Vote now for the Friends Network Volunteer & DCR "Friend" Awards
  
October 10, 2011
 
The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network
...connecting volunteers serving forests and parks in Massachusetts!
Dear Sharl,

Please vote today for the Friends Network Volunteer of the Year and the Friends Network DCR 'Friend' of the Year.  Voting closes midnight, October 12, 2011.
To vote, go to Friends Network 2011 Awards


Nominees for the Friends Network Volunteer of the Year Award are:

Paul Louiselle, Vice President, Friends of Scusset Beach

Dr. Manuel Luciano da Silva, President, Friends of Dighton Rock State Park & Museum

Nan Finkenaur, Friends of Georgetown Rowley State Forest


Nominees for the Friends Network Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) 'Friend' of the Year Award are:

John DeCosta, Park Supervisor of Scusset Beach State Reservation

Alec Gillman, Mt Greylock State Reservation, DCR CCC Program Committee Coordinator

Tim Rayworth, Northeast Region, Member DCR CCC Program Committee

Timothy Zelazo, District Manager, North Berkshire District

The DCR Civilian Conservation Corps Program Committee

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network will recognize the achievements of a volunteer who has served public forests, parks, or trails in Massachusetts in an extraordinary way.

The Friends Network will also honor a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) employee who has shown exemplary efforts on behalf of forests, parks, trails, or Friends groups/volunteers.

The winners and nominees will be recognized at the Friends Network Conference on October 22, 2011, CMRPC Office, Union Station, Worcester. Voting is open to the public. You do not have to be a member of the Friends Network or a member of a Friends group to vote or to attend the Friends Network Conference.

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

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

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More About the Massahcusetts Forest and Park
Friends Network Conference

Registration 9:30 AM

Morning Session
10:00 AM Keynote Speaker
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Edward M. Lambert: Common Goals Strong Partnerships.

11:00 AM Volunteer Presentations
Groups that pre-register introduce their volunteer work to the Commissioner (5-10 min. each)

11:45  Award Presentations
Friends Network Volunteer of the Year Award
Friends Network DCR Friend of the Year Award

Lunch 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Afternoon Session
12:30 PM    Robert T. Leverett, Eastern Native Tree Society Co-founder and Executive Director,  Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest Co-founder and President, old-growth forest researcher:  Improving the Quality of our State Parks on a Shoestring Budget

1:00 PM     Group Discussion Following Mr. Leverett's Talk: How Volunteers Can Help Massachusetts State Forests, Parks and Trails Survive the Budget Crunch. No matter where you volunteer in the State, your input is important!

1:30 PM     Conrad Crawford, DCR Director of Partnerships, Volunteer Update

1:45 PM    Sharon Jordan, Friends Network Representative to the   Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Committee

The Conference is open to the public. The cost $3.00 to help cover morning coffee and materials. A catered lunch is $8.00, available 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.

Many thanks to our friends, Lawrence Adams and Trish Settles, at CMRPC for hosting the Conference.
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In this issue:

Vote for the Friends Network Volunteer of the Year

Vote for the Friends Network DCR 'Friend' of the Year

The Friends Network Conference, October 22, 2011

The 7th Annual Forest Summit
October 13-14, 2011

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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.
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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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The 7th Annual Forest Summit

Hosted by Holyoke Community College
and the Eastern Native
Tree Society

October 13-14, 2011
Kittredge Center
People's Bank Conference Room

Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040


Registration will be taken at the door, no pre-registration necessary.
Free and Open to the Public.

Contact Gary Beluzo for more information at gbeluzo@hcc.edu or (413) 552-2445.

The 7th Annual Forest Summit

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Find out which Friends groups (and friends of Friends groups) are networking for Massachusetts Forests and Parks here.


All volunteers to Massachusetts forests, parks, and trails are welcome to join. Joining is easy, just send us your email address. All members are welcome to share approved  information through the Friends Network.


Every forest and park needs friends!



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