Annual Meeting – Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7-9 pm

Common Ground Bar & Grill   –  319 Broadway, Arlington

Special Guest: Kevin Knobloch, Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Using Open Space to Store Carbon Emissions

Join the Arlington Land Trust at a new location for our Annual Meeting featuring a short business agenda and a presentation by ALT co-founder and past president Kevin Knobloch, a long-time Arlington resident.

Until January 2017, Kevin was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Energy for nearly four years in the Obama Administration. Previously, he was President of the Union of Concerned Scientists for ten years and Director of Conservation Programs at the Appalachian Mountain Club. Kevin holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

His presentation to the Land Trust will focus on national and international policies to address climate change, including his work on the Mid-Century Strategy, a program required of all the countries that signed the Paris Climate Accord. The strategy features an extensive discussion (and reliance upon) using agricultural lands and forest lands to store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Kevin will share his insights into how this approach is relevant to anyone who cares about the role of open space, including wetlands, farms and forests, in sharply decarbonizing our economies and planet. He will also connect the discussion to the concerns of regional, state and local land trusts.

Experience Arlington's Open Spaces



Take a walk around some of Arlington’s many attractive open spaces.

Arlington’s Open Space Committee is pleased to announce two initiatives that have been completed recently: an approved Open Space Plan and a new web-based application to assist users in visiting many of Arlington’s parks and other open space sites.

The Town’s updated Open Space and Recreation Plan for 2015-2022 has been approved by the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services, the agency that oversees open space planning across the state. The complete Plan is posted on the Town’s website on the Open Space Committee page .

Section 5 of the Plan presents maps and descriptions of 20 major open space and recreation sites, with additional information on all of the more than 70 parks, playing fields, and conservation lands in Arlington. Other sections of the Plan present historical and environmental information on the Town, goals and objectives for future open space projects, and an action plan for implementing various projects in collaboration with many other Town departments, committees, and organizations.

Experiencing Arlington’s Open Spaces is a new web-based application based on the Plan. Developed by Arlington’s GIS planner, this app makes much of the site information readily available for viewing on your smart phone or tablet. For each open space site featured on the app there are multiple photographs and a brief description of the property, as well as a map showing access points and internal walking trails.

Please review the complete Plan online and test out the application, and let us know what you think. The Open Space Committee is an appointed Town committee that meets monthly and is open to visitors. See the committee website for more information.

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