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Dear Friends,

Now is the time to speak up for the forest!

The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is in the process of developing a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF). The plan will guide everything from resource protection to recreational priorities to timber harvesting.

Your input is important.

DCR conducted a very successful public meeting when officials introduced the RMP process on October 28, 2010. DCR will hold another public meeting in March 2011 to present the draft RMP. In addition, the Friends of MSSF is hosting a series of workshops on specific aspects of the RMP, which we hope will promote greater citizen participation and enable DCR create a full resource inventory. Please come to the workshops—join in the discussions, submit information, offer recommendations for better management and help DCR create a vision for the forest's future.

Plan to attend the workshops in your areas of interest. If you cannot attend, you are welcome to send your comments 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:

More about DCR Resource Management Planning

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Letter regarding the MSSF Resource Management Plan planning process from Priscilla Geigis, Assistant Commissioner/Director of State Parks and Recreation, November 4, 2010

Below is the agenda for the first workshop followed by the schedules for the remaining workshops:

Resource Management Planning Workshop
Pinelands, Plantations and Wildlife

Wednesday, November 10th
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
MSSF Headquarters Conference Building
(across the street from the headquarters)
194 Cranberry Road, South Carver, MA 02366
(508) 866-2580


7:00    Welcome/Self-Introductions

7:10    Introduction to the RMP process - Jim Baecker, DCR Office of Regional Planning

7:20    Pre-Colonial Climax Forest and DCR Forest Reserve Designation - Andy Backman, DCR Director of Regional Planning

7:30    MSSF Vegetation Mapping and Forest Health - Paul Gregory, DCR Management Forester

Discussion Leaders

7:40    Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak Forest Habitat Management Recommendations – Bob Bale, The Nature Conservancy

7:50    Important Bird Area Program - Wayne Petersen, Mass Audubon Society

8:00   Managing the Forest for Native Birds, Kathleen Anderson, Founding Director, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

8:10    Pine Barrens Bird Survey – Glenn d’Entremont, Friends of MSSF

8:20    FMSSF Native Bird Support Group - Melissa Guimont

8:30    Native Wildlife Management - John Crane, Biologist

8:40    Rare Plant and Frost Pocket Protection, Invasive Plant Control - Irina Kadis, Arnold Arboretum

Open Discussion

                Myles Standish State Forest Resource Management Plan Workshops

Pinelands, Plantations and Wildlife Management - Wed., Nov. 10, 7-9 p.m.

Vernal Pools & Ponds Management - Wed., Nov. 17, 7-9 p.m.

Historical & Cultural Resources and Interpretive Services - Thurs., Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m

Recreational Resources - Thurs., Jan. 6, 7-9 p.m.

Infrastructure and Operations -  Wed., Jan. 12, 7-9 p.m.

The workshops will be held at the MSSF Conference Building, across the street from the MSSF Headquarters, 194 Cranberry Road, S. Carver. Headquarters phone: 508-866-2526.

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