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November 1, 2014                              Hot Topics

ACTION ALERT!

1. Please Vote Yes on Question 2—The Bottle Bill—to help reduce litter from plastic bottles in our forests, parks, beaches, trails and every where else!

2. Please email or phone your legislators and them to speak with both the Chair of the House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading (Representative Speliotis) and to Speaker Deleo in support of H4325 [Calendar Number 671], An Act Relative to the Protection of Old Growth Forests.

View the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network Special Alert for more information on the above items.

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Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
DRAFT Aquatic Nuisance Control Regulation, 302 CMR 18

Public comments accepted until Monday, November 3, 2014

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold public hearings regarding the adoption of a new regulation at 302 CMR 18.00 (Aquatic Nuisance Control Program). This regulation will establish an aquatic nuisance control program which aims to suppress, eradicate, control and otherwise mitigate or reduce the risk of the spread of aquatic nuisances throughout the Commonwealth.

Date: September 29, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – Noon
DCR West Boylston Office
180 Beaman Streetn
West Boylston, MA

Date: September 30, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – Noon
DCR West Region Office
740 South Street Pittsfield, MA

Date: October 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - Noon
Waquoit Bay Reserve Headquarters at the Boathouse
131 Waquoit Highway, (Rte. 28)
Waquoit (E. Falmouth), MA

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – Noon
Charles River Watershed Association
190 Park Road (at Leo J. Martin Golf Course)
Weston, MA

Verbal and written testimony may be presented at the public hearings; however, parties are requested to provide written copies of their testimony. Written comments will be accepted beginning September 19, 2014 until 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on Monday, November 3, 2014.

Please submit written comments to Laura Dietz via mail to Department of Conservation and
Recreation, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114, or electronically to regs.comments@state.ma.us.

You may request a copy of the proposed new regulation from Barbara Black by calling 617-
626-1401, or by submitting an electronic request to barbara.black@state.ma.us. Also, the
proposed new regulation will be available on DCR's website.

Written comments will be accepted beginning September 19, 2014 until 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on Monday, November 3, 2014.
Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) means non-native species or non-native Aquatic. Nuisances that interfere with or threaten the diversity or abundance of native species, the ecological stability of infested waters, and/or any commercial, agricultural, aquacultural, or recreational activities dependent on such waters. ANS include non-native Aquatic Nuisances and non-native species that may occur within Inland Waters and that presently or potentially threaten ecological processes or natural resources.

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Fracking. Understand the Issue. Take a Stand.

Friends Network Newsletter August 6, 2014

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Help Monitor DCR Forest Management Projects in the forest near you!
Friends are needed to help monitor the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Forest Management Project Proposals and Silviculture Prescriptions

In response to concerns about aggressive commercial timber harvesting in state forests and parklands from Friends groups and other conservation-minded organizations the DCR convened the Forest Futures Visioning Process (FFVP) to develop a new vision for the management of forested public lands in the Commonwealth. The FFVP concluded in 2012 with a promise that the DCR would shift forest stewardship to focus more on conservation and greater public engagement and transparency. The Friends Network promised to monitor DCR forestry to ensure that those of us who care about our state forests are aware of commercial timber sales on state lands that all logging operations are managed responsibly. If you can help monitor a forestry project in your area please contact friend@networkingfriends.net.

DCR Link: Proposed Forest Management Projects

Central Berkshire District 02

October Mountain State Forest Sherlock Lot Prescription
October Mountain State Forest School House Lot Proposal
October Mountain State Forest School House Lot Prescription

Southern Berkshires District 03

Sandisfield State Forest Egg Shell Lot Prescription
Sandisfield State Forest York Lake Proposal
Sandisfield State Forest York Lake Prescription

Western CT Valley District 04

Leyden State Forest Breezy Knoll
Dubuque State Forest Kings Corner
Dubuque State Forest Kings Corner Prescription

Eastern CT Valley District 05

Warwick State Forest Camp Proposal
Warwick State Forest Camp Prescription

Mid State District 06

Federated Women's Club State Forest Campground Prescription
Templeton State Forest Hadley Aiken Lot Proposal
Templeton State Forest  Hadley Aiken Lot Prescription

Northeast District 07

Marlborough-Sudbury State Forest Goodale Lot Pine Sale Prescription

Southeast District 08

Freetown-Fall River State Forest Freetown Co-Peace Prescription
Myles Standish State Forest Pine Barrens Restoration
Myles Standish State Forest Pine Barrens Prescription
Myles Standish State Forest Pine Barrens Restoration Timber Harvest – Overview and Updates

SPECIAL CONCERN - Watershed Forest Management in Massachusetts

Dr. Eric Chivian, Nobel Laureate, Founder of Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment, Director of The Program for Preserving the Natural World is concerned about how DCR is managing our precious watersheds.

Read Dr. Chivian's Comments to the "Response to Forest Heritage Planning Process and the STAC Final Report" of February 5, 2013

If you are as concerned as Dr. Chivian and the Friends Network Facilitators please connect with us at friend@networkingfriends.net

Dr. Eric Chivian, Nobel Laureate, Founder of Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment, Director of The Program for Preserving the Natural World, and heirloom apple farmer.

Read Dr. Chivian's Comments to the "Response to Forest Heritage Planning Process and the STAC Final Report" of February 5, 2013

The DCR Stewardship Council

Next Meeting: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/inside-our-agency/stewardship-council/

The Friends Network supports a strong, independent board of citizen overseerers of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The DCR Stewardship Council is mandated by law to develop a yearly oversight strategy and submit the strategy for public review. Below are the DCR Draft Oversight Strategy and comments submitted by two of the Friends Network facilitators.

DCR Stewardship Council Oversight Strategy 2013-2014

Friends Response to the DCR Stewardship Council Draft Oversight Strategy 2013

DCR Annual Report FY 2012

DCR Stewardship Council information

DCR Stewardship Council Home Page

Upcoming Stewardship Council Meetings and Materials

Laws governing the Stewardship Council

Article by John Broderick describing the value of the Stewardship Council to Massachusetts forests and parks

Friends working to curb Illegal Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use in Massachusetts

Visit the Friends Network OHV Report Page

The Friends Network is proud of our committement to fairness and access to recreational opportunites, but we are greatly concerned about the damage being done every day to our precious natural areas by unbridled and illegal OHV use. Since the formation of th OHVAC, good progress has been made in education, and enforcement of laws governeing the use and we expect that soon we will see progress towards safe, sustainable and legal OHV trails. You will find information and links at the Friends Network OHV Report Page.

Friends groups represent every recreational activity that is allowed in state forests and parks, which is why we support the off-road vehicle (OHV) community in their quest for legal places to ride. As stakeholders, Friends groups have been given a seat on the OHV Advisory Committee (OHVAC) Meetings under Massachusetts Law Chapter 202, AN ACT REGULATING THE USE OF OFF-HIGHWAY AND RECREATION VEHICLES.

You can keep up with the work of the Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee here.

While the Friends Network endorses the new legislation strengthening the laws that govern OHV use, and is pleased with the work of the OHVAC, we know that there is still much to be done to protect private property, open space and conservation land. On March 4, 2011 the Friends Network presented The Off-Higway Vehicle Regulations Enforcement and Mangement Plan Recommendations to the DCR Stewardship Council and the Executive Office of Energy and Environment (EOEEA). We need to keep working until we have a comprehensive plan that is fair to legal riders but deals with illegal riding.

The Friends Network compiled recommendations and information on off-highway vehicle (OHV) use in Massachusetts to aid the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Conservation and Recreation in the development of a comprehensive OHV Regulations Enforcement and Management Plan. It is up to us to see that State agencies carry through their mandate to protect our public lands.

If you want to help this effort, please contact friend@networkingfriends.net