The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network is a grassroots organization of volunteer Friends networking for greater advocacy, 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 by contacting a Friends Network facilitator.
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The 8th Annual Friends Network Gathering
View 120 photos from the Friends Network Gathering - Slide Show (Courtesy Frank Mand)
Key Speaker - Whitney Hatch, Chairman, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Stewardship Council
Mr. Hatch is currently serving his second seven-year term on the Stewardship Council and is the author of the May, 2015 Boston Globe Op Ed, Massachusetts' parks are falling into ruin.
DCR Partnerships Director and Partnerships Matching Funds Program Coordinator Tom Reece will join us in the afternoon for a discussion of the Volunteer Program Guide and the Matching Funds program.
Announcing the Friends Network 2014 DCR Friends of the Year Awards
Announcing the Friends Network 2014 Volunteers of the Year Awards
The Friends Network Volunteer of the Year Award is bestowed upon an individual or group who deserves special recognition for extraordinary work on behalf of DCR forests, parks, beaches or trails. Qualifications for the Friends Network Volunteer of the Year Award may include: developed or maintained a program; maintained grounds/facilities; helped preserve cultural and/or natural resources/wildlife; recruited new volunteers; assisted in growing and developing the group's community profile; engaged new members and sponsors; demonstrated outstanding leadership.
The Friends Network DCR Friend of the Year Award is presented yearly to Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) employees or agencies that have demonstrated exemplary effort on behalf of Massachusetts' forests, parks, beaches and trails, or Friends groups. All DCR employees are eligible for this award. The award is based on excellence in the following areas: work performance; judgment; initiative; integrity; support for friends groups; community relations.