The Friends of Salem Woods
also including Forest River Conservation Area

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Good news. December 11, by a vote of 8 to 3, the Salem City Council passed a resolution that said "all of Highland Park, that is not a Golf Course, shall remain undeveloped in perpetuity and shall only used for passive recreation ..."

The council did not stop with the resolution. They also started the process of placing environmental conservation overlay zoning over the land contained in Highland Park.

-Chris Burke (see full story)

See the excellent "Case for the Woods" prepared for the meeting.

The most exciting geography in historic Salem, Massachusetts is the 129 acre Highland Park, the adjoining Thompson's Meadow and the Forest River estuary. This site is dedicated to introducing you to this unique urban jewel.

The Friends of Salem Woods performs maintenance of the paths, holds fund raisers, leads walks in the Woods and in general advocates for the Woods. See the About Us link for how to join and/or receive our newsletter.

This site has been expanded to include the neighboring Forest River Conservation Area which is contiguous with Salem Woods and seperated from it only by the MBTA railway tracks.

The Documents section of our web site has lists of birds, plants and other animals that have been seen in the woods, as well as other documents related to the woods.

The Photo section has some galleries of photos taken in the Woods and Forest River, including general views and many labeled ones of specific plants and trees.

Our E-Mail News Letter is probably the best way to keep informed about upcoming activities and there is an archive of newsletters so you can find anything you've missed. To join go to

For a brief history of the woods, see our history page. Also see the "Case for the Woods" prepared by Christopher Burke, Richard Luecke, and Alan Young.

See you in the Woods!


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