Friends of Myles Standish State Forest

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Erica Wheeler Concert at Myles Standish State Forest

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Erica Wheeler Concert—A Sense of Place
Saturday, August 18, 1 PM
Rain date: Sunday, August 19, 1 PM
MSSF Headquarters Amphitheater
194 Cranberry Road, S. Carver, MA

Erica Wheeler is an award winning singer/songwriter whose performances combine story, humor, history and a love of nature to connect local people to their own special place.

DCR, Wildlands Trust, Luna-C Arts, and Friends of MSSF are sponsoring this free concert to renew your "sense of place" and help you get in tune with nature.

Join us for an afternoon of music, inspiration, laughter and an optional guided hike. Children, teens and adults will enjoy this event. Bring blankets and a picnic lunch or dinner and stay the whole day.

1-2:30 PM: Family Concert and interactive Sense of Place activity
3-4:30 PM: Interpretive Hike: Pine Barrens—A Forest at Risk

Free Erica Wheeler Concert and hike
Learning how to love your local Pine Barrens, by Frank Mand, Wicked Local Plymouth, August 14, 2012

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Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Newsletter July 28, 2012 - August Forecast: Sunshine and Good Times Ahead in MSSF!

Smokey BearAstronaut in space

Explore Space with Smokey Bear
DCR Myles Standish State Forest
(behind the Headquarters)
194 Cranberry Road, Carver
Wednesday, August 15
6 PM - 10 PM

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Park Serve Day 2012

Thank you to the 75 volunteers who took part in the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Park Serve Day at Myles Standish State Forest!

Park Serve Day 1Rose Mellino paints blazes along the Bentley Loop. Photo by C.J. Dun Watson. Park Serve day LunchVolunteers enjoy lunch after a hard morning of work. Photo by C.J. Dunn Watson.

psd3Equestrian Chair Thom Gifford doing work at the Equestrian Camp. Photo by John Bescherer.

Volunteers worked with DCR staff, Recreational Facility Supervisor John C. Roberts, Forest and Park Supervisor John Dubois, making Park Serve Day 2012 the largest turnout of participants in the Myles Standish State Forest ever! Over 30 equestrians from the Southeast Chapter of Bay State Trail Riders Association (BSTRA ) joined with FMSSF members and others to do the following work:

  • Brushed back and replaced the old plastic markers on 3.8 miles of the Bentley Loop Trail using a new "blaze/paint" system
  • Installed volunteer-made wood sign posts at strategic locations along the Bentley Loop
  • Site prep of 40 campsites at the Charge Pond campground equestrian area
  • Trail work on 3 trail entrances to different areas of park
  • Began work for a link from the equestrian camping area to the equestrian trail
  • Installed posts at the Charge Pond campground for new trail signs at trail heads
  • Trash collection along roadways and trails
  • Garden clean-up at the park headquarters

If you check the National Value of Volunteer Time you'll see that for Massachusetts the volunteer value is $26.84 per hour. For three hours, that's over $6,000 worth of work in one day! Thanks again everyone.

Enjoy Frank Mand's article Park Serve Day provides positive, productive fun
Seventy-five volunteers spruce up Myles Standish State Forest
, Wicked Local Plymouth, April 26, 201




























Eric J. Walberg (AICP), joined the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences as the Senior Program Leader for Climate Change and Energy in June of 2010. He is currently managing Manomet’s climate change adaptation efforts. Eric has worked for many years to improve the integration of urban and environmental planning in both local and regional contexts.

Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences

Mr. Eric J. Walberg, AICPWalberg


You are Invited!

Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Conference Building
(Across the street from the MSSF Headquarters)

Guest Speaker is Raptor Researcher Joey Mason. Joey will share her extensive research and experiences with American kestrels in southeastern Massachusetts during the past 20 years. Joey is working with the Friends of MSSF Native Bird Support Group to increase the numbers of Eastern bluebirds in MSSF. She has much to tell us about how we can help restore the native bird populations in the forest and in our own backyards.

You will have an opportunity to meet Joey's friends—a pair of Kestrels!

The evening will include a brief business meeting and awards ceremony.

Join us! Dessert will be served.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Park Serve Day

Park Serve Day at Myles Standish State Forest—Saturday, April 24, 10 AM to 3 PM
Forest Headquarters Parking Lot

Join Friends to help forest staff create a new trail entrance to the East Head Reservoir Trail at the Forest Headquarters and more. Bring a lunch. Tools and light snacks provided. Please sign up to volunteer at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) website.

Wonders of the Myles Standish State Forest Pine Barrens

Carver Town Hall, Meeting Room 1,Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 7:00 PM

Hosted in Carver by the Carver Conservation Commission and Friends of Myles Standish State Forest

Four expert panelists highlight aspects of the MSSF that will amaze!

See: Wonders of the Pine Barrens, March 31, 2009

Bird Watching Field Training

Sunday, June 7, 2009 1:00 p.m.

John Galluzzo offers a birding training walk for anyone interested in learning how to bird watch. Skills learned on this walk would also be very useful for people wanting to participate in the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas Project For more information on BBA2, see Mass Audubon's BBA2 web site.

Myles Standish State Forest, A Critical Treasure
June 6, 2009 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Organizer Fred Yost

Myles Standish State Forest, A Critical Treasure
June 6, 2009 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Join the Southeast Massachusetts Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, and The Nature Conservancy in a celebration of the recreational and ecological resources of Myles Standish State Forest. There is a little bit of every thing, from hands on trail maintenance to a field trip and talk about forest management at Myles Standish.

The DCR’s new Healthy Heart Trail Initiative will help you get in better shape and there is a seven mile hike for those who want some strenuous exercise. We also have a shorter walk to discover some of the smaller yet fascinating plants found in this unique forest. Come experience why Myles Standish SF is a Critical Treasure of Massachusetts, and learn what is being done to maintain it for your enjoyment and for future generations. Find out how you can help.

Schedule of Events

9:30 Trails crew meets at headquarters parking lot then moves to parking lot #2
10:00-11:30 Amy Wilmot, Healthy Heart Trail (3 miles around the East Head Reservoir trail)
10:00 -2:00 Barbara Leland and Ellie MacPherson, long hike (7 miles including East head Reservoir loop and Bentley loop trails)
12:00-1:00 picnic lunch (bring a bag lunch or picnic basket)
1:00-3:00 Irina Kadis, Plants of Myles Standish SF
1:00-3:00 Forest Management field trip with Bob Bale (TNC) and Paul Gregory (DCR Forester)

The days activities;

Trails work with the SEM AMC trail crew

Join the Trails crew of the Southeast Mass. Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club for a morning of trails maintenance on the Bentley Loop Trail. There is work for all ages and skill levels. Please register with Lou Sikorsky (508-678-3984, hikinglou@charter.net) or Bill Ruel (508-838-3841, camperbill@yahoo.com).

Healthy Heart walk with Amy Wilmot

Join Amy Wilmot, DCR Interpretive Specialist on a 3 mile Healthy Heart walk around the East Head Reservoir. This is a DCR initiative to encourage people to use recreation as a way to maintain good health. The East Head Reservoir Trail has been designated as one of the Health Heart Trails in the DCR reservations. This is a family friendly walk and will take 11/2 to 2 hours. Meet at the Myles Standish State Forest headquarters parking lot at 10:00 a.m. Please bring water and wear long pants and sturdy shoes.
Hike the East Head Reservoir Trail and Bentley Loop
Join Barbara Leland and Ellie MacPherson on a ~7 mile hike through Myles Standish State Forest. This forest is one of the largest contiguous pitch pine/scrub oak communities north of Long Island. Meet at the headquarters parking lot at 10:00. Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes or boots. There will be a brief talk about the critical treasures event prior to the hike.

Steal and Fire, forest management at Myles Standish State Forest with Paul Gregory and Bob Bale

Join DCR Forester Paul Gregory and Nature Conservancy Fire Manager Bob Bale for an up-close look at current pitch pine-scrub oak community management practices in Myles Standish State Forest. We'll visit a section of the forest that recently underwent a mechanical fuel reduction, and another location recently treated with prescribed fire. We'll discuss the natural history of the Plymouth Pine Barrens, and the benefits of mechanical and burning treatments to this globally rare plant community. Meet at the parking lot by Myles Standish State Forest headquarters on Cranberry Road. We will car pool to the first site on paved roads, but will need 4 wheel drive (with more ground clearance than a 4wd car) to travel on the rough & sand roads to the second site. Several 4wd vehicles will be available for those who do not have a suitable vehicle. Meet at 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot by the Myles Standish State Forest headquarters for this 2 hour field trip.

A Myles Standish Plant Sampler with Irina Kadis

A walk along the shores of the East Head Reservoir in Myles Standish is always a pleasure--and especially at this time of the year. You can make it even more rewarding if you recognize many different plants along the trail. Our walk will introduce you to native shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants. Most are common in this unique park. Shrubs in the heath family (ericaceous) are going to be in the center of our attention, as we will be able to see a variety of those. Many will be in flower. We will make frequent stops in order to take a closer look at plants along the trail, learn how to recognize them, and practice telling one from another. Therefore, we are not planning on covering much distance, and this walk is not intended for those looking for a good exercise.
We will start at 1:00 p.m. at the headquarters parking lot. Plan for about 2 hours. Wear sturdy footwear and long pants. Don’t forget water and insect repellent to protect yourself from ticks.
You will be given a species list. If you really strive to learn your plants, a useful technique is taping a leaf from each shrub beside your notes, so you might want to have a roll of Scotch tape and a notebook.

Directions; from rt. 495 take exit 2, go north on Tremont St. To S. Carver, take a right on Cranberry Rd. Follow signs to the headquarters.

Myles Standish Forest Evening Walk with Glenn d'Entremont

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 PM

Meet at the parking area at the headquarters/interpretive center at the intersection of Lower College Pond & Fearing Pond Roads in the Carver (southwest) part of the forest. A serene way to end the day with Prairie Warblers and Hermit Thrushes reluctantly giving way to Whip-poor-wills and, perhaps, Northern Saw-whet Owls.

Call Glenn d'Entremont for more information 781-344-5857

Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

7:00 p.m.

MSSF Headquarters Barn


Breeding Bird Atlas 2 Coordinator John Galluzzo to speak at FMSSF Annual Meeting

The Friends of Myles Standish State Forest are delighted to host John Galluzzo, the Regional Coordinator for Plymouth County in the Breeding Bird Atlas 2 (BBA2) project as the speaker for the Friends 2nd Annual Meeting on May 12. Everyone is invited. Find out how you can participate in the BBA2 project! You do not have to volunteer for BBA2 to enjoy what promises to be a great presentation on birds in our area.

BBA2 is a volunteer program designed to track bird populations in Massachusetts. Volunteers are asked to spend a minimum of 20 hours finding nesting bird species in each of 970 ten-square-mile blocks across the state. Data collected over a five year period will be compared to the Breeding Bird Atlas of 1979 providing important information on changes in breeding bird populations. See Mass Audubon's BBA2 website for more information.

John Galluzzo

Wonders of the Myles Standish State Forest Pine Barrens

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

6:30 p.m.
Plymouth Library

School Street

Five expert panelists highlight the MSSF!

Panel Moderator - Robb Johnson
Southeast Massachusetts Program Director
The Nature Conservancy www.nature.org

Birds of the Pine Barrens - Trevor L. Lloyd-Evans Author and Senior Staff Biologist
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences www.manomet.org

Controlled Burning - Bob Bale, Fire and Restoration Manager
The Nature Conservancy MA Chapter www.tncfire.org

Wild Wild Plants - Irina Kadis, Plant Enthusiast
Massachusetts Wild Plants Gallery www.salicicola.com

Rare Insects of the Pine Barrens - Mike Nelson, Invertebrate Zoologist MA Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program of the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/

Robb Johnson  
Trevor Lloyd-Evans Irina Kadis
bob bale Mike Nelson

Park Watch Presentation

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Park Watch Program Presentation

Chief Ranger Curt Rudge, Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Park Watch program described how the program works to FMSSF at the November 18 meeting. By December, the Board voted unanimously to bring the program to MSSF.>

Ranger Rudge explained that the program begins with him setting up a meeting with police chiefs in Plymouth and Carver. After that, FMSSF will help set up a community meeting where Ranger Rudge will explain the program to the public and conduct volunteer training for those interested in participating.

Park Watch volunteers report any illegal or suspicious activity to DCR Park Rangers or State Police. Illegal or suspicious behavior can include: vandalism, ground fires, illegal dumping, consumption of alcohol, collecting plants or animals, illegal motorized vehicles on trails, camping or park use after dusk. See http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/trailwatch/mapw.htm.

Volunteers work cooperatively with forest staff, park rangers, environmental and local police to recognize and report suspicious activity in and around park areas. They also provide information to park managers and local law enforcement agencies by being "eyes & ears" in the forest.

FMSSF Ken Winters has stepped forward to chair the Park Watch Subcommittee. Ken will help arrange the first pubic meeting. Meanwhile, report suspicious activity to the Forest staff at (508) 866-2526 or call the number PK Watch number above.

Chief Ranger Curt Rudge

Annual Meeting:

May 8, 2008

7:00 p.m.

MSSF Headquarters

Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Turns One!

We have completed one full year!

Annual Meeting: Speakers Nick Holland, Land Stewardship, Inc., and James Rassman, DCR Management Forester, SE Region. Nick has recently completed a project for DCR in Myles Standish State Forest that included acquiring GPS coordinates for every trail (including illegal trails) in MSSF. Nick and Jim will lead a discussion on Nick's findings and how they will affect MSSF forest management.

Nick Holland


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Kathleen Anderson

Bird Populations in the Fire-prone Pine Barrens.


Kathleen Anderson

Friends of Myles Standish will welcome Kathleen Anderson, founder of the Manomet Bird Observatory, which later became the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.

Ms. Anderson grew up in Carver, always fascinated by nature, especially birds. She became the Founding Director, Manomet Bird Observatory, now the Manomet Center for Conservation Services. She was the first President and one of founders of Plymouth County Wildlands Trust, now the Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts. Ms. Anderson has served 25 years on MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee, last 5 years as Chairman. She was elected Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union, received the Governor Francis W. Sargent Award by the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the George Haydock Award by the Lloyd Center for the Environment, Dartmouth, MA.

"The Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences is one of the nation's only independent non-profits dedicated exclusively to carrying out environmental research. Originally founded nearly 40 years ago as the Manomet Bird Observatory," reported the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation when announcing the largest grant ever awarded by NFWF to Manomet Center in December 2007. The NFWF funds will be matched two to one for a total investment of $2.2 million for conservation projects. All that because Kathleen cared.

Come and meet Kathleen. Hear what she has to tell you about Bird Populations in the Fire-prone Pine Barrens. She is a true local champion of birds and wildlife. Her presence is sure to inspire!

Read about the Manomet Center Award here:

Kathleen Anderson


Wayne Petersen, Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) Project at the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Barn, at the MSSF Headquarters.

For information please call (508) 591-7533.

All bird loving people are invited to hear Wayne Petersen, Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) at the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
In 2001 Mass Audubon initiated the IBA Program in Massachusetts to identify areas particularly important as bird breeding habitats. By working with knowledgeable birders, representatives from state and federal agencies, NGO organizations, and avian scientists, 79 IBAs throughout the Commonwealth were identified, nominated, and officially recognized. Myles Standish State Forest is among the sites listed as an IBA. Petersen's presentation will provide a summary overview of the IBA program. The program will also include a description of some of the more important Massachusetts IBAs, their habitats and special bird life, and the particular conservation problems existing at different sites. In addition, attendees will discover how local bird clubs can help advance the success of the IBA Program throughout the Commonwealth.
Wayne Petersen is co-author of Birds of Massachusetts (1993) and co-editor of the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas (2003), his knowledge of the habitats, distribution, and status of the Commonwealth's bird life is both extensive and wide-ranging. In 2005 Wayne was the recipient of the American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology.
Admission is free. The building is accessible and dessert will be served.Peterson


Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

MSSF Headquarters “The Barn” at Myles Standish State Forest Headquarters
Cranberry Road, Carver

Archeology, Human History and Pine Barrens

Friends of Myles Standish State Forest is delighted to host speakers, Ms. Tonya Largy and Mr. Eugene Winter of the Robbins Museum of Archaeology, Middleborough, MA.

Ms. Largy is the President of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society (MAS), which maintains the museum. An archaeological consultant specializing in the analyses of both plant and animal remains from archaeological sites, Ms. Largy is on the staff of the Zooarchaeology Laboratory of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. She has been active in Massachusetts archaeology since the late 1970’s. She has conducted excavations in the Sudbury/Assabet/Concord River basin and participated in excavations sponsored by the National Park Service. Mr. Winter is the Robbins Museum Coordinator and a wealth of information. Together they promise to deliver an outstanding slide show presentation on the extensive Robbins Museum collection, a collection that boasts over 80,000 artifacts! Friends MSSF has asked the pair to concentrate their remarks on human history in our own Pine Barrens.

The Robbins Museum is a gem. Please visit the Massachusetts Archaeology Society website for more information about the MAS and the Robbins Museum. Everyone is welcome, including students. Please come, especially if you have found an artifact that belongs in this museum! Dessert and hot beverages will be served.

Eugene Winter  

October 25, 2007

Anyone living in or near Pine Barrens will want to attend the next Friends of Myles Standish State Forest meeting, Thursday, October 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at “the Barn”, MSSF Headquarters. The speaker will be Ron Aseltine, Plymouth County Fire Warden District II (in Myles Standish State Forest). Ron says Pine Barrens are the Nation’s third most dangerous area for out of control wildfires. With so many of us living in forested areas, we need to prepare for the inevitable. Come and learn what our forest managers and firefighters are doing to help prevent another wildfire disaster; and just as important, learn what you can do to protect your own property and the forest we all love. We urge you to attend this important meeting. (Bob Bale, The Nature Conservancy Fire and Restoration Manager, shows a map depicting wildfire burns since the 1950's.)

Also at this meeting, Friends will pay tribute to former MSSF Supervisor, Robert A. MacKenzie, who held MSSF together for over 17 years! The Department of Conservation and Recreation promoted Robert to District Supervisor of Blue Hills. Now DCR must find a replacement. Not an easy task! Everyone is welcome to Robert’s farewell celebration. (Robert MacKenzie received this photo from Helga and Kurt Stottmeier in thanks for Robert's 17 years of service as Supervisor of Myles Standish State Forest.)

Friends MSSF meets at Myles Standish State Forest in "the barn", across the street from the forest headquarters, Cranberry Rd., S. Carver.
To find the Barn, enter the MSSF forest. Follow the signs to Headquarters. We will have a large sign posted at the Barn. Please call FMSSF (508) 833-3588 for more information.Click here for a pdf map.

Robert MacKenzie Award Presentation



Bob Bale

September 2007

Friends will set their agenda for the coming year, discuss projects and organize committees. Bring your suggestions for improving the forest! (Click here to view the 2007-2008 Priorities List).

July 2007

Guest speakers: The Nature Conservancy SE MA Program Director, Robb Johnson, and Casey Shetterly, SE MA Program Coordinator. Robb and Casey conducted a power point presentation on "Pine Barrens". FMMSF is looking for ways to join forces with TNC. To see what The Nature Conservancy is doing in our area click here.

June 2007

Environmental Police Officer Rob Akin addressed the FMSSF regarding their most pressing concern: the use of illegal off road vehicles in the MSSF. DCR Forester James Rassman, and DCR Forest Ranger Tony Sanders were on hand to offer their input. Out of the meeting came several suggestions to present to DCR and other organizations for consideration in dealing with this ever-growing problem in open space and forests. If you are interested in helping find solutions for ending ORV use where it doesn't belong click here.

May 2007
This meeting was held to determine if forest users had sufficient interest to begin a friends group. Twenty-seven people from diverse groups, such as, bicyclists, equestrians, bird watchers, cottage owners, dog walkers, hunters and fishers attended the meeting with great enthusiasm for beginning the group. At the meeting volunteers formed a board and began organizing the group as a non-profit charity to help the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation care for the Myles Standish State Forest. If you too would like to become a member of FMSSF call (508) 833-3588, or e-mail, or click here for a membership form.