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Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network News and Alerts  

July 7, 2013

Celebrate the CCC Legacy!
80th Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps
Saturday, July 13, 2013
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ceremony at 11:00 am

CCCenrollee w maddoxsmallCome honor the men who laid the cornerstone for the Massachusetts State Parks system, and enjoy a day of fun. A recognition ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by a celebration at noon, with anniversary cake and displays in the CCC Headquarters building.  There will also be a camp tour, an authentic CCC truck, a ham radio booth, and other activities for young and old. Bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic tables. At 1:00 p.m., you are invited to Hike Through History with us as we visit CCC sites in the forest. This is a moderate hike with a short and long option.

You are welcome to come for all or any part of the day.
Directions from east or west: Mass Pike (Rte. I-90) to Rte. I-495 south to Upton exit 21B. Right off ramp, go straight 3.5 miles and take sharp right onto Westborough Road, stay right at the top of the hill. Upton State Forest is 2 miles on the right.
Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.

For questions, contact the Friends of Upton State Forest at or DCR Community Relations at (617) 626-4973.

Note: The Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy Foundation strives to bring awareness to the heritage of the CCC, CCC alumni, their programs and accomplishments. Visit the CCC Legacy Foundation on Facebook

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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 by placing them at your local parks, libraries, police stations, schools, pediatricians' offices and other areas where safety information is made available to the public. Foldout pamphlets are available for the asking as well. The more people are aware of the new laws, the better for our forests, parklands and all visitors. Thanks for your help!

51 Friends and Counting...

The Friends Network has identified 51 Friends groups (just added the Arborway Coalition!) actively serving DCR parks throughout the Commonwealth. Check out the list of DCR parks that have or need Friends groups and make sure your group is among the Friends we've found!
DCR Properties/Friends

Check out the Friends groups listing on this page. Please contact us with any corrections or additions at

DCR Stewardship Council

Next Meeting: July 25, 2013, 1pm - 3pm, Quabbin Reservoir

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Stewardship Council is a thirteen member citizen advisory council appointed by the Governor to work with the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Commissioner of Conservation and Recreation, and agency staff.

The Council held their first meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 in Wellesley. The Stewardship Council works with the agency to provide a safe, accessible, well-maintained, and well-managed system of open spaces and recreational facilities. These facilities are comprised of urban, suburban and rural open space; forests; parks; reservations; recreational facilities; waterways; parkways; water bodies; and coastlines that are managed and maintained on behalf of the public for the purposes of natural, historic, and cultural resource protection, sustainable recreation, and education.

More about the DCR Stewardship Council

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The Great Park Pursuit

Please help DCR spread the word about the 2013 Great Park Pursuit – it’s a great Massachusetts state park family adventure!

Click here for information and registration.

Thank You,
From Amy Wilmot, DCR Regional Interpretive Coordinator.

Networking Friends

Arborway Coalition

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee

Grand Trunk Trail Blazers

Mass Audubon

Mt. Tom Citizens Advocacy Committee (Mt. Tom State Reservation)

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance

Friends of:

Alewife Reservation

Blue Hills Reservation

Buckland State Forest

Douglas, Howe Park and Spencer State Forest

Fall River Freetown State Forest

Hawksnest State Park

Middlesex Fells Reservation

Myles Standish State Forest

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

Willard Brook

Wompatuck State Park

Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network

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MA Forest and Park Friends Network
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Plymouth, Massachusetts 02362