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For The 7th Annual Friends Network Conference

FOCUS ON CONSERVATION


Join your Friends or become a Friend at the 7th Annual Friends Network Conference

Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
VFW Post 5594
15 Milford Street
Upton, MA 01568
 

Agenda Speakers

Nancy Putnam
Keynote Speaker: Nancy Putnam

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Director of Ecology and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.

Topic: DCR Ecology Projects and Priorities

Image 22 2 Bill Taylor, Friends of Upton State Forest.

Overview of Friends’ Conservation and Restoration Projects Throughout the Commonwealth
Gerry Wright Gerry Wright, Founder and President of Friends of Jamaica Pond.

Olmsted 2022
Karl Pastore Karl Pastore, DCR South Region Director

Parks Mass Parks License Plates Campaign & (the Largest Mass. Forest Restoration Project) Restoring the SE Mass Pine Barrens
Regosin 2 Jon Regosin, Ph.D., Chief of Conservation Science, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

The Key Sites Public Land Management Initiative
 
Greg Goodfellow 2 Gregory Goodfellow, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
 
Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer & Wasp Watchers Program
Friends of Scusset YOU! —Friends Groups & Volunteers sharing their 2014 accomplishments and challenges.

HURRY. DEADLINE APPROACHING—SHARE PHOTOS OF YOUR GROUP'S WORK AND PLAY IN THE (1) GROUP INTRODUCTIONS; (2) FRIENDS GROUP DCR PARTNERSHIP CONSERVATION PRESENTATION; (3) AND OPEN DIALOG.

Deadline for submitting photos has been extended to Nov. 24. Groups or volunteers may send up to 3 photos for any or each of the above sessions. Photo submissions must include a caption, your group's name, and indicate which of the 3 sessions they belong. More info below. Send to:    Friend@NetworkingFriends.net


PREPARE FOR THE CONFERENCE

  VIEW AGENDA

  REGISTER HERE

   Directions to the Upton VFW Hall
   Upton Map
√   Review Highlights from the 2013 Friends Network Conference

  1. Friends Groups Introductions – 2014 Accomplishments and Challenges. Let us help you introduce your group. Send up to three slides for the group presentation. Participating groups will have 3 minutes to share their stories. Send all materials to Friend@NetworkingFriends.net

  2. Overview of Friends’ Conservation and Restoration Projects Throughout the Commonwealth. Send examples of your group's conservation and restoration projects, including slides and a brief description. Examples may include: tree planting, invasive plant removal, education workshop, vernal pool certification, wildlife projects, habitat and wetland restoration.  Send all materials to Friend@NetworkingFriends.net

  3. Open Dialogue - Share what you want. No restrictions. Just keep it polite and respectful. How can the Network and other Friends groups support you through networking? Send photos if they help make your point to: Friend@NetworkingFriends.net

  4. Nominate a DCR Employee for the Friends Network 2014 DCR Friend of the Year Award. Link to nomination form below.

  5. Nominate a DCR Volunteer for the Friends Network 2014 Friend of the Year Award, Link to nomination form below.


Nominate a DCR Employee for the Friends Network 2014 DCR Friend of the Year Award

Each year, the Friends Network seeks nominations for the Friends Network DCR Friend of the Year Award. The Award honors the DCR employees who exhibit exemplary effort on behalf of DCR parks and trails, and, through their work, provide support and encouragement for 'Friends' groups and other volunteers.

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DCR Commissioner Jack Murray and Acting Chief Ranger Chris Williams presenting the DCR Friend of the Year Award to Bureau of Ranger Services Ray McKinnon and Lt. Tom Bender, with Friends Network Facilitator Claudia Hurley at the 2013 conference.

DCR Commissioner Jack Murray assisting in the presentation of the DCR Friend of the Year Award to Patrice Kish, who accepted the award on behalf of the entire DCR Office of Cultural Resources, with Friends Network Facilitator Claudia Hurley on right at the 2013 conference.

Recipients of the DCR Friend of the Year Award: 

  • Consistently perform above and beyond his or her job description
  • Exhibit a love of DCR forests, parks, beaches and trails
  • Demonstrate the values of teamwork, partnership and collaboration
  • Display the willingness to work with volunteers for the benefit of a DCR property or properties and encourage greater community involvement in the care of public lands.

Nominate the DCR person or agency you think deserves special recognition from us all. The deadline for nominations is November 21. Nominees will be recognized at the Friends Network Annual Conference on December 6, 2014.

Please submit nominations here:  The Friends Network 2014 DCR Friend of the Year Nomination Form


Nominate a DCR Volunteer for the Friends Network 2014 Friend of the Year Award

Every year the Friends Network recognizes volunteers who serve the DCR parklands in extraordinary ways.

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DCR Commissioner Murray with 2013 Friend of the Year Award winner Melissa Guimont, Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, with Friends Network Facilitator Claudia Hurley and Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Representative John Bescherer (right).

DCR Commissioner Murray with 2013 Friend of the Year Award winner William Finn, Mt. Tom State Reservation Advocacy Group and Friends Network Facilitator Claudia Hurley.



Nominees for the Friends Network Volunteer of the Year Award excel in one or more areas to:

  • Exemplify accomplishment achieved through volunteerism
  • Manifest the ability to mobilize other volunteers
  • Display a willingness for on-going involvement
  • Demonstrate vision, vitality, determination, selflessness and generosity in the care of DCR properties
  • Invest significant time, talent and effort on behalf of DCR forests, parks, beaches and/or trails.

Nominate the volunteer or volunteers you think deserve special recognition. The deadline for nominations is November 21. Nominees will be recognized at the Friends Network Annual Conference on December 6, 2014.

Friends Network 2014 Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

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Who's Networking?

Arborway Coalition

Bay State Trail Riders Association

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee

Grand Trunk Trail Blazers


Green Futures

Mass Audubon

Mt. Tom Citizens Advocacy Committee

New England Mountain Bike Association

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance


*** Western Massachusetts Public Lands Alliance - New Friends Group!

Friends of:

Alewife Reservation

Blue Hills Reservation

Boston Harbor Islands

Buckland State Forest

Dighton Rock Museum

Douglas, Howe Park and Spencer State Forest

Freetown-Fall River State Forest

Hawksnest State Park

Harold Parker State Forest


Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park

Lynn Woods

Middlesex Fells Reservation

Mohawk Trail State Forest

Myles Standish State Forest

Mystic River

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

Western Greenway

Willard Brook

Wompatuck State Park

Put your group on the list. Contact: friend@networkingfriends.net

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