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March 16, 2014

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network

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.


CALL TO ACTION - Tell Legislators What Budget Cuts have Done to Our Forests and Parks

Please take two minutes now to fill out the Friends' DCR PARK FUNDING SURVEY. We've made it easy for you to let our legislators know how years of budget cuts have impacted the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) forests and parklands.

Please fill out the Friends' DCR Park Funding Comment Form now before this message gets buried in your inbox. CLICK HERE NOW

Friends Network Facilitators will compile the comments and present them to the legislators at the DCR Legislative Caucus on April 2. Numbers count. Let's show them that our parks matter!


SPECIAL CONCERN - Watershed 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



The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is gathering stories that illustrate the impact of budget cuts on our state parks, forests, and beaches to support the FY15 Green Budget.

Every story counts and who has more stories than Friends Groups?

Share your (park's) story and request adequate funding for your favorite park here.


ParkWatch Dispatch Now Operated by MEMA

Tour the MEMA bunker in Framingham with your Friends and learn how ParkWatch Dispatchers work.

JOIN Friends on Earth Day, April 22, 10:00 am, for a tour of the undereground MEMA bunker in Framingham. Space is limited and you must pre-register. If you are interested in touring MEMA contact: friend@networkingfriends.net


OUR APOLOGIES: On June 27, 2013 the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) replaced all of the websites of the agencies under their jurisdiction. As a result, many of the previous links to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), MassWildlife and other EOEEA agencies' websites no longer work from this site. We will be updating links as time permits but it is a huge job. If you need specific information that you cannot find, please send an email to friend@networkingfriends.net and we will try to direct you.


Special Features

Search the Friends Network database for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Properties that have or need Friends. MFPFN DCR Properties and Friends Groups Database.

New Report from the Trust for Public Land, The Return on Investment in Parks and Open Space in Massachusetts, September 2013.