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CALL TO ACTION: Help DCR Parks - ELM Fy15 Green Budget Campaign
Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park | Park Serve Day | New Partnership Director
Where's Conrad Crawford? | Park Watch MEMA Tour | MEP Report a Violation Online Form
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Dear Friend,

It's nice to be appreciated. But it's even better to be fully funded!

In a recent letter,
DCR Commissioner Jack Murray assists Friends Network Facilitator Claudia Hurley(rt.)in presenting the Friends Network award of appreciation to the DCR Office of Cultural Resources, Patrice Kish, accepting for the Office, at the sixth annual Friends Network Conference, December 2013.
Commissioner Jack Murray, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), expressed his appreciation for our inviting him to the sixth annual Friends Network conference.

Murray wrote, "It was a pleasure for me to be a part of this conference and to have an opportunity to learn about the great things that our Friends Groups are doing in our state parks and forests and to be able to address everyone in attendance."

The Commissioner added his appreciation for what has become an integral part of the Friends Network conference tradition—Friends Groups showing our appreciation to outstanding DCR staff.

"Please accept my sincerest thanks," wrote Murray, "for the ways in which you recognize the contributions of our staff....I want to thank the Friends Network for the opportunity to be a part of this year's DCR Friend of the Year award to Ranger Ray McKinnon, Lt. Tom Bender and the DCR Office of Cultural Resources."

Murray concluded by saying, "Please accept my sincerest gratitude to all of the members of the Friends Network for your continued service, dedication and friendship."

You can show your appreciation for the Commissioner's support of Friends groups, the work our friends at DCR do everyday AND the park you love best by showing your legislators that real appreciation is more than words.

Here's how: CALL TO ACTION!

parksclosedThe Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is gathering stories that illustrate the impact of budget cuts on our state parks, forests, and beaches to support the FY15 Green Budget.

Every story counts and who has more stories than Friends Groups?

Click here to share your (park's) story and request adequate funding for your favorite park

After you send your story to ELM, help create a Friends Groups PowerPoint presentation on the affect of decades-long budget cuts to our parks. For inclusion in the presentation, send photos and captions illustrating the impact of DCR budget cuts in your park to:

We will post the presentation online at and send links to elected state officials of the participating Friends Groups.

With appreciation,
The Friends Network Facilitators

Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park Join the Friends Network

The Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports the Park. The Friends act as the fiscal agent for grants, they also help to restore and revive Park features, they also conduct and support programs and they advocate for the Park.

Visit the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park

FLHSP 2The Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park setting up their tent at the Bread & Roses Labor Day Festival in Lawrence's Campagnone Common.

The Friends organize trolley tours for the annual Kite Festival in Pemberton Park, and for the annual Bread & Roses Labor Day Festival in Lawrence. Each year the Friends hold a Movie Matinee and Film Festival at the Park.
The group runs the park's Museum Shop too.

Visit the LHSP Museum Shop Page

DCR park serve day logo

Save the Date!
DCR's Park Serve Day Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Lend a Hand for this Year’s Annual Park Serve Day.

If you or your Friends Group is interestedd in organizing or participating in a Park Serve Day Event, contact the supervisor at your favorite park.

If you need help finding contact information for the supervisor at your local park, call or email us at 617-626-1250 or

A Friendly Welcome to the New Partnership Director Tom Reece

Did you notice? A new name now appears on the DCR messages sent to Friends Groups.

The Friends Network welcomes Tom Reece to the position of DCR Director of Partnerships, Office of External Affairs and Partnerships.

Why not send Tom a welcome greeting, introduce your Friends Group and invite Tom to visit your park or attend your meeting?

Tom can be reached by email at

Where's Conrad Crawford?

Our congratulations to Conrad Crawford, now serving as the DCR Director, Office of External Affairs and Partnerships. Crawford was the DCR Director of Partnerships since 2008. He has been a frequent participant at Friends Groups' meetings and conferences throughout the Commonwealth and partnered with Friends Network facilitators at several conferences over the years. Best of luck in your new position, Conrad.

To report park concerns call:
1-866-PK-WATCH (866-759-2824)

ParkWatch Dispatch is now located at MEMA,
400 Worcester Road (Route 9 Eastbound)
Framingham, MA 01702-5399

MEMA Communications Center

MEMA on Facebook

ParkWatch Dispatch Now Operated by MEMA

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency charged with ensuring that the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures.

And MEMA is now the Dispatch Center for DCR and ParkWatch!

Dispatch is staffed with experienced dispatchers 24/7, 365 days a year to provide services on a statewide basis.

Tour the MEMA bunker in Framingham and learn how ParkWatch dispatchers work?

JOIN Friends on Earth Day, April 22, 10:00 am, for a tour of the undereground MEMA bunker. Space is limited and you must pre-register. If you are interested in touring MEMA contact:


Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) Online Violations Reporting Form for after-the-fact reporting


For violations currently in progress, please call MEP Dispatch at 1-800-632-8075.

For emergencies dial 911.

New on the MEP Website—Report a Violation Online Form

The mission of the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP), is to protect the environment and natural resources of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through enforcement, education, and public outreach. 

The Office is further charged with protecting the health, safety, and individual rights of the public and preserving our environment for future generations.

The MEP now has an Online reporting form for reporting violations. We are happy to note that when we reported a violation, a MEP Officer called to say that they had received the report and were targeting the area of concern for additional enforcement.

The next time you see a problem in your park, give it a try. Help target enforcement efforts. Report violations!

Help Distribute the Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Handbook in Your Town

The Mass Environmental Police (MEP) has produced an excellent booklet, The Handbook of Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Laws and Safe Operating Procedures for OHVs.

Copies of the Handbook are available for distribution by contacting OHV.SafetyCourse@Massmail.State.MA.US. Please help the MEP distribute the Handbooks. Thanks for your help.
February 11, 2014

Networking Friends

Enjoy a quick virtual stroll through Mass. Parks by clicking on the links below.
Featured Friends Group February 2014

Friends of Willard Brook install a bench honoring their founder (and the initiator of the DCR  Volunteer Policy)
Emily Norton.
the bench

DCR Partnering Organizations

Arborway Coalition

Bay State Trail Riders Association

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Blackstone Canal Conservancy, Inc.

Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee

Grand Trunk Trail Blazers

Green Futures

Mass Audubon

Mt. Tom State Reservation Citizens Advocacy Group

Native Tree Society

New England Mountain Bike Association

Olmstead 2022

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance

Friends of:

Alewife Reservation

Blue Hills Reservation

Boston Harbor Islands

Buckland State Forest

Dighton Rock Museum

Douglas, and Howe Park in Spencer State Forest

Freetown-Fall River State Forest

Hawksnest State Park

Harold Parker State Park

Lawrence Heritage State Park

Lynn Woods

Massasoit State Park

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 Foundation

Western Greenway

Willard Brook

Wompatuck State Park

If your group is not on this list and think it should be, please send an email to:

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Join Friends group leader Michael Toomey on LinkedIn for discussions relevant to Friends groups: Mass State Forests & Parks Friends Network

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