Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network

Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network The Friends Network is an organization of volunteers for Massachusetts' forests and parks. We invite all Friends of Mass Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) properties to post their events and information relevant to users of DCR properties' here.

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network (MFPFN) began in June 2007 at the Partners in Parks Conference, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and numerous environmental groups and agencies as a way to involve a broader reach of people in the care of our public forests and parks.

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network (MFPFN) began in June 2007 at the Partners in Parks Conference, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and numerous environmental groups and agencies as a way to involve a broader reach of people in the care of our public forests and parks.

Operating as usual

Many of Friends Groups with aquatic assets have had times when we wished some folks had a clue of how to safely operate ...
08/23/2021

Many of Friends Groups with aquatic assets have had times when we wished some folks had a clue of how to safely operate around others on the water. This is an effort to establish basic rules for various aquatic craft and keep all parties safe. Have a look and let folks know what you think. The basics for paddle craft are also covered Google them with a search for "EDU-2, Skill-Based Human-Propelled Standard" ttp://scientificboating.org/wp-content/uploads/ABYC-Paddle-Craft-National-Standards.pdf

A fifth Public Review comment period is open through September 12, 2021, for the following two draft standards: NASBLA 100: Basic Boating Knowledge - Core AND NASBLA 101: Basic Boating Knowledge - Plus Human-Propelled. All documents are available for download on EZ-ESP at https://buff.ly/2DAsP3z.

These revised draft documents contain all changes "accepted" or "accepted in principle" by the National Boating Education Standards Panel due to comments received during the previous review period, which ended June 21, 2021. Find out more: https://buff.ly/2DAsP3z

Safe journey and return to our DCR, Mass Wildlife, and municipal firefighters being deployed out west.
08/16/2021

Safe journey and return to our DCR, Mass Wildlife, and municipal firefighters being deployed out west.

Just what do the facts show?  Let's summarize --- "Communication breakdown."
08/13/2021
Review of Records Sheds Light on State Forest Trail Cutting

Just what do the facts show?
Let's summarize --- "Communication breakdown."

A comprehensive review of correspondence between the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and staff and board members of the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation shows all were closely involved with an aggressive trail cutting project in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest.

Many people have enjoyed Douglas but never knew the leader that was making it happen behind the scenes. And, how he help...
08/12/2021

Many people have enjoyed Douglas but never knew the leader that was making it happen behind the scenes. And, how he helped foster stewardship principles with countless crews that worked with him and later earned Supervisory positions. In the early years of DEM (DCR's predecessor), it was a well known fact that if you were assigned to Douglas you'd work hard but learn to be a great steward of any forest. The leader behind all that was Bill Annese. Many will recognize the pristine park view from walking into the beach area or perhaps the sign as you cross the Douglas/Webster line. Next time note the trail left of the sign. Its named for Bill.
It's a pleasure to know this man and his family.
William D. Annese, former Senior Forest & Park Supervisor at Douglas State Forest, passed away on August 10, 2021 at Rose Monihan Hospice House in Worcester Ma. He was age 75. William "Bill" Annese was born August 30, 1945 in Webster, Massachusetts.

Bill leaves his beloved wife Sylvia of 55 year's. He also leaves three children, David Annese and his wife Nicol, Lynn Konieczny and her husband David and James Annese and his wife Deirdre; four grandchildren, Kayli and Julia Annese, and Jared and Kyle Brinkley. Bill also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and in laws.

Bill was employed by the Massachusetts Department of conservation for 38 years and was a public servant who was committed to protecting and preserving our natural, cultural and historic resources and providing recreational opportunities that were accessible and affordable to everyone.

After graduating from Bartlett High School in 1963. Bill attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts where he majored in Arboriculture and Park Management and received an Associate Degree in Park Management/ Administration when he graduated in 1965. While attending Stockbridge, Bill started his career with the Massachusetts Department of Natural resources (DNR or DCR) as a seasonal Conservation helper working at Douglas State Forest in 1964. After graduating from college, Bill was appointed to Seasonal Forest & Park Supervisor position at Buffumville Recreation Area (State Park) in Charlton where he worked for next five seasons. Bill was recognized by management, his peers and the public, as a talented administrator and facilitator who "gets things done". Throughout his career Bill's leadership, talents and energy have been directly responsible for nearly all of the major physical additions or improvements made to Douglas State Forest.

Bill was an outspoken advocate for protecting our natural, cultural and historic resources through acquiring more land to add to the Douglas State Forest. Under his leadership and guidance, the Department of Conservation and Recreation has acquired 75,000 feet of shoreline on Wallum Lake and Whitins Reservoir and approximately 657 acres of forest land since 1984.

Bills awards and citations include the Alan Henry Memorial Award given to a member of the Division of Forests and Parks who has demonstrated outstanding abilities in Recreation Supervision, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Pride in performance Award given for outstanding achievement in Forest and Park Management.

In his younger years Bill enjoyed camping with his family, hunting, and ice fishing, maintaining his vegetable garden and enjoyed working outside whenever possible. Bill's most noted quality was time spent with family and friends and that Family always came first above anything else. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/telegram/name/william-annese-obituary?n=william-annese&pid=199738620&fhid=25318

08/10/2021

A start-studded event happening soon! Hope to see you there!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SMOKEY BEAR Smokey Bear was born on August 9, 1944 when artist Albert Staehle created the symbol to promo...
08/09/2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SMOKEY BEAR
Smokey Bear was born on August 9, 1944 when artist Albert Staehle created the symbol to promote forest fire prevention.
He's been busy ever since he was born.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SMOKEY BEAR
Smokey Bear was born on August 9, 1944 when artist Albert Staehle created the symbol to promote forest fire prevention.
He's been busy ever since he was born.

Department of Conservation a­nd RecreationCommonwealth of Massachusetts DCR Forest Management Projects in Chester-Blandf...
08/08/2021

Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation
Commonwealth of Massachusetts DCR Forest Management Projects in Chester-Blandford, Mount Washington, Northfield, Otter River, Lawton, and Myles Standish State Forests
The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Bureau of Forestry will be hosting two virtual public meetings to discuss the six forest management projects noted below. Each virtual public meeting will discuss three of the six forest management projects.
During the virtual meetings, slides describing each proposed forest management project will be presented by DCR foresters. Questions on specific projects may be posed through the written Q&A function during the respective presentations.
• Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 4 pm – 5:30pm – Participants may join the meeting using this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html....
The project within Chester-Blandford State Forest proposes to use uneven age and even age management in both mixed hardwood stands and Norway spruce plantations to regenerate native species.
The proposed project within Mt. Washington State Forest proposes to use a combination of uneven- and even-age management systems to salvage and reduce ash density, and even-aged management in larch plantations to regenerate native species.
The project in Northfield State Forest proposes to use uneven-age management techniques to create better growing conditions for residual trees using a variable density thinning. Additionally, a collaborative research project with UMass Amherst is proposed here to study interactions between vegetative diversity, forest management, and forest carbon dynamics.
• Thursday August 19th, 2021 – 4 pm –5:30pm – Participants may join the meeting using this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html....
The project in Otter River State Forest proposes to use the shelterwood method to release stand understory and removing severely declining pine plantations. These declining stands pose a hazard to recreational users at Otter River. Other portions of the project area will incorporate uneven-aged management by group thinning.
The project in Lawton State Forest will incorporate even-aged silviculture to remove declining softwood plantations while releasing the established understory. The southerly section will incorporate uneven-aged management to remove declining softwoods and promote native regeneration. A collaborative research project with UMass Amherst is proposed here to study interactions between vegetative diversity, forest management, and forest carbon dynamics.
The proposed project at the Myles Standish State Forest proposes to use an even-age management system to reduce fuel loads and the risk of fire damage. The project area will improve public safety by creating safety zones for recreational users at the park.
The proposals may also be viewed at this website address:
https://www.mass.gov/guides/forest-management-projects.... Public comment period currently scheduled to end on August 14th, 2021 will be extended until August 31st, 2021 to ensure all participants are allowed the time for comment after listening to the presentations.
After the meeting, the presentations will be available for viewing at https://www.mass.gov/dcr/past-public-meetings. DCR encourages the public to share additional feedback on our website. Comments may be submitted online at [email protected].
Please note that the content of comments you submit to DCR, along with your name, town, and zip code, will be posted on DCR's website if provided. Additional contact information when commenting, notably email address, will only be used for outreach on future updates on the subject project or property.
If you have agency-related questions or concerns or would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR general or project-specific announcements, please email [email protected] or call 617-626-4973.
Join us on Twitter @ MassDCR
Jessica Rowcroft
Preservation Planner
Office of Cultural Resources
MA Department of Conservation & Recreation
[email protected]
NOTE: new mobile phone #: 617-455-1197

Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation
Commonwealth of Massachusetts DCR Forest Management Projects in Chester-Blandford, Mount Washington, Northfield, Otter River, Lawton, and Myles Standish State Forests
The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Bureau of Forestry will be hosting two virtual public meetings to discuss the six forest management projects noted below. Each virtual public meeting will discuss three of the six forest management projects.
During the virtual meetings, slides describing each proposed forest management project will be presented by DCR foresters. Questions on specific projects may be posed through the written Q&A function during the respective presentations.
• Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 4 pm – 5:30pm – Participants may join the meeting using this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html....
The project within Chester-Blandford State Forest proposes to use uneven age and even age management in both mixed hardwood stands and Norway spruce plantations to regenerate native species.
The proposed project within Mt. Washington State Forest proposes to use a combination of uneven- and even-age management systems to salvage and reduce ash density, and even-aged management in larch plantations to regenerate native species.
The project in Northfield State Forest proposes to use uneven-age management techniques to create better growing conditions for residual trees using a variable density thinning. Additionally, a collaborative research project with UMass Amherst is proposed here to study interactions between vegetative diversity, forest management, and forest carbon dynamics.
• Thursday August 19th, 2021 – 4 pm –5:30pm – Participants may join the meeting using this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html....
The project in Otter River State Forest proposes to use the shelterwood method to release stand understory and removing severely declining pine plantations. These declining stands pose a hazard to recreational users at Otter River. Other portions of the project area will incorporate uneven-aged management by group thinning.
The project in Lawton State Forest will incorporate even-aged silviculture to remove declining softwood plantations while releasing the established understory. The southerly section will incorporate uneven-aged management to remove declining softwoods and promote native regeneration. A collaborative research project with UMass Amherst is proposed here to study interactions between vegetative diversity, forest management, and forest carbon dynamics.
The proposed project at the Myles Standish State Forest proposes to use an even-age management system to reduce fuel loads and the risk of fire damage. The project area will improve public safety by creating safety zones for recreational users at the park.
The proposals may also be viewed at this website address:
https://www.mass.gov/guides/forest-management-projects.... Public comment period currently scheduled to end on August 14th, 2021 will be extended until August 31st, 2021 to ensure all participants are allowed the time for comment after listening to the presentations.
After the meeting, the presentations will be available for viewing at https://www.mass.gov/dcr/past-public-meetings. DCR encourages the public to share additional feedback on our website. Comments may be submitted online at [email protected].
Please note that the content of comments you submit to DCR, along with your name, town, and zip code, will be posted on DCR's website if provided. Additional contact information when commenting, notably email address, will only be used for outreach on future updates on the subject project or property.
If you have agency-related questions or concerns or would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR general or project-specific announcements, please email [email protected] or call 617-626-4973.
Join us on Twitter @ MassDCR
Jessica Rowcroft
Preservation Planner
Office of Cultural Resources
MA Department of Conservation & Recreation
[email protected]
NOTE: new mobile phone #: 617-455-1197

08/02/2021

How clever are cows? The cows are so SMART at Great Brook Farm they milk themselves! Learn the story behind this great gem named Great Brook Farm. Make it a sweet day on the farm that includes ICE CREAM!

August 2021 Events at the Great Brook Farm State Park Kidleidoscope Thursday, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30-11:30am
A great pre-school program for the younger folks! Join the Park Interpreter for this youth program focusing on farming themes. The program is designed for young ones with a story and related activity and or craft. No shared items. All activities are held outdoors. Meet at the Interpretive Center, 165 North Road, Carlisle

Meet the Farm Animals Thursday August 5, 12, 19, 26, 11:00am-12:00pm Friday, August 6, 13, 20, 27, 11:00am-12:00pm
Come meet the farm animals at the Great Book Farm! You’ll see sheep, goats alpaca, chickens, rabbits and of course the dairy cows and learn a little about their place on a farm. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Ice Cream Stand

Farm Tools of Yore Saturday, August 7, 14, 21, 28, 11:00am-12:00pm Come explore artifacts and farm tools that tell the story of this historic dairy farm, the only operating dairy farm on a state park. This is a drop in program and is appropriate for all ages.
Meets at the Interpretive Center, 165 North Road, Carlisle

From Milkmaids to Machines Tour Saturday, August 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:00pm Sunday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 1:00pm
Using the operating dairy farm as a backdrop, learn about the evolution of dairy farming from milkmaids to machines. This alternative to the standard Smart Barn Tour still visits the Milking Parlor and Smart Barn but focuses on the historical transformation of the industry and of the Great Brook Farm from its earliest days to the Robotic Milking System. Requires close-toed shoes and no pets or food are allowed on the tour itself. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Appropriate for families, strollers may be accommodated.
Meet at the Ice Cream Stand

Smart Barn Tours Saturday, August 7, 14, 21, 28, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
Sunday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 3:00pm, 5:00pm
Come and see our modern dairy farm in action. Join the Park Interpreter for a free educational tour of the latest in Diary Farm technology. Our Robotic Voluntary Milking System allows the cows to milk themselves! We will view the maternity ward, visit the Smart Barn and meet the young calves at the end. Requires close-toed shoes and no pets or food are allowed on the tour itself. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Appropriate for families, strollers may be accommodated. Meet at the Ice Cream stand.

All programs are free and open to the public. Bring water, use sunscreen/bug spray, dress in comfortable layers, and wear sturdy closed toe shoes. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels outdoor programs. For more information call 978-369-6312 or visit: Website https://www.mass.gov/locations/great-brook-farm-state-park or email [email protected]. The Great Brook Farm State Park is located at 165 North Road in Carlisle. Parking is $3 per car and $20 per bus. Credit card only, payable at kiosk.
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A friends group represents the interests of all legal visitors to respective forest or park properties under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Friends groups form to preserve and protect our forests and parks while helping to promote sustainable recreational use. Friends groups work to build a core of volunteers who donate their time and expertise to enriching our forests and parks and enhancing the experience of sanctioned visitors.

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
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Windsor State Forest re-opening Spring 2021.
This supplements the March FaceBook post by the Friends Network about Iron Rangers (donation canisters). These photos as of Tuesday, March 30th. Norwottuck Rail Trail parking area for the trailhead along Damon Road in Northampton. Canister no longer used for donations. Now a trash receptacle and the bottom where I'd presume would be access to get donations has busted-out duct tape, no secure panel, same with the top. No cover. Prior I was there late winter and it was filled above the top, so someone empties it. Is there a Friends Group for the Northampton / Hadley area that could address things like this?
Hope you can attend the Annual Meeting. REMINDER: Friends Network Virtual Gathering is one week from today: When: Thursday, April 1 Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm Register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMldOutrDoqHdTyahjwRVJiVpajY1USE4sy If you haven’t registered all ready, please do! And, feel free to extend this invitation to other members of your organizations, and to other organizations that may be interested in joining us. AGENDA The purpose of this meeting is to reconnect after almost two years since our last networking event. We need to stay focused to get through the agenda in an hour! 5:05 The Friends MOU – Nick Connors, Deputy Commissioner Q&A 5:20 Visitor Services Update – Julie Martin, Director of Visitor Experience and Programming Q&A 5:40 What’s Next for the Friends Network? – Jennifer Norwood, Director of External Affairs and Partnerships Discussion 5:55 Wrap up and next steps Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, Jennifer Norwood Director of External Affairs and Partnerships Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
DCR Funding Setback - Act Now See this NEMBA post for more information.
DCR Funding Increase? There's a good chance that we can increase DCR funding for next year. If we act now. Here's a post from NEMBA
Please register and attend Zoom meeting today 11/4 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Dorchester Bay City proposal : Public Meeting (Open Space, Public Realm & Resiliency)Location:Virtual Meeting Time:6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Is Carson beach and DCR protected Dorchester shores reservation for public use or high-rises should be built next to shore? Instead of proposed building"A" a public green space/park should be made available for all people next to Carson beach. https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_1PpN-SK8TECJZ9_G1fISug
No Friends Network gathering this year. What have Friends groups been up to? We had to cancel all of our major activities for the year but are happy to have started offering hikes and trail work again. I saw that the Friends of the Blue Hills are having an online celebration next week. Maybe some of you would like to check it out:
Thank you all for your patience! As many of you know, we recognized the need for guidance on volunteering as part of the Commonwealth's COVID reopening plans. That guidance can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/volunteers-in-the-parks​ Please consider this for all events that leverage volunteers -- programming, park cleanings, hikes, etc. Note, the COVID specific guidance is on page 2 of the release form, "Volunteer Release Form – COVID-19 Guidance MS Word". I'd recommend reading that document first before proceeding with any activities.
The Friends of Myles Standish SF were contacted by the DCR after we restarted very small group hikes in mid-June and asked to stop until they had approved guidelines. Was any other Friends group contacted?
Hi, Friends groups. What are you doing at this point in the reopening? Have you had any contact with the DCR?
Massachusetts Conservation Voters is seeking support from friends groups to increase funding for the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Show your support for the DCR and for your local park by signing this petition. https://massconservationvoters.com/2020/06/17/pandemic-has-proven-parks-and-other-open-spaces-are-essential-services/ Thank you
Are the Massachusetts state forests open for camping? How about for mountain biking? Thank you.