Meet Commissioner Lambert at the Friends Network Conference!
September 6, 2011
The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network
...connecting volunteers serving forests and parks in Massachusetts!
Register today!

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network Conference
Saturday, October 22, 2011
9:30AM - 2:00PM
Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) Conference Room
Union Station
2 Washington Square - 2nd Floor
Worcester, MA 01604-4016

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Dear Sharl,

Can you believe it? The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network is entering its fifth year! We've come a long way as a grassroots organization because we are united by the same goals—we want what's best for our forests and parks and we're willing to volunteer to make it happen!

Since we first began networking in 2007, we've seen how effective it is when volunteers work together on statewide issues that affect local parks. Join your friends at the 4th Annual Friends Network Conference and help keep Massachusetts Friends groups and volunteers strong and connected.

Please let us know if you are planning on coming, and contact us if you have any questions at

Looking forward to seeing you at the Conference!
The Friends Network Facilitators

More about the Conference:
This year's conference will focus on strengthening the ties between Friends groups, and between volunteers of all types and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The Keynote Speaker will be DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert, speaking to the theme: Common Goals Strong Partnerships. Groups that pre-register will have an opportunity to introduce your group to the Commissioner and share the work you do that benefits your special forest or park.

The afternoon session will feature Robert T. Leverett, Eastern Native Tree Society Cofounder and Executive Director, Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest Cofounder and President, and old growth forest researcher. Robert's topic: Improving the Quality of our State Parks on a Shoestring Budget.

We'd like to see every Friends group in Massachusetts represented at the Conference. Your group may submit photos of volunteers in action for inclusion in a slide show presentation. All groups (you don't have to be in a Friends group to be part of the action) will have room to display materials.

The Conference is open to the public. Participants will be asked to pay $3.00 to help cover morning coffee and materials. A catered lunch is $8.00, available only to those who reserve by October 17. You may bring your own lunch. Parking is $2.00 for the first hour/$1.00 for every hour after at the Union Station Garage. Register early. Space is limited to 50.

Many thanks to our friends, Lawrence Adams and Trish Settles, at
CMRPC for hosting the Conference. It's a wonderful place to hold an event and we couldn't do it without them!

The Friends Network to recognize a DCR 'Friend' of the Year!
—Award nominations due by October 1, 2011

This year the Friends Network will honor a Department of Conservation and Recreation person who has shown exemplary efforts on behalf of forests, parks or Friends groups. Any DCR employee is eligible for this award.

Please submit a written narrative describing any combination of excellence in the following areas:
  • Work Performance
  • Judgment
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Support for Friends Groups
  • Citizen/Community Relations
Nominations close October 16. A list of nominees will be sent out through the Network for votes. Winners as well as nominees will be recognized at the Friends Network Conference on October 22. Send submissions to Thank you!
Also in this issue:
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Forest researcher and volunteer
Robert Leverett and the Crow's Nest Pine (around 120 feet in height) at Windsor State Forest. Photo by Monica Leverett.

Friends Network
Volunteer of the Year Award nominations due 10/1/2011

The Friends Network would like to recognize a volunteer who as benefitted public parklands in Massachusetts in an extraordinary way.

Please submit the name of an outstanding public lands volunteer, a brief description of the person's accomplishments, and supportive materials by October 1 to:

Nominations will be sent to networking members for voting. Winners and nominees will be honored at the Friends Network Conference in Worcester on October 22, 2011.

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Claudia Hurley (right) of the Friends of Robinson State Park receives the first Friends Network Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009 in recognition of her work on forestry issues.
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