Newsletter January, 2016  Vol. 6, No. 1
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Centennial Celebration
Honor the History, Share the Majesty and Forge the Legacy
From the President's desk:                Pres. Bill Vickstrom
The Friends of Myles Standish State Forest are hosting a yearlong series of events to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the State's purchase of 5,600 acres to form Myles Standish State Forest. The Forest is the largest public property in Southeastern Mass, and hosts the second largest Pine Barrens habitat in the country. It is home to numerous rare and endangered species and many kettle ponds.  Our group plans to engage the public to become more familiar with this forest preserve. We plan to offer numerous recreational outings, a lecture series and a daylong family friendly event on July 16, 2016.  Our mission is to Honor the History, Share the Majesty, and Forge the Legacy of this special place that we are so fortunate to have preserved.  We are always looking for Donations of time and money.
A series of Art related activities are planned for our July 16th main event.  The theme of that date will be “Art in the Forest: a Joyous Celebration of Creativity".  This component of the celebration will focus on visual and decorative arts. The activities are for all ages. We also want to remember and expose the historical past and celebrate the interesting history this area has experienced. Presenting exhibits and historical artifacts will be part of this celebration day. Musical entertainment will be offered as part of this daylong event.
One of the best ways to see what;s going on in the Forest is to join Meetup and track us there or visit our website at
To learn more about our group or our events, please do not hesitate to contact me, Bill Vickstrom at (774) 454-7386 or Rose Mellino Chairperson, 2016 Centennial Committee (617) 823-4965

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The Life in The Forest
Biodiversity of Myles Standish State Forest

Honor the History, Share the Majesty and Forge the Legacy
Life has evolved to exist everywhere. From the bottom of the deepest pond to bacteria in the clouds above. Few places on Earth are sterile. Life teems in Myles Standish State Forest, including us. Homo sapiens hike and bike, run and ride, swim and row. We all think differently, too. While one person sees the forest for the trees, another person may see, laws, boundaries and bureaucracy. The Biodiversity Project attempts to sort out knarly definitions, (What is a Forest? What is Life?) and develops a setting assessment called the Lifeline (Honor the History), to create a Forest Life List (Share the Magesty) and to show how changes happening now inform Glimpses of the Future Forest (Forge the Legacy).
Join us on events (i.e. botany walks, bird walks, frost pocket hikes etc.) throughout the year.
If you would like to help contact Charlie Pye at
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Saturday, January 16, 11:45 am
2016 Centennial Hike- Bentley Loop meetup green_edited-1 7

Parking Lot #2, Upper College Pond Road, Plymouth
This is the official date of the founding of Myles Standish State Forest. Join the Friends and Senior DCR staff on this 3.7 mile hike with rolling hills. With lunch to follow (see next).
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Saturday, January 16, 2pm
Friends Post Holiday Lunch meetup green_edited-1 6

New World Tavern
56 Main Street, Plymouth
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Our private buffet awaits. $20
Sunday, January, 17 10am
Turtle Hibernation -DCR meetup green_edited-1 5

Age 7 up.
Sunday, January, 17, 1pm
A Stroll of Fire and Ice -DCR meetup green_edited-1 4

Upper College Pond & Three Cornered Pond
Glaciation and Fire Dependancy
Saturday, January, 23, 10am
Winter Animal Detectives -DCR meetup green_edited-1

Learn about animal signs.
Saturday, January 23, 1pm
Walk East Head Trail -DCR meetup green_edited-1 8

With Souteast Mass Adult Waking Club.
2.5 easy miles. Adults.
Sunday, January 24, 1pm
CCC Walk -DCR meetup green_edited-1 2

Fearing Pond Road, Plymouth
1.5 miles. Local history of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Saturday, January 30, 10am
East Head Trail Hike -DCR meetup green_edited-1 3

2.5 easy miles. Focus - Kettle Ponds
Sunday, January 31, 10am
Beginner's Snowshoeing meetup green_edited-1 2

With Amy Nelson of DCR. Less than 4 inches cancels.
Sunday, January 31, 1pm
Native American Life Pre 1620 meetup green_edited-1

Join Amy Nelsom (DCR) to explore The ways of the Wampanoags.
Saturday, July 16, 10am
Centennial Celebration

Charge Pond Parking Lot #5
In honor of our 100th anniversary, Myles Standish State Forest will host a highlight centennial celebration. Save the date. 7/16/16  Click here for more.
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We have not inherited the earth from our fathers,
We are borrowing it from our children.
- Native American Saying
Friends of Myles State State Forest
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Mission Statement
Friends of Myles Standish State Forest (FMSSF) is organized to promote and conserve the natural, scenic and historical resources of Myles Standish State Forest and its Satellite Areas; to foster the use and enjoyment of Myles Standish State Forest by the public in a manner consonant with the protection and preservation of the environment; to engage in such educational, scientific and charitable activities as will assist the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the operation of Myles Standish State Forest; and to assist and work in cooperation with the Forest Supervisor in general support and enrichment of Myles Standish State Forest. Friends of Myles Standish has a Board of Directors representing the various Forest user groups. Members and the public are welcome to attend the board meetings. Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month at the headquarters conference building (100 yards away), 194 Cranberry Road, Carver, at 7 p.m.
Current Officers and other Board Members
Bill Vickstrom - President, Hiking, Trails, Marketing, 2016 Comm
John Bescherer - Treasurer, Hiking, Trails, Meetup, Website
Rose Mellino - Fishing Derby Coord, Trails, 2016 Comm
John Welsh - Cottage Program
Richard Wall Jr.- Sportsmen 
Al Wood - Print and Publicity
Jim Nelson - Fishing Derby
Donna McBrien - Membership
Charlie Pye - Newsletter, Biodiversity, Membership
Thom Gifford - Equestrian
Support the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest in our quest to:
Preserve, Promote and Protect the Forest.
The Friends, founded in 2007, have hosted over 800 events.
Help us host 800 more.

Send check to:
The Friends of Myles Standish State Forest
P.O. Box 302
South Carver, MA. 02330

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P.O. Box 302
Carver, Massachusetts 02330

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