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November 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network
Friends Network Award Recipients

2008 Friends Network Conference

October 25, 2008 Meeting, Union Station, Worcester, MA

Meeting Notes 

 

Friends Network Conference

2009 Friends Network Conference

Keynote Speaker:  Robert T. Leverett, Executive Diretor Eastern Native Tree Society, Executive Director Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, Contributing author to Wilderness Comes Home: Rewilding the Northeast (read online!) Title: The Hidden Forest Corners of Massachusetts

Friends Network 2009 Volunteer of the Year Claudia Hurley

Friends Network 2009 Volunteer of the Year Award

Claudia Hurley, Friends of Robinson State Park

2010 Friends Network Conference

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Friends Network Annual Conference 2010 Meeting was held within the Native Tree Society Forest Summit Series.

Presenters: Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Sharl Heller (left); Friends of Robinson State Park Claudia Hurley; Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation Mike Ryan (not shown).

2011 Friends Network Conference

Keynote Speaker:  Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Edward M. Lambert: Common Goals Strong Partnerships.

Friends Network 2011 DCR Friend of the Year Awards

Friends Network Award Winners 2011
From left: Conrad Crawford, DCR Director of Partnerships; DCR Commissioner Edward M. Lambert; Friends of Scusset Beach Reservation (FSBR) Paul Loiselle, Linda Loiselle, FSBR Linda Porazzo; Friends Network Facilitators Sharl Heller and Ellen Arnold. Photo by Mike Toomey.

2012 Friends Network Conference

Meeting Notes

Keynote Speaker: Priscilla Geigis, DCR Assistant Commissioner and Director of the Division of State Parks and Recreation, and President of the National Association of State Park Directors. Topic: State Parks - A Natural Fit!

Friends Network 2012 DCR Friend of the Year Awards

Ron Clough, Supervisor of the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, atop Dolmen Rock at the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest. Ron Clough Nomination

Alexandra “Ale” Echandi, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Natural Resources Specialist Alexandra Echandi Nomination

Captain Jennifer Stowe, Bureau of Ranger Services, DCR (and the DCR Rescue Dog Emmitt Francis) Captain Jennifer Stowe Nomination

 

Friends Network Conference

DCR Commissioner Edward Lambert and National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) President and DCR Assistant Commissioner and Director of Parks Priscilla Geigis present the National Association of State Park Directors Award to Friends of Upton State Forest Ellen Arnold.

Friends Network 2012 Volunteer of the Year Awards

John Sheehan Nomination Form  —   Friends of the Blue Hills Reservation

Ellen Mass Nomination FormFriends of Alewife Reservation

Tufts FOCUS Students  — FOCUSFriends of Alewife Reservation

2013 Friends Network Conference

Keynote Speaker: DCR Commissioner Jack Murray, Strengthening cooperation between DCR and Friends groups. (View PDF of the Commissioner's PowerPoint presentation)

Friends Network Conference 2013

Friends Network 2013 DCR Friend of the Year Awards

The Members of the DCR Office of Cultural Resource

Bureau of Ranger Services Ray McKinnon

Bureau of Ranger Services Lt. Tom Bender

Friends Network 2013 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Virginia Scharfenberg, Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation

Caleb Blankenship, Friends of the Blue Hills Reservation

William Finn, Mt. Tom State Reservation Advocacy Group  

Melissa Guimont, Friends of Myles Standish State Forest

Mike Penko, Friends of Upton State Forest

Elise and Rick Smith, Scusset Beach State Reservation

2014 Friends Network Conference

Meeting Notes

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Putnam
Director of Ecology & ACEC Programs
Department of Conservation & Recreation. Topic: DCR Ecology Projects and Priorities.

 

Photo at right: Frank Evans, Ellen Arnold, and Bill Taylor.

Friends Network 2014 Award Recipient

Friends Network 2014 DCR Friend of the Year Awards

Karl Pastore, South Region Director, Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation

Cary VandenAkker, DCR Supervisor, Douglas State Forest

Special Award for saving the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at Upton State Forest

Don Watt, Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park

Val Stegemoen, DCR Field Operations Team Leader

Cary VandenAkker, Douglas State Forest

Friends Network 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award

Mike Ryan, Executive Director, Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, Co-founder of the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network

Frank Evans, Co-founder, Friends of Upton State Forest; Civilian Conservation Corps Alumnus.

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