Every forest and park 
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October 31, 2016

The Massachusetts Forest and Park
Friends Network

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network is a grassroots organization of volunteer Friends networking for greater advocacy, brokers that offer binary options better protection and enhancement of Massachusetts’ forests, parks, beaches and trails. The Friends Network facilitates communication between Friends groups, all volunteers to state parklands and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Parklands thrive under the special care that Friends groups provide.

√ Join or start a friends group. Help Massachusetts achieve a Friends group for every state forest and park. If we can help, let us know.

Contact a Friends Network Facilitator

Connect with the Friends Network on Facebook

Links to Friends Groups via the DCR Website


Thank you to our guests and all who participated in the 9th Annual Friends Network Gathering, Saturday, October 29, Upton, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy

Nicholas Connors, Director of External Relations & Partnerships DCR

Jennifer Norwood, Director of the Office of Public-Private Partnerships, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Scott Morrill, DCR Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program Coordinator

The Friends Network 2016 DCR Friends of the Year Awards (click to view the nominations)

Dave Furey, aka "Ranger Dave," Central Valley District Ranger

Jim Beauchesne, Visitors Services Supervisor, Lawrence Heritage State Park

The Friends Network 2016 Volunteers of the Year Awards (click here to view the nominations)

Erik Thorkildsen, Friends of Alewife Reservation

Christine Scott, Friends of Upton State Forest        

Jake Osborne, Friends of Alewife Reservation 

Frank Mand, Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance   

View All Past Friends Network Award Recipients