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December 20, 2015

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.

Visit the Friends Network on Facebook

What Are Friends For?

The 8th Annual Friends Network Gathering
Saturday, December 5, 2015

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

  • Rene Morin, Maintenance Supervisor, Western, Corridor,  Alewife Reservation
  • Mike Mitchell, Supervisor, Lawrence Heritage State Park
  • Jason Moriera, Park Interpreter, Harold Parker State Forest

Announcing the Friends Network 2014 Volunteers of the Year Awards

  • Everett Castro, Friends of Freetown State Forest
  • Ellen Arnold, Friends of Upton State Forest        
  • Jake Stout, Friends of Alewife Reservation     

Read the Nominations for all of the 2015 Award Recipients

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.

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View highlights from the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network 7th Annual Conference: Focus on Conservation, Saturday, December 6, 2014, Upton, Massachusetts

View All Past Friends Network Award Recipients

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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: 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.