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Minnesota (Minnesota, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
Elizur Wright and the Middlesex Fells. [Extract from a paper read by Miss Ellen M. Wright, before the Medford Historical Society.] IN his later years Mr. Wright deemed forest preservation among the most urgent of his causes. He was a member of the American Forestry Association, and whenever possible made his voice heard at its gatherings; but in this interest his most important achievements were the rescue of a territory of Minnesota land from a speculation criminally destructive of its forests, and in his widely known effort to secure the Fells as a forest park, of which the Metropolitan Park System is the outcome. In 1844, while in England, he was strongly impressed with the necessity of forests in or near every large city, and in 1847 suggested through his paper, the Chronotype, the establishment of a great rural playground for Boston such as Greenwich is to London. And premonitory of the Metropolitan effort he says: A fine park might be had in two or three places on our
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
he determined those grand old saviors of mankind should perish only to save their brother trees, and his work for his Fells was redoubled. He had already established Forest Festivals, which were held yearly and in different parts of the Fells, that its attractions might supplement the speaking, or rather might speak for themselves; and in 1883, in his Forestry Law of 1882, Chap. 255, he had secured all the legislation necessary to his plan, and to the taking of lands by it anywhere in Massachusetts; had enlisted trustees to take charge of his conditional obligations; had obtained toward the subscription written pledges to the amount of $14,102, and verbal promises of more than twice that sum, and had begun the work of organizing Public Domain Clubs in the Fells municipalities and in Boston, for he did not forget that Boston's obligation should be measured by her benefits, which acting in concert with the Fells Association might elect committees and employ canvassers. Such a club,
Greenwich, Mass. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
s most important achievements were the rescue of a territory of Minnesota land from a speculation criminally destructive of its forests, and in his widely known effort to secure the Fells as a forest park, of which the Metropolitan Park System is the outcome. In 1844, while in England, he was strongly impressed with the necessity of forests in or near every large city, and in 1847 suggested through his paper, the Chronotype, the establishment of a great rural playground for Boston such as Greenwich is to London. And premonitory of the Metropolitan effort he says: A fine park might be had in two or three places on our harbor open to the sea breezes. A better one could be had by purchasing the noble Blue Hill from which the State takes its name. A whole mountain for a playground—only think of it! But in 1864, the year he came to live in Medford, another site, richer and more varied in its wild pictures and with a larger promise of a future forest, revealed itself in the old five m
Pine Mountain (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 14
t reward him, but he did not cease trying to bring it about. If there was not enterprise enough for his own plan, he had its purpose still at heart. His last Forest Festival was held, I think, in 1885, the last year of his life; and its special object was so to strengthen the Fells Association as to help him in this work. In his last year too, by his invitation or influence, the National Forestry Congress was held in Boston. Toward its success, and that of his object, with the added hope of lending some little favor toward the establishment of similar forest parks near other large cities, he made every effort. This was in September. Feeling his strength on the wane, his work till the day of his death was to see such other men as he hoped, after it, might take the matter up. And on November 21 he died, bequeathing to the later undertaking the credit and the crown his own had earned, and with them, through his children's love, the beautiful woods of Pine hill and its neighborhood.
Sylvester Baxter (search for this): chapter 14
cal politicians to whom Mr. Wright had appealed, though unanimous in applauding his object, still echoed the governmental hopelessness which eleven years earlier had met the same appeal from H. W. S. Cleveland, and in overcoming this hopelessness, Mr. Wright knew the worth of his plan. Its social and educational force under the wit of his pen, and the inspiring influence of his direction, were factors that had been found effective in the working out of problems far more hopeless. When Sylvester Baxter in his Boston Park Guide wrote of it, The public sentiment aroused by this agitation finally led to the establishment of the Metropolitan Park System, he was writing history, not politics; but whether history in the future will fully realize the forestal grandeur and vital benefits sown by Mr. Wright in that public sentiment depends, to my thinking, on a different treatment of the woods than they have thus far received. A generous public sentiment and a tree are things far easier to de
Wilson Flagg (search for this): chapter 14
private ownership feature of that part voluntary purchase; but let us hope that enough of the public sentiment and of the woods may be spared, that the former growing yearly stronger on the increasing worth and beauty of the latter may still work to the same good end. On Oct. 15, 1880, Mr. Wright called together some two hundred people, and on Bear Hill formed a small association to devise plans and the measures for carrying them out. Two plans were sketched, Mr. Wright's and that of Wilson Flagg. Mr. Wright's embraced the distinct and yet harmonious purposes of both, and was the one adopted. During the next two months, these able advocates had made such headway that the mass meeting held in the Medford Town Hall on Jan. 1, 1881, was packed with eager listeners and addressed by speakers who having just returned from a smart drive through the Fells were strong for their preservation. Eighteen hundred and eighty-one later on was the year of the Ravine woods desecration, and this
ially appointed in behalf of a park or parks for Boston. The paper he read was one which bears the name he had given his Fells, Mt. Andrew Park. The outcome of the meeting which was held in December was the passage of a law in 1870 which allowed l in vulgar phrase, had cut her nose off to spite her face. Mr. Wright, whose hope was for lungs,—large oxygen exhaling Fells and Blue Hills lungs,—wrote of this action April 26, 186: The well guarded park bill of last year, which submitted the who the purity of the air and the protection of water sources, it seemed all important to him that the entire 4,000 natural Fells acres should be taken at one time, and thus be under a wholly unitary control, and to this end his plan proposed to securpe, he determined those grand old saviors of mankind should perish only to save their brother trees, and his work for his Fells was redoubled. He had already established Forest Festivals, which were held yearly and in different parts of the Fells,
H. W. S. Cleveland (search for this): chapter 14
date he found to aggregate about $300,000. This contribution took the form of a pledge, the payment of which was conditional upon the vote being favorable. So large a tax on so small a thing as private or disinterested public enterprise did not promise the success his plan deserved; but the practical politicians to whom Mr. Wright had appealed, though unanimous in applauding his object, still echoed the governmental hopelessness which eleven years earlier had met the same appeal from H. W. S. Cleveland, and in overcoming this hopelessness, Mr. Wright knew the worth of his plan. Its social and educational force under the wit of his pen, and the inspiring influence of his direction, were factors that had been found effective in the working out of problems far more hopeless. When Sylvester Baxter in his Boston Park Guide wrote of it, The public sentiment aroused by this agitation finally led to the establishment of the Metropolitan Park System, he was writing history, not politics; bu
Elizur Wright (search for this): chapter 14
Elizur Wright and the Middlesex Fells. [Extract from a paper read by Miss Ellen M. Wright, before the Medford Historical Society.] IN his later years Mr. Wright deemed forest preservation among the most urgent of his causes. He was a member of the American Forestry Association, and whenever possible made his voice heard at its gatherings; but in this interest his most important achievements were the rescue of a territory of Minnesota land from a speculation criminally destructive of its forests, and in his widely known effort to secure the Fells as a forest park, of which the Metropolitan Park System is the outcome. In 1844, while in England, he was strongly impressed with the necessity of forests in or near every large city, and in 1847 suggested through his paper, the Chronotype, the establishment of a great rural playground for Boston such as Greenwich is to London. And premonitory of the Metropolitan effort he says: A fine park might be had in two or three places on our
Ellen M. Wright (search for this): chapter 14
Fells. [Extract from a paper read by Miss Ellen M. Wright, before the Medford Historical Society.] IN his later years Mr. Wright deemed forest preservation among the most urgent of his causes. , had cut her nose off to spite her face. Mr. Wright, whose hope was for lungs,—large oxygen exhaurisdictions. Without just such a course as Mr. Wright in 1880 had the foresight and the insight toot, have been carried out without its help. Mr. Wright had not done pioneer work all his life not terved; but the practical politicians to whom Mr. Wright had appealed, though unanimous in applaudingveland, and in overcoming this hopelessness, Mr. Wright knew the worth of his plan. Its social and forestal grandeur and vital benefits sown by Mr. Wright in that public sentiment depends, to my thin to the same good end. On Oct. 15, 1880, Mr. Wright called together some two hundred people, andhed, Mr. Wright's and that of Wilson Flagg. Mr. Wright's embraced the distinct and yet harmonious p[3 more...]
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