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November 29, 2014

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network Newsletters and Past Events

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network is a grassroots organization of volunteer Friends groups working together for greater advocacy and better protection and enhancement of Massachusetts’ forests, parks, and trails.

Review our e-newsletters and events and let us know if we can help you start a friends group or connect with other friends groups by contacting a Friends Network Facilitator.

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network 7th Annual Conference Focus on Conservation

Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Upton VFW Hall
15 Milford Street
Upton, MA  01568

Join your Friends at the 7th Annual Friends Network Conference where we will focus on the conservation of Massachusetts' forests and parks!

Find out more about the Conference here!

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Recent Newsletters

November 20, 2014 Friends Network 7th Annual Conference - Focus on Conservation

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Friends Groups Past Events

Friends Network 2013 Conference

Friends Network Annual Conference 2012

Conference Press Release

Conference Notes

Park Serve Day 2012 List of Participants

Park Serve Day 2012 Press Release: Thousands of volunteers lent a hand for this year's Park Serve Day

Friends Network Annual Conference 2011

Conference Notes

Photos of the Friends Network Conference 2011

Friends Network Annual Conference 2010

Meeting held within the Native Tree Society Forest Summit Series

Friends Network Annual Conference 2009

Conference Notes

Friends Network Annual Conference 2008

Conference Notes

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Forests, parks need friends —Forum in Worcester aims to help address DCR cuts Link to article online. By Bradford L. Miner Telegram & Gazette, Worcester.

October 14, 2012, Press Release: "Friends" Conference to Promote Networking For Massachusetts' Forests, Parklands, Trails and Beaches

November 2012, Notes from the Friends Network Annual Conference 2012

Partners in Parks 2007—where the Friends Network began

Workshop Notes

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Past Friends Network Newsletters

Februay 12, 2014 It's nice to be appreciated. But it's even better to be fully funded! In a recent letter, Commissioner Jack Murray, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), expressed his appreciation for our inviting him to the sixth annual Friends Network conference.

December 11, 2013- Thank you to everyone who attended the Friends Network's Sixth Annual Conference. We had our largest turnout ever with 55 attendees, comprising: 46 Friends groups' volunteers; 8 DCR Friends; and one very special Civilian Conservation Corps Alumnus. Twenty-three different Friends groups were represented at this year's conference.

December 1, 2013 -  Who is coming to the Friends Network 2013 Annual Conference?Groups and individuals who regularly volunteer to enhance our forests, parks, beaches and trails will spend the day sharing their success and working on their challenges. If you care about state parks, you are welcome to join your friends at the Focus on Friends conference on December 7.

November 29, 2013 - Friends Network 2013 Conference in the Milford Daily News: Forest 'Friends' to meet in Upton on Dec. 7

November 17, 2013 - We are pleased to announce this year's guest speakers for the Friends Network 2013 Annual Conference: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Jack Murray, Strengthening cooperation between DCR and Friends groups; DCR Bureau of Planning and Resource Protection Bureau Chief Joseph R. Orfant, Resource Management Planning (RMP) – How Friends groups can help develop an RMP and Friends groups' roles in protecting natural and cultural resources, DCR Bureau of Ranger Services Acting Chief Ranger Chris Williams, DCR Rangers' Duties and Jurisdiction, and YOU!

October 28, 2013 - Join your Friends at the 6th Annual Friends Network Conference where we will Focus on Friends! Come share your successes and challenges as a volunteer for Massachusetts' forests, parks, beaches and trails with other volunteers like you.

September 29, 2013, This year's Friends Network conference will Focus on Friends. Friends groups will spend a day sharing their successes and discussing their most pressing challenges. Friends who have successfully met challenges will tell the rest of us how they did it. You'll find the support you need or you may be able to help others accomplish good works that benefit all of our parks. Friends throughout the Commonwealth will work together to identify initiatives leading to world-class forests and parks in Massachusetts.

August 30, 2013, We value your contribution to our parks and your participation in the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network. The Friends Network is an all volunteer group of citizens who believe our state parklands and trails benefit from strong public involvement. Together we can make a positive difference for all state parks. Feel free to contact us about parks in Massachusetts at friend@networkingfriends.net.

July 7, 2013, Come honor the men who laid the cornerstone for the Massachusetts State Parks system, and enjoy a day of fun. A recognition ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by a celebration at noon, with anniversary cake and displays in the CCC Headquarters building.

June 28, 2013, On June 27, 2013 the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) replaced the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) website. As a result, the previous links to many of the DCR webpages and documents no longer work. If you are a Friends group with online links to DCR websites and documents, you will need to re-link to those sites and information sources.

June 26, 2013, With the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) draft Volunteers in Parks Program Guide, released for the second time, we dedicate this newsletter to Emily Norton. Emily founded the Friends of Willard Brook in 2004, served multiple terms as president and remains active in the group today. Realizing early on how Friends groups are hobbled by the high costs of liability insurance, Emily spearheaded legislation intended to benefit all Friends groups.

March 15, 2013, DCR is taking comments on its Response to the Forest Heritage Planning Process and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee Final Report that will allow commercial logging in the Quabbin Forest to resume.

January 7, 2013, DCR Draft Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations comments, Help Distribute the Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Handbook, Vernal Pool and Rare Species Reporting System Application, The Friends Network Is Now On Facebook!

November 30, 2012, News and Updates From the Friends Network - Friends Network 2012 Conference Wrap-up; Three Public Meetings Set to Discuss DCR Timber Sales; Attention Friends Groups—The Friends Network is Now On Facebook!

October 14, 2012, Press Release: “Friends” Conference to Promote Networking For Massachusetts’ Forests, Parklands, Trails and Beaches.

August 22, 2012, Friends Groups Soar Through Summer.

April 16, 2012, News from the Friends Network.

October 10, 2011, Vote for Friends Network Volunteer of the Year and the Friends Network DCR "Friend" of the Year.

September 6, 2011, - Special Edition- Register for the Friends Network Conference, October 24, 2011.