The Silver Maple Forest is still alive The Silver Maple Forest is more valuable as it is now than any development would be on the site, despite what has been lost… Flood mitigation capacity, working in tandem with the Cambridge Stormwater Wetland, along with the other significant ecosystem services (C sequestration, pollution abatement, etc.) Core habitat and an essential landscape element contributing to DCR Reservation and Greater Alewife Ecosystem integrity and biological diversity, diminishing significantly the function and value of an important urban wild state reservation (exodus happening) Health and happiness of citizenry (effects on immune function, cognitive relief and emotional balance, neurorestoration, lower systolic blood pressure, increased Natural Killer Cell count, self esteem, domestic crime rates) Our children’s school performance It’s time for some enlightened action! Science 345, 1558 (2014); Georgina M. Mace Whose conservation? Who has the courage to confront inadequate laws with the moral will of our citizens? Belmont and Cambridge citizens, all Belmont Selectmen, and many Cambridge City Councilors, etc. DO NOT WANT THIS DEVELOPMENT TO HAPPEN The laws protecting habitat and species and governing developmental regulations are not grounded in good ecology and are essentially immoral when they conflict with the will of the people who live there. We could hold hands and link and span the regulated and unregulated areas, statuteprotected and unprotected areas for wildlife. They are part of a whole forest which is part of a whole socioecological Greater Alewife Ecosystem When will our leaders truly listen and challenge the laws that breach the moral will of the citizenry? What story am I going to tell my grand daughter, one of enlightened action or betrayal of present and future citizens?