Nominations Due 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. Nominations are due by November 17. Award winners 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 2012 DCR Friend of the Year Award.
Nominations Due 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 official nomination(s) are due by November 17. We have created an online nomination form to streamline the nomination applications.
All volunteers are eligible. Award winners 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 Meeting
November 1, 2013, 1 pm - 3 pm
Myles Standish State Forest
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.
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.
Public Meeting Schedule
Featured Friends Group
Friends of the Blue Hills Reservation
Friends of the Blue Hills (FBH) has been caring for the Blue Hills Reservation in Eastern Massachusetts for over 35 years. All Friends groups can learn a little something from FBH. Their website features their volunteers, preservation initiatives, regularly scheduled events and current news articles that keep the group fresh in the minds of local citizens and officials. The group was actively involved in the recent Blue Hills Reservation Resource Management Plan process, organizing over 100 people to take part in supportive workshops. They have begun the Healthy Forests; Healthy People campaign, raising awareness about how human health is linked to the health of forests.
Check out the FBH website