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Friends at work Friends help keep bike trails clear of debris.

2015 Park Serve Day Friends gathered in 2015 for Park Serve Day

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Friends helped build the Amphitheater in 2008.

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About Us

Mission Statement:

Friends of Myles Standish State Forest (FMSSF) is organized to promote and conserve the natural, scenic and historical resources of Myles Standish State Forest and its Satellite Areas; to foster the use and enjoyment of Myles Standish State Forest by the public in a manner consonant with the protection and preservation of the environment; to engage in such educational, scientific and charitable activities as will assist the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the operation of Myles Standish State Forest; and to assist and work in cooperation with the Forest Supervisor in general support and enrichment of Myles Standish State Forest.

Friends of Myles Standish is directed by a Board of Directors representing the various Forest user groups. Members and the public are welcome to attend the board meetings. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the headquarters conference building (100 yards up the street), 194 Cranberry Road, Carver, at 7:00 p.m.

Current Officers and other Board Members (2018):

John Bescherer, President/ Treasurer- Hiking, Trails, Meetup, Website

Glenn d'Entremont, Secretary, Birding expert

Richard Wall Jr., Sportsmen 

Donna McBrien- Membership

Charles Pye, Vernal Pools; Newsletter 

Jim Nelson, Cottage Program

Thom Gifford, Equestrian and Trails

Dan Badger, Educational

Bob Bentley, Trails

Christie Lawyer, Equestrian

Derek Welch, Cottage Program

Bill Vickstrom, Past President- Hiking, Trails Committee

Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, Inc. Bylaws- As amended May 2013

Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, Inc. Bylaws- As amended May 2016


Contact Us

Friends of MSSF Home Page

Pine Barrens Community Initiative Home Page

Southeast MA Pine Barrens

Is It Native? Your Plant Photo I.D. Center



Volunteer Opportunities

FMSSF History Section - How did we get here?

2007-2012 Meetings and Events

News and newsletters from the group's foundation (2007-2008)

2007-2008 Projects

Page Updated June 28, 2018

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