I grew up on a small peninsula that juts into the Atlantic Ocean along the northern Massachusetts coastline. Self-contained,
surrounded by water, the town of Marblehead is well known as the "birth-place of the American Navy" and today as a yachting
center. Most of the original forest cover has been replaced by houses, and only relatively small parcels of public lands remain
During the late 1990's there was a volunteer project to identify, describe, and map these last remaining vestiges of Nature.
During my past travels I had developed an interest in maps, especially topo maps that show all the little details of the land
(this is how I navigated through the wilderness). Maps let you imagine what it's like to be somewhere. So I joined the
project as the "map-maker." The result is a comprehensive guidebook that encourages residents and visitors to visit these
little known natural areas. Below are a few samples of the more than two dozen maps I created.
An overview map of the entire town with each of the natural areas indicated in black. The green boxes give the name & some brief
information about each.
A beautiful woods full of birds and wild creatures, hidden from view by surrounding homes, fences, and streets.
This map of Forest River extended across 2 pages.