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August 2015 DCR Calendar of Events for Myles Standish SF

(This is the DCR calendar. It does not include Friends sponsored events. Highlights of our events are listed on our Meetup site.)

August MSSF calendar More DCR August Calendar details. For most events, heavy rain or lightning storms will cancel. Please call the park office at 508-866-2526 if you have any questions.

The Myles Standish State Forest DCR interpreters offer many events from June through August. New events this year include

  • Wednesday morning's "Stroll through the Pines" ("It’s never too late to get out and enjoy nature! This is a level, gently paced walk in the woods no longer than a half hour long (15 min out, 15 min back). It is designed for ambulatory people looking to get more active and enjoy the beauty of the forest. Perfect for seniors, people recovering from an injury or just people looking to get more exercise. A friendly and knowledgeable park interpreter will lead the walk and will speak about the plants, animals and history.of this magnificent forest. Meets at the Interpretive Center in Parking Lot One.

  • Friday morning Cutterfield Bird Watches (An informal bird watching program in one of MSSF premier bird watching locations. One hour and a half of bird watching and call identifying. This is for beginner birders; please bring binoculars if you have them – or borrow a pair of ours. Rain cancels. Meets at Fearing Pond Day Use Area, next to Camping Area H, with a short walk over to Cutterfield Road to explore the birds of forest and field. Note: the Day Use Area parking lot will be open for this program only, all cars must leave the lot by end the of the program so we can lock the gates. )

Bike path repairs are underway!

Major repairs are being done to fix the cracks and pave over the unpaved sections on the bike path going up the west side of the park to the Rocky Pond parking lot. (As of 7/30, repairs have been completed from headquarters through Pokanoket Road, which is about two-thirds of the west side path. The path is rideable but has not been repaired heading north from that point.)

2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner

Our annual dinner was held on May 14th at the Carver Sportsmen's Club. About 40 Friends joined us. We honored the service of long time director and birding guru Glenn d'Entremonthonoring Glenn d'Entremont and named him "Volunteer of the Year". Salvatore Raciti was also named "Volunteer of the Year".

President Bill Vickstrom reported on the last year and announced that a new headquarters water fountain was being installed as the result of a project started by Rose Mellino. DCR South Region director Karl Pastore gave the Friends an update on the major improvements being made in Myles Standish State Forest. Four miles of road have been repaved in the last year. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on upgrading bathroom facilities at Charge and Fearing Pond campgrounds. Important repair work on the forest's bike trails is scheduled this year. (The sections that had been left as dirt crossing power and gas lines will be paved.)

Dr. Tom FrenchThe election of 6 directors to the Friends board for the term 2015-2017 occurred. Two founding directors, Thom Gifford and Jim Nelson, rejoined the Board during the year. Gail Nauen joined the Board and has offered to serve as Secretary. Rose Mellino, John Welsh and Richard Wall Jr. were also reelected to the Board for another term.

Our guest speaker was Dr. Tom French from the Massachusetts Natual Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Dr. French reported on the natural resurgance of various predator populations in the Commonwealth as forests have recovered from the 80% logged state found in the late 19th century and the difficulties of protecting wildlife in the midst of a densely populated state like Massachusetts.

Pinefest, sponsored by the Southeastern Mass Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA), came back on May 30th

Pinefest banner It was even more successful than last year. Somewhere north of 500 people enjoyed a sparkling clear day in the pines.

Park Serve Day

Park Serve Day was held on April 25th. About 30 FriendsPark Serve Day crowd gethers joined us for a couple of hours working on clearing trails, planting flowers, painting picnic tables and cleaning up around headquarters. Thanks to everyone who joined us! MSSF sign with newly planted flowers More photos are available on our Meetup site.

Vernal Pools

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Biologist Charlie Pye was out mucking about in the vernal pools this spring. He was gathering information for certifying vernal pools. If you are interested in learning more about these very special places, contact Charlie.(cgpye@aol.com)

Plants Walks with Irina

The summer plants walk with Irina was held on July 5th (rescheduled from June 21st). botanist Irina shows plantSome truly unique plants were discovered along the pond shores of Myles Standish. (More photos on the Meetup photo gallery.) Arnold Arboretum naturalist and longtime FMSSF member Irina Kadis also led a springtime plants walk on April 12th through the southernmost section of the forest. The broom crowberry was just starting to bloom. broom crowberry

Bluebird boxes went in on April 4th, Find out more about our native bird support program.

Beat the heat at College Pond.

College Pond beach scene

The Friends' September Board meeting will take place Wednesday September 2nd at 7PM. (We usually meet the first Wednesday of every month in the "barn" up the road from forest headquarters.) Are you someone who regularly camps, bicycles, rides horses, skis or snowshoes or kayaks in the State Forest? Our group needs more input from all legitimate forest users. Currently, we have hikers, wildlife observers, hunters/fishers and cottage owners. You are welcome to attend our next Board meeting.(More info.)

Last Update 8/26/2015

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New Trails Map

A newly published MSSF trails map offers many exciting areas to visit. Find out more.trails map

Fall bird hunting starts October 17th with bow hunting for deer starting on October 19th. Check MassWildlife for a summary of 2015 hunting and fishing dates. As always, there is NO HUNTING ON SUNDAYS

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The Friends are selling baseball caps with the Friends logo. If you are interested in buying a Friends hat for $20, please send an email to "friends@friendsmssf.com". Available colors are forest green or blaze orange.

Visit the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Meetup.com group for a listing of all our upcoming hikes, birding events and other activities.

Our Thursday morning hikes and Sunday dog hikes (hikers are welcome with or without a dog) continue. Check out the upcoming listings on Meetup. Join us!dog hikers

According to this 2014 article from the Star Tribune (Minnesota) , "Massachusetts has nation's toughest ATV law." In a recent presentation to the DCR Stewardship Council by an Environmental Police Officer, Plymouth and Carver were shown to be the leading sources (#1 and #2) of calls to the Massachusetts Environmental Police with complaints about illegal riding. Your calls have been noticed and the many visits of EPO's to MSSF over the fall were credited to the calls. (Numbers for reporting OHV's in the park)