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November 28, 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.

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Register Now for The Massachusetts Forest and Park
Friends Network 7th Annual Conference: Focus on Conservation!

Friends Network 2013 Conference

Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 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 role that Friends groups and volunteers can play in the conservation of Massachusetts' forests and parks!

Nancy Putnam

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Putnam, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Director of Ecology and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern

Topic:  DCR Ecology, Projects and Priorities

More about the Conference here!

View the Agenda

Online Registration

Mail-in Registration Form (download and print PDF)

Maps and how to complete your registration

View the Friends Network Newsletter for the 2014 Conference

Friends groups and volunteers from around the Commonwealth will gather in Upton, where we will share our conservation initiatives and discuss the DCR projects designed to restore and protect the Massachusetts' forests, parks, beaches and trails.

The Friends Network Conference provides an opportunity for Friends groups and volunteers to discuss the conservation needs of their favorite parks. The Friends Network facilitators will capture the information in a report sent to the DCR and other state officials. If you would like to share your group's conservation projects or conservation concerns at the Conference, please send information and related photos the Friends Network Facilitators.

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Announcing the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network 2014 Award Recipients!

Each year the Friends Network seeks nominations from Friends groups for the Friends Network Volunteer of the Year Award and the Friends Network Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Friend of Year Award.

View the Friends Network 2014 DCR Friends of Year Award recipients here

The Friends Network will recognize the work of extraordinary volunteers on behalf of DCR forests, parks, beaches or trails at the Friends Network 7th Annual Conference on December 6, 2014.

View the Friends Network 2014 DCR Friends of Year Award recipients here

The Friends Network will honor a Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) person who has shown exemplary efforts on behalf of forests, parks or Friends groups. Recipients will be recognized at the Friends Network 7th Annual Conference on December 6, 2014.

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Special Features

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

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

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.