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Friends of Myles Standish State Forest News

0ctober 18, 2010



Thank you, Sharl,

Your support of the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest (FMSSF) is vital to the forest. Please take a few minutes to read this newsletter and please continue your support!

Don't Miss This! DCR Sets Public Meeting to Discuss the Development of a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Myles Standish State Forest

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is devloping a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF) to guide future preservation and stewardship efforts and  ensure consistency between the forest's recreational uses and the protection of its natural resources. The RMP is the most important document ever to be produced for the forest. Anyone with an interest in the forest should try to attend the Oct. 28 public meeting.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Carver High School Auditorium

60 South Meadow Road, Carver


Press Release: DCR schedules public meeting to discuss development of a resource management plan for Myles Standish State Forest
DCR meeting notice on the preparation for the Resource Management Plan for MSSF

Friends To Host Resource Focus Groups For Greater Public Input Into DCR's RMP Planning Process for the Myles Standish State Forest

FMSSF will host five focus groups providing an opportunity for greater public input into the DCR Resource Management Planning process. We invite all "stakeholders" to share local knowledge and your "vision" for MSSF's future. Focus Groups will have input into the following areas:
1.        Pinelands, Plantations and Wildlife Management -Wed., Nov. 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
2.        Vernal Pools & Ponds Management -Wed., Nov. 17,
7-8:30 p.m.
3.        Historical & Cultural Resources and Interpretive Services -TBA (Dec.)
4.        Recreational Resources -TBA (Jan.)
5.        Infrastructure and Operations -TBA (Jan.)
Please try to attend the focus groups in your areas of interest. DCR staff with expertise in the 5 areas listed above will engage in deeper discussions and information sharing with stakeholders. Your input at these gatherings will make a difference! The focus groups will be held in the MSSF Conference Building across the street from the MSSF headquarters.
You are a MSSF Stakeholder if you care about the forest, have data on the forest that can help inform the Resource Management Plan, or have a "vision" for the forest's future. To make sure your name is on the MSSF Stakeholder List, please send your contact information to FMSSF or Jim Baecker, Office of Regional Planning, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, 617-626-1355.
More information on the RMP is posted on the Friends of MSSF website


John Joseph teaching the Map Reading and Navigation Course. Thank you John!


A Great Day in MSSF— Map Reading & Navigation Course AND The Welcome-the-Bog-To-MSSF Hike and Party!

You missed a great day if you weren't at the forest on Sept. 11. Carver Reporter Frank Mand spent the whole day with FMSSF. First Frank attended the Navigation and Map Reading Course, set up and taught by FMSSF member John Joseph with the help of Surveyor Randy Parker of Land Management Systems, Inc. Frank and John came along on the hike to the bog, led by Friends of MSSF Trails Chair Peter McLaughlin, and both stayed for the Welcome-the- Bog-To-MSSF party at Helga and Kurt Stottmeier's house. Frank obviously enjoyed the day. He went home and wrote a wonderful article about the bog for the Carver Reporter. Thank you to everyone who made this day in MSSF so memorable.

Little known area of Myles Standish State Forest catches attention of the state, By Frank Mand, September 18, 2010







Al Drollett and Laura Troll spent much of the summer monitoring blue bird nesting boxes in Cutter's Field, MSSF. Photo by Julie Outericky.

 Native Bird Support Group Puts Birds to Bed

On Friday, September 17, seven members of the Native Bird Support Group gathered in 24 bird nesting boxes from Cutter's Field, in MSSF. Thank you to Melissa Guimont, Chair of the Native Bird Support Group for organizing the work party; Thom Gifford, FMSSF Equestrian Co-chair, who arrived early and ended up taking all of the boxes home to dry out (it had rained early that morning); Al Drollett, who made the birdhouse kits and then monitored them all season; Kathy MacDonald, FMSSF Equestrian Co-chair (you have to love equestrians—they help out with everything). Volunteers Linda Fuller and Laureen Regan worked in fields and then stayed with us to help make signs for the fishing event. The Native Bird Support Group had a great first season, fledging 8 bluebirds, 75 tree swallows, and 7 house wrens!


Irina Kadis showing volunteers how to identify plants with seeds ready to harvest.

Photo by Alexey Zinovjev.

Plant Hunter/Gatherers in Myles Standish State Forest!

Sunday, September 19, plant expert Irina Kadis and the DCR Forester Paul Gregory helped volunteers identify certain plants in MSSF for seed collection. The seeds will be used to develop “source plants” that we hope will one day provide native plants to homeowners who'd like to support the pines barrens of southeastern MA (Plymouth, Carver, Wareham and Kingston). Thank you Irina and Paul, and all the volunteers for helping launch this project. The Native Plant Project is part of the Pine Barrens Community Initiative (PBCI).

If you'd like to join the Native Plant Propagation Team, please contact
NOTE: It is illegal to collect plant materials from MSSF.  FMSSF has special permission for the Native Plant project from DCR.






Some of the nineteen fishing derby prize winners lined up with hands outstretched to indicate the size of their winning fish. From left to right: Zac Murphey, 4th place; William Healy, 2nd place; Jacob Sanson, 1st place; Alexa Bierut and Caleb Bierut, 3rd place. In front is Abigale Lyttle, 5-years-old, who came in 9th place. First place winner, not shown, was Jacob Sanson, with 13 1/2" Rainbow Trout. Photo by Glenn d'Entremont.






Fish weigh-in station set up by Jim Nelson. Photo by Melissa Guimont.

talaTala Gilmour proudly shows off the fairy house she helped her brother Draco build. Photo by Melissa Guimont.

boysIrina Kadis shows Cub Scouts from Carver, Den 5, and their parents, where to plant native shrubs and groundcover at the MSSF Headquarters in recognition of National Public Lands Day. Photo by Alexey Zinovjev

Anchor4th Annual Take Me Fishin'! Fishing Derby & Nature Event—A Great Success

Nothing makes a fishing derby volunteer happier than watching a child catch their first fish. And when we see the glow of pride on the faces of children coming forward to collect fishing derby prizes, the pleasure doubles. At this year’s Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF) fishing derby we were able to present 19 derby prizes to children who caught fish ranging from a 13 ½” rainbow trout to a 2” minnow. Now that’s a lot of happiness!

For me, this year’s memorable moment happened when I overheard a boy of about 8-years-old call out repeatedly, “I can’t believe this is all free!” He “got” the message—Nature is wonderful and it’s free to enjoy!

But the fishing event isn’t really free. It takes many hours of hard work and many generous donors to put on a community event. In the case of a fishing derby/nature event, the work begins the day after the last event. The Friends of MSSF appreciate our partners at Mass Wildlife who are busy repairing the fishing poles they lend us and raising trout for next year’s derby. We also appreciate the MSSF staff, working now to provide the things we need such as picnic tables, BBQ's, safe roads and trails, and clean beaches.

We want to thank the following businesses and groups for their generous donations to the 4th Annual MSSF “free” Fishing Derby: Capt. John Deep Sea Fishing and Whale Watching; Plymouth Cruises Lobster Tales; Rod Builders Workshop and Fly Fishing Emporium; M & M Plimoth Bay Outfitters, Plymouth; Morrison’s Home and Garden; Eastern Mountain Sports, Shops at 5; Rock Bottom Seafood, Cedarville; Ross MacVicar, Chainsaw Artist; Denise Rachel, Lubdub Drums and Full Circle Youth Choir, The Mayflower Masonic Lodge, Middleboro; Super Stop & Shop; and Panera Bread.

We must also thank the 32 volunteers who lent their time and talent providing a wonderful day of fishing and nature activities for more than 150 children and their keepers, especially: Jim Nelson and Art Jennings, Fearing Pond Camp Association; Mass Fish and Wildlife Angler Education Volunteers Elizabeth Stromeyer, and Claude and Debora Holt; Southeast Mass Trout Unlimited members Peter Motyka and George Costello; Capt. John volunteer Ron Hunter; Friends MSSF Toad and Fairy Housing Specialist Melissa Guimont; and Nik Pierce, Master of Fish Printing.

Our special thanks also go to Irina Kadis, Alexey Zinovjev and the Cub Scouts from Carver Den 5, who, instead of fishing, spent the morning planting native plants at the MSSF Headquarters in recognition of National Public Lands Day. Thank you all!

Sharl Heller, President FMSSF

Mark Your Calendar—Next Take Me Fishin'! event is Saturday, November 25, 2011!

View Thom's Fishing Event Photos

More Fishing Event Photos

Forest fishing derby, The Carver Reporter

julieJulie Outericky receiving 1st Place in the 2nd Annual FMSSF Photo Contest in the Animals, Birds and Insects category for her picture Ladybird.  Photo by Glenn d"Entremont.

2010 Photo Contest Winners Recieve Awards

Talented winners of the 2nd Annual Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Photo Contest received their awards from the Regional Director Southeast Massachusetts Division of State Parks & Recreation Brian Shanahan at the Take Me Fishin'! Community Fishing and Nature Event on September 25.  Eleven winners were selected from 52 entries in a "blind" selection process. This year's judges were artists Eileen Lawton, a well-known photographer from Plymouth, and Gail Marie Nauen from Carver, a painter specilizing in cranberry bogs and local landscapes. 

Thank you all for participating. Every photo tells a special story about the forest and they are online for everyone to see!

View the winning photographs

View all 52 entries








Photo courtesy of Ken Groppi, Groppi Advertising Design. You can find more pictures and information about the Cranberry Harvest Celebraton on Facebook. If you havn't been you'll be sorry you missed it!


Fire Control, Foresters and Friends Make Debut at the Cranberry Harvest Celebration

Friends of Myles Standish State Forest teamed up with DCR Foresters, Fire Control officers, and Smokey the Bear at the Cranberry Harvest Celebration sponsored by the A.D. Makepeace Company and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association on Sept. 9-10. Having a booth at the hugely popular festival (~24,000 people came this year) gave Friends a chance to tell people about the Pine Barrens Community Initiative and the good work FMSSF is doing, and allowed our DCR partners to answer questions about forestry and tell everyone about the Firewise Community Program.

Our thanks to Evelyn Strawn, Pam Crowell, Peter McLaughlin, Dianne Cosman, Linda Fuller, and Sharl Heller for setting up manning the booth for the FMSSF. Special thanks to our neighbors at the Celebration, the Wareham Land Trust, for helping us set up our canopy and loaning us the stuff we didn't bring! We hope to do it all again next year!




For the latest updates on FMSSF events and activities such as the Halloween Night Hike, check in at the FMSSF Hiking and Birding Meetup Group. No Need to join to see what's happening.

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