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October 24, 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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Friends Network 2013 Conference

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

Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 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 conservation of Massachusetts' forests and parks!

We are proud to announce this year's Keynote Speaker: Nancy Putnam, the DCR Ecology Program Director, Bureau of Planning and Resource Protection and Director of the Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) program. The Ecology Program focuses on the identification, conservation, and stewardship of ecological resources on DCR properties.

Other DCR guests include: Karl Pastore, DCR South Region Director, Tom Reece, DCR Director of Partnerships and Jon Regosin, Ph.D., Chief of Conservation Science, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.

View the Friends Network Newsletter about the 2014 Conference

Olmstead 2022

Special presentation by Gerry Wright, Olmsted 2022!

Gerry Wright is the Founder and President of Friends of Jamaica Pond.

More about Gerry Wright!

Friends groups and volunteers from around the Commonwealth will gather again 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.

Friends will also have an opportunity to discuss the conservation needs of favorite parks.

If you would like to share your group's conservation projects or conservation concerns at the Conference, please send information and photos relating to the project to the Friends Network Facilitators

View the DRAFT Agenda

Online Registration Form

Mail-in Registration Form (download and print PDF)

Word Docx Registration Form for Brown Baggers only (download, fill out electronically and email to friend@networkingfriends.net)

Maps and how to complete your registration

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network Awards

Each year, the Friends Network seeks nominations from Friends groups for the Friends Network Volunteers of the Year Awards and the Friends Network Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Friends of Year Awards.

Friends Network DCR Friends of Year Award

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. Any DCR employee is eligible for this award. Please submit a written narrative describing any combination of excellence in the following areas:

  • Work Performance
  • Judgment
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Support for Friends Groups
  • Citizen/Community Relations

Nominations are open now until November 21, 2014. Winners will be recognized at the Friends Network Conference. Please submit the name of an outstanding DCR employee with a brief description of the person's accomplishments, and any supportive materials by November 21, 2014 by email to: Friends Network Facilitators.*

Or use the online nomination form: Friends Network 2014 DCR Friend of the Year Nomination Form

Friends Network Volunteer of the Year Award

Do you know a person who deserves special recognition for extraordinary work on behalf of DCR forests, parks, beaches or trails? Volunteers who qualify for the Friends Network Volunteer of the Year Award may have:

  • 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

Let that special volunteer know how much you appreciate all they are doing by nominating them for the Friends Network 2014 Volunteer of the Year award. Nominees will be recognized at the Friends Network Annual Conference on Dec. 6th.

Please submit the name of an outstanding DCR volunteer with a brief description of the person's accomplishments, and any supportive materials by November, 21, 2014 by email to: Friends Network Facilitator.*

Or use the online nomination form: Friends Network 2014 Volunteer of the Year Nomination

*Please note that nominations must include a $5 donation to help cover the costs of the award recipient's lunch and their award.

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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.