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First Strive for 35 Finisher: You Can Still Join the Fun!

David Gouthro of Braintree completes the Strive for 35 Challenge. Shown here with Amanda Popp of LL Bean in Dedham in front of the AMC Cabins

David Gouthro of Braintree was the first person to complete the Friends of the Blue Hills’ Strive for 35 Challenge — but he wont be the last!  If you register for the Strive for 35 Challenge you’ll automatically be entered into a raffle for a basket of FBH memorabilia, including a t-shirt, poster and hat!

If you complete the Challenge, like David, you will also be entered into a raffle for the grand prize which includes a weekend stay at the AMC Ponkapoag cabins and a $250 gift certificate to LL Bean.   David is shown above with Amanda Popp,  Department Manager of [...]

Thank you for Calling Your Reps!

Linda Young Taunton Ponkapoag Boardwalk Bog Trail

Thank you for making calls to your Representatives in support of budget amendments to support DCR, the state agency that manages the Blue Hills and all our state parks.  You’re calls paid off!

We are grateful to all the legislators who sponsored and co-sponsored these amendments, including Rep Bruce Ayers, Rep William Galvin, Rep Walter Timilty and Rep Claire Cronin.   Thanks to your calls, a number of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors to the amendment.  The approximate current number of co-sponsors are: 

  • DCR Seasonal Staff (34)
  • DCR Parks & Rec (29)
  • DEP Admin (15)
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STATE BUDGET ACTION ALERT – Contact your Rep today!

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The House Committee on Ways & Means released its budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15).   Tomorrow is the deadline for Representatives to file amendments. Later this month, the House will take the budget up for a vote, and then the Senate will go through the same process in May.

The House Ways & Means budget, unfortunately, does not provide adequate funding for environmental protection programs.

We’re part of the Mass. Environmental Collaborative, run by the Environmental League of Massachusetts, and are working in coalition to encourage legislators to support several amendments that would make sure the agency that manages [...]

Proposed Development near Fowl Meadow is Home to Rare Salamanders

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Near the proposed development adjacent to Fowl Meadow on Brush Hill Road, FHB Board member Denny Swensen joined a conservation biologist and others to look for rare species of salamanders that appear only during the beginning of spring.  This is the one time of the year that these salamanders leave the woods to return to the vernal pool where they were born.

The salamander quest was fulfilled: the group found three blue spotted salamanders near the development site.  This salamander species is considered a ‘Species of Special Concern’ by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Documenting these and other rare species that [...]

NEW: Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots

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Weekday hikes for parents and children

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am.  (For a full list of dates, see below.) The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.

You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers.  The former will be more [...]

Position available: Bi-weekly Hike Leader

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Position available Friends of the Blue Hills Bi-weekly Hike Leader

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Friends of the Blue Hills was founded in 1979 with a mission to preserve and protect the Blue Hills Reservation. Thirty-five years later, we’re still maintaining the Reservation’s 125 miles of trails, controlling invasive plants that threaten endangered species, and advocating for policies that protect the park from inappropriate development.

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The Friends of the Blue Hills is seeking two hike leaders to guide young children and their parents through the Blue Hills.  Programming is aimed at fostering a love for nature and the outdoors, particularly among children.  [...]

Great Way to Celebrate Earthday

If you shop in Milton You Could Support the Blue Hills on Earth Day!

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You can help the Blue Hills just by bringing a reusable shopping bag to get your groceries! 

In celebration of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, the Fruit Center Marketplace in Milton will donate $2 for every customer who uses a reusable grocery bag in the store that day. 

All proceeds of the promotion will go to the Friends of the Blue Hills to help maintain 125 miles of trails in the Blue Hills Reservation.  “The Fruit Center is committed to environmental causes, and we wanted to celebrate Earth Day by [...]

Repairs for Broderick Stables

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You’ll soon notice activity on Broderick Stables, located in front of the DCR Headquarters building on Hillside Street (near the police station). According to Bill Hickey, DCR Acting Press Secretary, Broderick Stables was constructed in 1899 as the first structure in the Blue Hills Reservation on this flank of Blue Hill.   The stable served as the home base for the construction fleet of the day- horses.  This Cadillac of stables was designed by the renowned firm of Stickney and Austen and exhibited the most current conveniences and high standards of design.  Four years later in 1904 the courtyard was added [...]

Trail Volunteers Gain New Skills

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Three FBH volunteers, Caleb Blankenship (Milton) and Ben Houston (Rockland) were among the FBH volunteers who attended a two day class this month to learn to safely use a chainsaw so they can better maintain the Blue Hills trails and forests.  The training was designed for volunteers who plan on cleaning up trails after major storms.  The three volunteers learned basic chainsaw maintenance skills, essential safety equipment and procedures, and proper techniques for safely using chainsaws for removing storm debris from trails.

Friends of the Blue Hills owns and maintains a chainsaw that qualified volunteers use to clear trees from trails [...]

Give Today and Your Gift Will Be Matched

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Great news! 

A generous donor has offered a match to gifts made to the ‘On the Trail Campaign’ to help us reach our $10,000 goal! 

When you give to the ‘On the Trail’ Campaign’ – not only will your gift go further, but you will help maintain the Blue Hills’ trails and forests so everyone can enjoy them.

 

 

Please donate today so your gift will go even further to purchasing the tools and equipment we need to cut branches that block the trail and build drainage structures to protect the trails from erosion.

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Support the Blue Hills with Your Purchase on Amazon

Stephanie Zahnzinger Brockton View from the Observation Tower

Do you shop at Amazon?  Then you could support the Blue Hills at the same time!

Just sign up for AmazonSmile and shop as you normally do.  Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase price.  Plus now until March 31, the Blue Hills will receive an additional $5 for each cutsomer who makes an eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com in support of FRIENDS OF THE BLUE HILLS CHARITABLE TRUST. This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price. Up to $1,000,000 extra will be donated to eligible charities as a result of this promotion.

 

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Want to hike the Blue Hills, but don't know where to begin? Click here for recommendations to the best hiking near Boston. If you're interested in hiking Boston and Boston hiking, the Blue Hills Reservation offers great hikes near Boston. If you want to go hiking around Boston, be sure to check our suggested Boston hikes in the Blue Hills. The Blue Hills also offers a good place to find a South Shore MA mountain biking trail and you'll enjoy great Boston birding and birding near Boston. You'll also find a great swimming hole south of Boston at the Blue Hills Reservation and in general, great family fun South Shore.