Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network Happenings
August 30, 2013
Green Futures & DCR Forestry Tours | Friends Network Conference—Focus on Friends OHV Handbooks | DCR Stewardship Council Meeting
We value your contribution to our parks and your participation in the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network. The Friends Network is an all volunteer group of citizens who believe our state parklands and trails benefit from strong public involvement. Together we can make a positive difference for all state parks. Feel free to contact us about parks in Massachusetts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Labor Day!
The Friends Network Facilitators
Green Futures Forestry Tour to precede the DCR Co–Peace Timber Sale Tour at Freetown State Forest, September 4, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 12:30 PM
Meet at the Civilian Conservation Corps Statue
Freetown-Fall River State Forest Headquarters
Slab Bridge Road, Freetown, MA.
The Green Futures Tour will terminate at the DCR Timber Sale Tour site at 3:00 PM.
Green Futures www.greenfutures.org
More information: Letter from Everett Castro to Peter Church, DCR Director of Forest Stewardship
DCR Co-Peace Timber Sale Tour:
September 4, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Freetown-Fall River State Forest
DCR Forester Paul Gregory will be leading a tour of the 48 acre Co-Peace Timber Sale in Freetown State Forest to discuss forest management techniques in a white pine forest type, provide a view of the trees designated for harvest, and explain how harvest operations will take place. A detailed silviculture prescription for the harvesting operation will be provided to attendees. The tour is a follow up to public process that occurred this past winter and included a public meeting and a written comment period.
Meet at the gated entrance to Haskal Path (forest road), which is approximately 0.4 miles east of South Main Street along Copicut Road. After visiting stand 1, the tour will proceed to the State Forest headquarters on Slab Bridge Road to visit stand 2. The tour will be conducted rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and to wear sturdy shoes.
For additional information about the tours and DCR forest management on state forests, parks, and reservations, please contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891.
For more information see
DCR Forest Management Proposal Freetown Co-Peace
Forest Management on State Lands
Freetown State Forest is located in south-east Massachusetts. From the north: Take Rte. 24 south to exit 10. Bear left onto South Main Street. Turn left at four corners onto Rte. 79 north and right onto Elm Street which then turns into Slab Bridge Road; continue for 1.5 miles to the forest entrance.
Friends Network 2013 Conference—Focus on Friends
Planning is underway for the 2013 Friends Conference. This year, everyone will have a chance to discuss the challenges particular to your Friends group. We will begin the day by reviewing the goals and priorities set at the 2007 Partners in Parks Conference (where the Friends Network began) and evaluate the current status of our original goals for better care of forests and parks in the Commonwealth. Review the 2007 Partners in Parks Report
Focus on Friends Conference goals. How can we:
Bring your group's brochures (sorry, no displays) and wear your group's logo clothing for the group photo. We will send out details about lunch options and a modest fee to cover space and materials soon. Please notice the change in location this year to Upton, which appears to be central to the most Friends groups.
We will be opening nominations in September for the Friends Volunteer of the Year and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Friend of the Year awards. Look for details in the next newsletter. Meanwhile:
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