Nominations Extended for the Friends Network DCR Friend of the Year
Each year, the Friends Network honors DCR employees who exhibits exemplary efforts on behalf of forests, parks and Friends or other volunteer groups. Show your appreciation for the DCR person or agency that you think deserves special recognition through your nomination.
Please submit a brief narrative describing any combination of excellence in the following areas:
Work Performance, Judgment, Initiative, Integrity, Support for Friends Groups, Citizen/Community Relations, Other?
All DCR employees are eligible for this award. The nomination deadline has been extended to November 21. Nominees will be recognized at the Friends Network Annual Conference on December 7, 2013.
Please submit nominations using the official Friends Network 2013 DCR Friend of the Year Nomination Form
Photo Above: DCR Ron Clough receives the 2012 DCR Friend of the Year Award.
Nominations Extended for the Friends Network Volunteer of the Year
Each year the Friends Network recognizes volunteers who have benefited State parklands in an extraordinary way. If you know of a volunteer who deserves thanks and recognition for the good work they do on behalf of state parklands, please submit a nomination form. The nomination(s) deadline has been extended to November 21. We have created an online nomination form to streamline the nomination applications.
All volunteers are eligible. Nominees will be recognized at the Friends Network Annual Conference on December 7, 2013.
Friends Network 2013 Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form
Photo Above: Ellen Mass, Friends of the Alewife Reservation, receives 2012 Friend of the Year Award.
DCR Stewardship Council Corner
December 6, 2013, 1 pm - 3 pm: Lawrence Heritage State Park
View the 2013-2014 Stewardship Council Oversight Strategy
The DCR Stewardship Council is a thirteen member citizen board appointed by the Governor to oversee DCR polices and programs.
Members of the public are allowed a few minutes to make comments at each meeting. The Stewardship Council holds its monthly meetings at various parks across the state to encourage public participation.
Take the opportunity to introduce your Friends group to the Stewardship Council when the meeting is held in your area. If you go, please send a brief report to firstname.lastname@example.org
Review the DCR Draft Volunteer Policy and the Draft Parks & Recreation Rules & Regulations. Attend one of the public meetings in your area where DCR will present both of the drafts at the same meeting!
√ Read the Draft Volunteers in Parks Program Guide.
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 Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations.
√ View the Draft Parks and Regulation Rules and Regulations Public Presentation
Adoption of these regulations will consolidate existing regulations of predecessor agencies to DCR and will define and comprehensively regulate parks and recreational facilities, and their use by the public, under DCR's care and control.
√ Attend a public meeting in your area.
DCR staff will present both the Volunteers in Parks Program Guide AND the DCR revised draft of DCR's Volunteers in Parks Program Guide.
√ Comment on the draft guidelines. Comments will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013, by emailing DCR.Updates@state.ma.us. Note "Volunteers in Parks Program" or "Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations" in the subject line.
Public Meeting Schedule
Saying Goodbye to Emmitt Francis
by Ellen Arnold
In our [Friends of Upton State Forest] January 2009 newsletter, we introduced DCR Ranger, Captain Jennifer Stowe, and her Search and Rescue dog, Emmitt Francis. Both have special ties to Upton State Forest.
Some of you may remember Jenn from her time training with the mounted unit at Upton State Forest. Emmitt was born in Upton and purchased with assistance from a local fundraiser through Nipmuc Rod and Gun Club. He was named after an Upton man, Francis Wollaston who was known for his conservation efforts. Emmitt trained at Upton and it was a treat to see him on the trails.
Today [November 4] we learned the sad news that Emmitt lost his ten month battle with cancer. We will miss him and our sympathy goes out to Captain Stowe for his loss. RIP Emmitt Francis.
Read how Emmitt Francis became a Search and Rescue Dog in the January 2009 FUSF Newsletter.