Who is eligible?

The Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network is open for membership to friends groups formed to support a particular property under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). However, any group that cares about forests, parks and trails is welcome to participate in the Friends Network as a “Friend to Friends”. Learn more about starting and managing a Friends group here.

How can we join?

Simply by designating a representative from your friends group to serve as the liaison with the Friends Network. The liaison supplies an e-mail address to the Friends Network Facilitators and agrees to receive e-mail information from the Friends Network. The liaison controls what information he or she shares with the friends group. Contact friend@DCRfriendsnetwork.org to learn more, and you can register for our newsletter.

All e-mail addresses and all communications received from Friends Network members, DCR staff, and other groups or organizations will be held confidential within the five-member facilitator team. No information will be shared beyond the facilitator team without prior permission granted to the facilitator team by the Friends Network member, DCR staff or any other party sending communication.

What’s the difference between being a Friend and Friend of Friends?

  • All Friends members have one vote on any issue that arises
    • “Friend of Friends” don’t have voting privileges, and are not eligible to hold facilitator positions in the Friends Network
  • Friend of Friends can access information and resources on the Friends Network web site, contact the Friends Network with issues, concerns and helpful information, and receive the e-mail newsletters and alerts
  • A member may withdraw from the Friends Network at any time by requesting that their e-mail information be deleted from the Friends Network database

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Partnerships and Friends Groups Information

Friends groups are organizations dedicated to supporting specific DCR properties through volunteer work, fundraising, providing programs and events, and advocacy. More than 70 groups are working across the state to enhance our forests and parks system.