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July 7, 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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Help Monitor DCR Forest Management Projects in the forest near you!
Friends are needed to help monitor the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Forest Management Project Proposals and Silviculture Prescriptions

In response to concerns about aggressive commercial timber harvesting in state forests and parklands from Friends groups and other conservation-minded organizations the DCR convened the Forest Futures Visioning Process (FFVP) to develop a new vision for the management of forested public lands in the Commonwealth. The FFVP concluded in 2012 with a promise that the DCR would shift forest stewardship to focus more on conservation and greater public engagement and transparency. The Friends Network promised to monitor DCR forestry to ensure that those of us who care about our state forests are aware of commercial timber sales on state lands that all logging operations are managed responsibly. If you can help monitor a forestry project in your area please contact friend@networkingfriends.net.

DCR Link: Proposed Forest Management Projects

Central Berkshire District 02

October Mountain State Forest Sherlock Lot Prescription
October Mountain State Forest School House Lot Proposal
October Mountain State Forest School House Lot Prescription

Southern Berkshires District 03

Sandisfield State Forest Egg Shell Lot Prescription
Sandisfield State Forest York Lake Proposal
Sandisfield State Forest York Lake Prescription

Western CT Valley District 04

Leyden State Forest Breezy Knoll
Dubuque State Forest Kings Corner
Dubuque State Forest Kings Corner Prescription

Eastern CT Valley District 05

Warwick State Forest Camp Proposal
Warwick State Forest Camp Prescription

Mid State District 06

Federated Women's Club State Forest Campground Prescription
Templeton State Forest Hadley Aiken Lot Proposal
Templeton State Forest  Hadley Aiken Lot Prescription

Northeast District 07

Marlborough-Sudbury State Forest Goodale Lot Pine Sale Prescription

Southeast District 08

Freetown-Fall River State Forest Freetown Co-Peace Prescription
Myles Standish State Forest Pine Barrens Restoration
Myles Standish State Forest Pine Barrens Prescription
Myles Standish State Forest Pine Barrens Restoration Timber Harvest – Overview and Updates

SPECIAL CONCERN - Watershed Forest 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

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Special Features

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

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.