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

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 is coming back May 30th

Pinefest banner Last year's Pinefest at Charge Pond was loads of fun. View the full schedule of Pinefest events here. The Friends will be participating again this year, offering hikes and orienteering lessons. SEMPBA also has asked us to help out-- possibly helping people park cars or give directions. If you can help for any part of this great day, please sign up on our Pinefest Meetup.

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 picnic tables painted on Park Serve Day at Myles Standishand 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 has been out mucking about in the vernal pools this spring. He is gathering information for certifying vernal pools. If you are interested in learning more about these very special places, contact Charlie.(cgpye@aol.com)

Spring Plants Walk

botany walkArnold Arboretum naturalist and longtime FMSSF member Irina Kadis led a plant walk on April 12th through the southernmost section of the forest. The broom crowberry was just starting to bloom. broom crowberry The spring plant quiz is here.

New Trails Map

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

First Day Hike

First Day hike

51 Friends of Myles Standish State Forest joined us on New Year's morning to walk the newly reblazed Friends Trail. The 3.3 mile trail starts across the street from the parking lot at the park's main Plymouth entrance along Long Pond Road. It follows the bike path for less than half a mile before turning off into the woods. (Get a trail map.)

Fishing Derby

September's highlight was our 8th Annual Family Friendly Fishing derby at Fearing Pond. kid castingderby prizewinner

A magnificent day brought hundreds of entrants trying to catch the just-stocked trout in Fearing Pond. Visit our Meetup site photo album for 80 photos of the 2014 Fishing Derby.

We received 67 entries to this year's photo contest. View the prize winners here.

Spring turkey season runs from April 27th through May 23rd. Hunters may be out from before dawn until noon. Check the Massachusetts DFW turkey hunting regulations. As always, there is NO HUNTING ON SUNDAYS

The Friends' June Board meeting will take place Wednesday June 3rd 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.)

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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)