the new traffic calming measures. Going forward the DCR will look at long-term changes to the area, which include redesigning Murray Circle, Kelly Circle, and the Arborway following the completion of the Casey Arborway project by MassDOT.

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