But as Ellen Mass, the president of the Friends of Alewife Reservation, explained, once the permit is granted there is nothing but snow standing between O'Neill's bulldozers and these wetland trees. And once it melts there will be nothing left to do; it's game over for thousands of species that call Alewife home.
The Massachusetts legislature has already passed a bill that would require an appraisal of the damage such a loss would cause to the environmental health of the area, along with instructions to further appraise the price of the land. The hope is to buy it back and turn it into the focus of ecological tourism and a resource for environmental education. Not too difficult to arrange, really, as it's already both of those things.
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