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The Arlington Land Trust directors invite the public to join its 2023 annual meeting via Zoom at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. To join, click here >>

David MorganMorgan

The board plans to elect members, hear a brief treasurer’s report as well as provide updates about the Mugar property and other local conservation projects. The Mugar site, between Route 2 and Thorndike Field, is the location of a proposed development long opposed by town officials.

The trust's guest speaker is David Morgan, Arlington’s environmental planner and conservation agent. He joined the Department of Planning and Community Development in fall 2021 and has worked closely with the Conservation Commission, Open Space Committee, and other town groups on land use issues. He is also the liaison with the land trust for oversight of the conservation restriction on the parks and woods at Arlington 360, the former Symmes property.

At the meeting, Morgan plans to describe the urban-ecology framework he is coordinating with Tufts graduate students. This project will chart the town's progress on identified goals for ecological land management and set a timeline for accomplishing them.

Researchers aim to identify gaps in current plans and suggest best practices. New information will be added to planning efforts in the form of a landscape ecological analysis using GIS to map the ecological integrity of existing lands and likely habitat patches and corridors. The framework will guide further planning efforts, such as a biodiversity action plan.

Morgan previously worked as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education research fellow for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he investigated ecosystem-based climate change adaptation and policy, focusing on New England’s wetlands and coastal ecosystems. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and his master’s in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University.

All are welcome to attend virtually. 

This news announcement was published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2022.