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Take the Friends Network 2013 Conference
'Focus on Friends'

Dear Friend,

This year's Friends Network conference will Focus on Friends.

Friends groups will spend a day sharing their successes and discussing their most pressing challenges. Friends who have successfully met challenges will tell the rest of us how they did it. You'll find the support you need or you may be able to help others accomplish good works that benefit all of our parks. Friends throughout the Commonwealth will work together to identify initiatives leading to world-class forests and parks in Massachusetts.

Focus on Friends promises to be our most dynamic conference yet and your input is critical. We know you spend many hours volunteering on behalf of the natural and cultural resources that belong to us all. Your time is valuable, so help plan a Friends conference that strengthens networking and focuses on what matters most to you. 

Please fill out the Focus on Friends survey and help plan the Friends Network 2013 Conference. Then plan on meeting your Friends at the Focus on Friends conference on December 7, 2013.

Click here to take the Focus on Friends survey

Thank you for taking the survey. Survey responses are due October 7, 2013.

See you at the Conference,

The Friends Network Facilitators
Friends Network 2013 Conference
Focus on Friends
Saturday, December 7
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
VFW Post 5594
15 Milford Street
Upton, Massachusetts
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Help Distribute The Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Handbook

The Mass Environmental Police (MEP) has produced an excellent booklet, The Handbook of Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Laws and Safe Operating Procedures for OHVs.

Hard copies of the Handbook are available for distribution by contacting OHV.SafetyCourse@Massmail.State.MA.US. Please help the MEP distribute the Handbooks. Thanks for your help!

DCR Stewardship Council Meeting

October 4, 2013, 1 pm - 3 pm: Dunn State Park

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Stewardship Council is a thirteen member citizen council appointed by the Governor to oversee DCR polices and programs.

Members of the public are allowed a few minutes to make comments at each meeting. The Stewardship Council holds its monthly meetings at various parks across the state to encourage public participation.

Why not take the opportunity to introduce your Friends group to the Stewardship Council when the meeting is held in your area. If you go, please send a report to

More about the DCR Stewardship Council

Sign up for the 2013 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference

Registration is open for the 2013 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference to be held in Lexington on Friday, October 18.  

Does your park contain historic resources? Learn what you can do to help preserve them at this conference. Join your colleagues for sessions, roundtables and case studies focused on current issues, best practices, preservation fundamentals and advanced topics. Visit the Resource Room, and network with fellow preservationists and professionals throughout the day.

Conference details are available here

Featured Friends Group - Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation

Friends of Fells hires Youth Program Director

We are pleased to announce that the Friends has hired a Youth Program Director for twenty hours per week to expand our current youth programs to meet ever-increasing community demands. The youth coordinator will work with various Stoneham-based youth organizations and the public schools to develop a wide array of nature-focused programs.

The goal of these programs is to instill an appreciation of nature. In addition, the coordinator will foster connections with these organizations and the surrounding communities. This position has been funded by a grant received from One-World Boston and the Cummings Foundation.

The Friends Network pick for October Friends event

Spirit Walk
10:00 am - Noon
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013
Greenwood Park across from the Stone Zoo
Pond Street, Stoneham (map)

Leader: Walter Kittredge. Spiritual traditions the world over have long venerated trees, particularly those of great age, for their life-giving attributes. The Fells forest harbors many of its own giant old oaks and pines.

Exploring traditional techniques, we will walk among these tall spirits of the forest and engage them in a dialogue: connecting with the trees, waking them up, asking questions, and travelling with them into the spirit world.

Meet at Greenwood Park across from the Stone Zoo, Pond St., Stoneham. Rain cancels.

Email for more information.

Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation

Networking Friends

Arborway Coalition

Bay State Trail Riders Association

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee

Grand Trunk Trail Blazers

Green Futures

Mass Audubon

Mt. Tom Citizens Advocacy Committee

New England Mountain Bike Association

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance

Friends of:

Alewife Reservation

Blue Hills Reservation

Buckland State Forest

Dighton Rock Museum

Douglas, Howe Park and Spencer State Forest

Fall River Freetown State Forest

Hawksnest State Park

Harold Parker State Park

Middlesex Fells Reservation

Myles Standish State Forest

Mystic River

Nickerson State Park

Quabbin and Ware River

Robinson State Park

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc.

Scusset Beach Reservation, Inc.

Shawme-Crowell State Forest

Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT)

Springside Park

Upton State Forest

Wachusetts Mountain

Waquoit Bay Reserve

Western Greenway

Willard Brook

Wompatuck State Park

Join Friends group leader Michael Toomey on LinkedIn for discussions relevant to Friends groups: Mass State Forests & Parks Friends Network

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network

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P.O. Box 1199
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02362