Newsletter Plymouth, USA, Spring, 2016  Vol. 6, No. 1
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Thursday, March 31, 7pm FREE
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Carver Public Library
Andy Backman, DCR's Director of Regional Planning presents the natural history of the Forest from the eariest times to the present. See for more.
The Centennial Year
For one hundred years Massachusetts has been protecting Myles Standish State Forest. Come to a big Centennial Celebration on July 16 at Charge Pond. Check out the Lecture SeriesPhoto Exhibit, Bluebird Monitoring,  Pine Fest,  the Annual Dinner, Park Serve Day, as well as walks, hikes, astromony nights and other events. We are also opening up the Pine Barrens Trail along the eastern border of the Forest. See our website and the Calendar for more.
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Help us make this a memorable Forest Festival. Please Donate.

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Centennial Celebration
Honor the History, Share the Majesty and Forge the Legacy
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.
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

Centennial Lectures
March 31, 7pm
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Carver Public Library
Andy Backman present the history of the Forest from the eariest times to the present.

April 25
Kettle Ponds

Carver Public Library
UConn Geology Professor Robert Thorson will present information on the unique character of Kettle Ponds.

May 18
Fires and the Forest
Sportman's Club, Carver
DCR Chief Fire Warden Dave Cellino will be the speaker at this years annual dinner and will discuss how fire affects the forest.

June 23
Natural Science

Carver Public Library
John Galluzzo, the Director Education and Camping at  the South Shore Science Center will speak. 

August 24
Interpreting the Forest

Plymouth Public Library
Presened by Dan Byrnes, who is DCR's Visitor's Services Supervisor in Myles Standish State Forest.

September 21
From the Forest Archives

The speaker is Sean Fisher, DCR Archivist.

October 19
Can you Dig It?
Presented by Ellen Berkland, DCR Archeologist
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Centennial Calendar
Now and for several weeks
Photo Exhibit

Carver Public Library
Come see the winners the last three years of our photo contest.
Thursday, March 31, 7pm
What Did the Forest Look Like Before Myles Standish  meetup green_edited-1 5

Carver Public Library
Andy Backman present the history of the Forest from the eariest times to the present.
Friday, April 1, 9am
A Halfway Hike  meetup green_edited-1 8

Join John Bescherer and at least 14 others for a hike near Halfway Pond.
Saturday, April 9, 5:30 pm
Woodcock Walk with Glenn  meetup green_edited-1 9

194 Cranberry Road, South Carver, MA.
Come seek to see the flight of the "Timberdoodle". We will meet at Headquarters for a campfire before driving to Cutter Fields at sunset.
Thursday, Aprill 14, Rain date 4/15,
Watch for more sky nights this summer.
Star Gazing

What's up. Come with Jim Kundzicz to explore astromomy.

Sunday, April 17, 12 noon
Blue Bird Box Monitoring Training  meetup green_edited-1 10

Headquarters Interpretive Center
194 Cranberry Road, South carver, MA.
Join with Melissa Guimont to learn how to care for native bird boxes.


Saturday April 30,
10th Annual Park Serve Day and Cookout  meetup green_edited-1 11

Spring party!  Come support DCR's yearly clean-up and get together.
Sunday, May 1, and May, 15, June 8, 15, 29 and July 13 
Centennial Meeting

So much to do, so little time. This series of meetings is for the organizers of the July 16th Celebration.
Sunday, May 8
Botany Walk

Slow paced walk with plant expert, Irina Kadis. Watch for future Plant Walks.
Friday, May 13 12:15pm to Saturday May 14 12:15 am
MSSF Friends Fundraising Aid Station  meetup green_edited-1
192 Mile  
Road Relay Hull to Provincetown
College Pond
No running required, join the Fundraising Fun at our Water Station. We have a night owl special as our shift runs from noon to midnight. We need to maintain a minimum number of volunteers at all times in order to raise funds for the Friends. Please sign up on Meetup.

Wednesday, May 18
Annual Dinner

Sportsman's Club, 76 Upland Road, Plympton, MA
We'll have a hot time hearing Dave Celino, Chief Fire Warden of the DCR.

May 21, 10am - 4pm
Pine Fest

Charge Pond Campground
A Multicultural Celebration sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance.
Sunday, May 29
Plymouth Airport Bird Walk

Join with Glenn d'Entremont.
Late May or Early June
Redbelly Cooter Release
Watch as these carefully raised rare turtles are released to the wild. 
Saturday, June 4
Breeding Bird Survey
With Glenn d"Entremont, Limited to trained birders.
Wednesday, June 8
Whip-poor-will Walk with Glenn
Sunday, June 19
Massachusetts Walking Tour

Join with a group of musicians who hike and play,
Thursday, June 23 Lecture
Natural Science

John Galluzzo, the Director Education and Camping at  the South Shore Science Center will speak. 
Saturday, June 25
Run for Conservation
Wednesday, July 13
Last Centennial Meeting

Organization Meeting
Saturday, July 16, 10am
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Wednesday, August 24, Lecture
Interpreting the Forest

Presened by Dan Byrnes, who is DCR's Visitor's Services Supervisor in Myles Standish State Forest.
Thursday, September 1
Deadline Photo Contest  meetup green_edited-1 2

Click it and send it. The categories are Flora, Fauna, Recreation, Memorable Event and Cultural.
Saturday, September 10 7 am - noon
Run to the Rock
Wednesday September 21 Lecture
Sean Fisher, Archivist, DCR
Saturday, September 24
Fishing Derby
Saturday, October 15
Trail Ride with Thom Gifford  w/BSTRA
Wednesday, October 19  Lecture
Ellen Berkland, Archeologist, DCR
Sunday, November 13
Myles Standish Marathon
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Friends of Myles State State Forest
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Friends of Myles Standish State Forest
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About Us

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
Vacant - Vice President
John Bescherer - Treasurer, Hiking, Trails, Meetup, Website
Charlie Pye, Secretary, Newsletter, Biodiversity
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
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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Carver, Massachusetts 02330

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