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Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network News and Alerts  

March 15, 2013

Comment Deadline Today!
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is taking comments on its Response to the Forest Heritage Planning Process and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee Final Report that will allow commercial logging in the Quabbin Forest to resume.

The DCR will be accepting comments on the Response until March 15, 2013. 

Please email your comments on the Response to the STAC report to:; please put “STAC” in the subject line.

Note: Public comments submitted to DCR will be posted in their entirety on the DCR website.

More information
From Here Forward: Proposed Changes to the DCR Division of Water Supply Protection's Watershed Forest Management ProgramResponse to Forest Heritage Planning Process and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee Final Report
Call for Art!
The DCR is now seeking artists to paint wildlife and landscape scenes on all of the 99 unpainted Iron Rangers located in state parks across the Commonwealth. Donations collected in Iron Rangers are deposited in the Conservation Trust fund and go for improvements to the park in which they were collected.

A nicely painted Iron Ranger can inspire a significant increase in donations!

Deadline for design submission: April 26, 2013.

8th Annual Iron Ranger Painting Program Submissions Information

View beautifully painted Iron Rangers

List of Iron Ranger locations, including those that need painting
DCR to Host Workshops on Partnerships Matching Funds Program

Partnerships Matching Funds Workshops

North Region – March 19, 2013, 6 pm, Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden Street, Concord

West Region – March 21, 2013, 6 pm, DCR West Region Headquarters, 740 South Street, Pittsfield

Greater Boston – Monday, March 25, 6 pm, DCR Hatch Shell, Esplanade, Boston

South Region – week of March 25, location and time TBD

Central Region – week of March 25, location and time TBD

To encourage projects ideas for all DCR parks and properties, this year the agency will host workshops across the state.  At these workshops, DCR staff will provide information and guidance regarding the program, and explain the project development process.

DCR staff will assist partner organizations with the development of short project summaries, which are not expected to be longer than a paragraph.  Once these are complete, an agency representative will work with you to prepare your application in time for submission by Friday, April 12.

Questions? Contact Conrad Crawford, Director of Partnerships at 617-626-4964 or

50 Friends and Counting...

The Friends Network has identified 50 Friends groups 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

Please contact us with any corrections or additions at

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!


Networking Friends

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance

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) (e-mail contact)

Friends of:

Alewife Reservation

Blue Hills Reservation

Buckland State Forest
(e-mail contact)

Douglas, Howe Park and Spencer State Forest (email contact)

Fall River Freetown State Forest (e-mail contact)

Middlesex Fells Reservation

Myles Standish State Forest

Nickerson State Park

Quabbin and Ware River

Robinson State Park

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc.

Shawme-Crowell State Forest

Southeast Massachusetts Pine Barrens Allliance

Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT)

Shawme-Crowell State Forest

Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT)

Springside Park

Upton State Forest

Waquoit Bay Reserve

Wompatuck State Park
Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network

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MA Forest and Park Friends Network
P.O. Box 1199
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02362