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Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network News and Alerts  

June 28, 2013

FRIENDS GROUPS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!

On June 27, 2013 the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) replaced the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) website. As a result, the previous links to many of the DCR webpages and documents no longer work.

If you are a Friends group with online links to DCR websites and documents, you will need to re-link to those sites and information sources. 

Be patient, searching for documents at the EOEEA website over all of the EOEEA agencies seems to require a lot of time.

If you have trouble finding specific information, you may send an email to friend@networkingfriends.net and we will try to direct you.

We will be updating links on the Friends Network website at www.networkingfriends.net as time permits but it is a huge job. Our updated DCR and other State agency links will have a red checkmark before the URL.

Below you'll find a message sent by the DCR Partnerships Director regarding the Mass.Gov "portalized" website.

Also, we've updated the link to the DCR revised draft, Volunteers in Parks Program Guide, and updated the links in the other articles sent on June 26. We've added information about the upcoming 80th Anniversary Celebration of founding of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Happy updating everyone,

Friends Network Facilitators

From: "Crawford, Conrad (DCR)" <conrad.crawford@state.ma.us>
Subject: DCR Website - Portalization
Date: June 26, 2013 2:54:26 PM PDT

Dear Friends,
 
In keeping with a Secretariat-wide initiative to move all EEA agency websites into the Mass.Gov portal, DCR is pleased to announce that our new “portalized” website is scheduled to be launched tomorrow, June 27th. The website has undergone significant renovations and will have a dramatically different look. In addition, you will notice that site navigation has been re-organized and streamlined. As a Secretariat-wide initiative, and pursuant to new standards that are being applied and implemented across other parts of the Executive Branch, the new website will also feature stronger links to other state agencies and departments – particularly our sister agencies within EEA. We will also be able to take advantage of powerful new search tools and the portal is optimized for mobile devices to better serve our customers.
 
Please note that this effort is still very much a work in progress and that DCR’s website will continue to evolve and grow over the next several weeks and months. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through this process. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. You may direct your inquiries to DCR.Updates@state.ma.us.
 
Thank you,
DCR
DCR Releases Draft Volunteer Policy
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Volunteers at Myles Standish State Forest. This photo is included in the Volunteers in Parks Program Guide along with numerous photos of other Friends groups in action. Go Friends!
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has released a revised draft of DCR's Volunteers in Parks Program Guide. A  copy of the draft is available at the following link: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/draftvolunteerpolicy.pdf

DCR will be seeking public input through a series of public meetings and a subsequent 30-day public comment period. Public meeting dates and locations will be announced soon.

The document establishes guidelines for extending liability protections to volunteers and nonprofit organizations engaged in activities that support and promote DCR's mission and our parks system. Read the Draft, talk it over with your Friends, and plan to attend the public meeting in your area. We'll keep you posted.

More about the DCR Draft Volunteers in Parks Program Guide √  here
SAVE THE DATE:
Civilian Conservation Corps  80th Anniversary Celebration
July 13, 2013
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The DCR with the Friends of Upton State Forest will honor the men who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as they celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the CCC on  July 13 at Upton State Forest.  All Friends groups, and especially those who support parks developed by the CCC,  are invited to attend and participate.

If you know of a former CCC member who might like to receive recognition or would like to be part of the celebration in honor of a CCC family member, please contact Friends of Upton State Forest at news@friendsofuptonstateforest.org.
Action Plan for the Conservation of State-listed Obligate Grassland Birds in Massachusetts

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Map contained withing the An Action Plan for the Conservation of State–listed Obligate Grassland Birds in Massachusetts shows the locations and rankings of sites known to have Upland Sandpipers or Grasshopper Sparrows since 1990.

When you read the tables in this plan, you will be struck with how these birds are relegated to living on airports, military reservations, landfills and prisons. Most of them are unprotected sites.

It's a little late for comment but take a look at the The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife An Action Plan for the Conservation of State–listed Obligate Grassland Birds in Massachusetts has been completed and is available online here.

This plan provides the foundation for instituting a state-wide bird conservation program in Massachusetts.

FYI: You can find other Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) projects under review posted at the Environmental Monitor.

We thank Wendy Howes for providing the links.

Wendy is seeking information and personal anecdotes about Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, etc., for an article she is writing on the management of bobolinks and other non-endangered (so far) grassland birds on public lands in Massachusetts.

If you have an interest in protecting grassland birds, please contact Wendy Howes at curiousbooks@verizon.net

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

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


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!

Friends Welcome Commissioner Murray

Department of Conservation and Recreation Deputy Commissioner Jack Murray was appointed commissioner of DCR, effective June 22, 2013.The Friends would like to welcome Commissioner Murray and thank former Commissioner Ed Lambert, who will take over the position of Vice Chancellor of Government Relations and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, for his hard work and the support he showed for Friends groups over the past few years. As we say goodbye to Mr. Lambert, we look forward to meeting and working with Commissioner Murray.

Secretary Sullivan Announces Jack Murray as Commissioner of DCR


Vernal Pool Chronicles

Jonathan Twining, Environmental Science instructor at Eastern Nazarene College, has produced a series of educational videos and photos about vernal pools. He is offering them for free to further the training of people who would like to certify or learn more about vernal pools.

You will enjoy every episode!

Vernal Pool Chronicles


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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

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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