Welcome New DCR Commissioner

The following is from a DCR press release.

Leo Roy Named Commissioner of Department of Conservation and Recreation

BOSTON – December 9, 2015 – Today, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton announced that Leo Roy will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

“Leo brings a substantial amount of experience, dedication and knowledge to the Department of Conservation and Recreation,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “His qualifications and skill set will ensure that the public will continue to benefit and enjoy additional recreational opportunities, while simultaneously laying the groundwork to conserve and preserve the […]

Petition to Support Trailside Museum and Observatory

Braintree Jayne Hammel May I Have Some Lunch, Please

Petition to Support Trailside Museum and Blue Hill Observatory

The Blue Hills Trailside Museum and the Blue Hill Observatory serve tens of thousands of people each year, sparking their interest in science and the wonder of nature and the Blue Hills. These institutions, in addition to the 125 miles of trails and many other recreational opportunities, make the Blue Hills a beloved destination for all of us in Massachusetts – as well as for visitors around the world.

This year, the state budget includes $100,000 to operate the Blue Hill Observatory and $500,000 to support the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. […]

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a very happy holiday season!



Friends of the Blue Hills Board and Staff

Saving Baby Birds: Controlling Deer Populations

Jean Lewis Canton I have arrived!

If we do nothing, baby birds will die.

That’s how a scientist with National Audubon recently explained the troubling problem of too many deer and the related problem of too many invasive plants.

While it is painful to allow hunting of any sort in the Blue Hills, we know that the current growing numbers of deer are eating all the native species that they can reach – which destroys the bushes and grasses where insects, birds and rodents eat and live.

As native plants disappear, Douglas W. Tallamy, entomologist at the University of Delaware explains, so do native insects. With […]

Community Meeting on Airplane Noise

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Congressman Lynch Hosts Public Forum on Airplane Noise Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:00 pm Milton High School Auditorium, 25 Gile Road

Congressman Stephen F. Lynch will host a public forum to address growing complaints about the frequency and increased levels of airplane noise and associated health impacts in Milton and surrounding communities.

Q & A opportunities during the meeting.

For more information, contact



Photo credit: Catherine Nosack (Medford) “Peace at the Blue Hills Reservation”

Eagle Project Seeks Funds for Bog Bridge in Fowl Meadow


My name is Sal Spada, and I am an Eagle Scout Candidate in Troop 1 Dedham. As a Boy Scout, I have been hiking in the Blue Hills area for well over a decade, primarily from the Trailside Museum to the Quarries. However, on a Friends of the Blue Hills trail maintenance day, I was brought into contact with many people with a vested interest in maintaining accessibility to all of the trails in the Blue Hills area. Caleb Blankenship introduced me to the Fowl Meadow area, where he showed me different areas in need of maintenance. As I was […]

Winter Walk in the Woods

Steve Gilligan Milton Solstice Silence

Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m.-noon Blue Hills Reservation – St. Moritz Trail Park at Shea Rink, 651 Willard Street, Quincy

Join us for a free kids walk to explore the Blue Hills! Hot cocoa and a simple scavenger hunt will be provided. Come experience the beauty of the forest as winter approaches! For more information, please email




Sponsored by:

Friends of the Blue Hills Department of Conservation and Recreation Quincy Department of Planning & Community

Winner of the Raffle!

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Congratulations to Sam Briseno of New Paltz, NY for winning the raffle for six for a mouth-watering picnic in the Blue Hills, catered by the award-winning restaurant The Plate in Milton!

As part of the raffle, Sam also received an outdoor entertaining tableware for six donated by Williams-Sonoma at Legacy Place!

Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets to support Friends of the Blue Hills.  And many thanks to The Plate and Williams-Sonoma at Legacy Place!

Line Dance Fundraiser for Mass Park Rangers Mounted Unit

DCR Approves Deer Management Plan for Blue Hills State Reservation

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Controlled Hunt Authorized to Manage Deer Overpopulation

Boston –Wednesday, October 14, 2015- Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Carol Sanchez, with the guidance of Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner George Peterson, approved a final deer management plan  for the Blue Hills State Reservation. The plan allows for a controlled deer hunt on November 30, 2015, December 1, 2015, December 7, 2015, and December 8, 2015. The deer population within the state reservation has reached heightened levels that are compromising the long-term health of the […]

Honorable Mention Photos

There were so many amazing photos submitted to the ‘Protect the Beauty’ Photo Contest!  Congratulations to the winners of the Honorable Mentions, listed below (in no particular order).  See the prize winners here.







Winning Photos Announced!

Autumn at the Pond by Brian MacLean

At the Annual Celebration, we awarded the two prizes of $250 LLBean gift certificates for the ‘Protect the Beauty’ Photo Contest!

The winners are… Brian McLean of Milton won the popular vote and Rick Fletcher of Randolph was picked by the judges!  Check out the Honorable Mentions here.

Enjoy Brian’s photo “Autumn at the Pond” to the left and Rick’s photo below.  Congratulations to both Rick and Brian!

And many thanks to the contest sponsors…  LLBean and Dedham Savings.




 Photo by Rick Fletcher “The Blue Heron of Ponkapoag”

Three DCR Public Meetings on Deer Management Proposal

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The following is a press release from the Department of Conservation and Recreation about a series of public hearings on deer management in the Blue Hills.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation

Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game

State Senator Brian A. Joyce

State Senator John F. Keenan

State Representative Bruce J. Ayers

State Representative Mark J. Cusack

State Representative William C. Galvin

State Representative Walter F. Timilty

  PUBLIC MEETING  Blue Hills State Reservation Deer Management Plan 

Thursday, September […]

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