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Dear Friends,

Here is an important UPDATE from Friends of Myles Standish State Forest

PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE CHANGE: The Myles Standish State Forest Resource Management Planning (RMP) Workshop has been rescheduled!

The final RMP workshop, focusing on infrastructure and operations, which was scheduled for Wed., Jan. 12, has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday, Feb. 12, 2-4 PM.  

The Friends of MSSF apologize for the confusion, but it is our hope that those who were unable to come to the four previous weekday-evening RMP workshops will be able to attend this final workshop. In addition, the date change will allow DCR officials to conduct a tour of the MSSF facilities, highlighting the inner workings of forest maintenance and management.

The “Infrastructure Tour” will begin at 1 PM at the MSSF Maintenance Building, 194 Cranberry Road, S. Carver. The workshop will immediately follow the tour, beginning at 2 PM at the MSSF Conference Building, next door to the Maintenance Building and across the street from the MSSF Headquarters. You are welcome to come to one or both events. You may call MSSF Headquarters phone for more information or directions at 508-866-2526.

Your input is very important to the future of the forest. If you’re unable to attend any of the meetings, but would like to have input into the future management of MSSF, you may send your comments until the end of February to Jim Baecker, Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation Office of Regional Planning, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA  02114.  Phone: 617-626-1355. Email: jim.baecker@state.ma.us.  

The DCR will sponsor an additional public meeting in March 2011, when the draft RMP is ready for public comment.

For more information, please visit the Friends of MSSF website at www.friendsmssf.com, or the DCR Public Meetings Pages at www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicmeetings/rmppast.htm.

Also in this Bulletin:

RMP Date Change

FMSSF Potluck Party

Sustainability Forum—Water Supply

Mass Audubon's Focus on Feeders-Feb. 5-6

Friends of MSSF 2nd Annual Potluck Supper Party

RSVP's are coming in fast and space is limited. RSVP soon to assure your place at the table!

Guest Speaker DCR Fire Patrolman Mike Marquardt

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Myles Standish State Forest Conference Building
Appetizers from 5:00 PM
Dinner at 6:00 PM

Sample Greg White's Famous Clam Chowder! Celebrate DCR Staff and Friends of MSSF 2010 Accomplishments. Vegetarian or meat lasagna main course will be provided. (Unfortunately, Jim Nelson can't make the party. Unless someone else has MSSF Venison Stew, we may miss this special dish from the menu this year. We'll keep you posted.)

Last names A thru N bring beverages (non alcoholic) or appetizers; last names O thru Z bring salad or dessert. Think green. Bring your own tableware. Children are welcome. The party is accessible. Space is limited to the first 50 who RSVP.

Click here to RSVP


FORUM ON OUR WATER SUPPLY

Water, Water, Everywhere, But . . .

The Plymouth Area League of Women Voters is holding a public forum on sustainability on Thursday, January 20 from 7:00 – 8:45 PM in the Mayflower Room, Plymouth Town Hall.  The topic is Water, Water, Everywhere, but . . .. Our Water Supply – Is it Clean? Who owns it? Will it last? Is it protected? 

Senator Therese Murray will introduce the program.  She led the effort in the legislature to create the Plymouth-Carver Aquifer Advisory Committee and has demonstrated a commitment to preserving this valuable resource.

The main speaker will be Scott Horsley, Consulting Hydrologist and President of Horsley Witten Group. The Horsley Witten Group is an environmental services firm whose mission is to protect our natural resources. They worked on the Plymouth Water Master Plan and the PineHills water system and on many projects related to integrated water, waste water, storm water and water supply management.

A panel of experts consists of Valerie Massard, Plymouth town planner, Marc Garrett, Chair of the Plymouth Planning Board and Malcolm MacGregor, Professor of Marine Safety and Environmental Protection at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and George Crombie, Norwich University Senior Faculty Member and President, American Public Works Association.

Water is necessary for all life and critical for a healthy environment and economy. We must all do our part to protect it. The forum is open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend, to listen, discuss and learn and act.


Mass Audubon’s 2011 Focus on Feeders Weekend February 5-6, 2011

Note from Friends of MSSF: This is a valuable volunteer activity, especially important for the birds of the southeastern MA pine barrens!

Join the fun and participate in this long-standing tradition by reporting the number and species of birds in your backyard and visiting your feeders during the weekend of February 5th and 6th. Results from across the Commonwealth — including yours! — will be tallied and  displayed on our website by the end of March.

Visit Mass Audubon's website for more information and an official 2011 Focus on Feeders Report


See the Friends of MSSF Hiking and Birding Meetup Group for up-to-date information on hikes and activities

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