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Rockin’ in the Park

Rockin’ in the Park Saturday, May 6, 1 pm- 3 pm

Join Les Tyrala, a registered geologist, on this co-sponsored DCR and the Friends of the Blue Hills geology walk, as we explore the volcanic bedrock and glacial features of the Blue Hills.  Learn the secrets of geological processes on this moderately strenuous hike over rocky terrain.

Sturdy footwear is required and the ability to climb rugged, narrow trails. 2 hours. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us with contact name and email, number of attendees and ages. For ages 12 and up.

 

Give the Gift that Matters

Which Would You Prefer?

 

Click here to Give the Blue Hills. Sponsor a Trail in honor of your friends and family.

 

Sponsor a TrailIn the donation form select “Sponsor a Trail” from the drop-down menu labeled “Please direct my donation to”.

Sponsor a Trail and support the Blue Hills! For $35 or more, you or the person you wish to honor can be the official sponsor of a Blue Hills Trail! As a sponsor, your donation will support the trails and forests – and you or your honoree will receive an official […]

Update: Bad Budget News for the Blue Hills – and Environmental Agencies

This week the Governor cut $98 million from the budget in what is called 9C cuts.

The cuts included $500,000 to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and $100,000 to the Blue Hill Observatory… as well as cuts of $9 million for all environmental agencies.

That means that nearly 10% of the cuts were to environmental agencies that protect our water, forests, air – and parks!

Here’s a Globe article on the cuts.  On Twitter, look for #FY17EnviroCuts.

Below is a statement from our partners at the Environmental League of Massachusetts, George Bachrach, President & […]

Help Protect Skyline Trail Hikers

Please sign our petition if you care about making the Blue Hills safe and the trails accessible for everyone who wants to hike the Skyline Trail.

Anyone who has tried to follow the Skyline Trail across Routes 28 and 138 knows how dangerous it is to cross these highways. People who are new to the trail or have impaired mobility are even more at risk in these intersections.

Sign the Petition

Possible solutions include rerouting the trails or installing traffic calming measures.

If you care about making the Blue Hills safe and the trails accessible, please use the link […]

Maintain the Trails this Saturday AND (OR) Sunday!

You can maintain the trails both Saturday AND Sunday this weekend! Join FBH on Saturday at 9 at Houghton’s — or NEMBA on Sunday! Let your schedule — or taste buds choose!  (Pizza on Saturday and BBQ on Sunday!  Two great options!)

Friends of the Blue Hills Trail Maintenance Event Saturday, Nov 5th,  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to help clear the trails!  We will show you how to dig the dirt and move rocks to keep the water off the trails.  You could also cut branches that block the paths.  No experience […]

Resource Management Plan – Public Meeting Nov 10

Public Meeting Draft Resource Management Plan for the Blue Hills Complex Thursday, November 10, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sharon Public Library, 11 North Main Street, Sharon, MA

 

The Department of Conservation and Recreation has updated the Resource Management Plan for the Blue Hills Reservation and will hold a public meeting to discuss the draft plan for the Blue Hills – and a number of other parks.

You can read the draft Resource Management Plans by visiting DCR’s website and looking at the right-hand side column for the reports.  The parks that will be discussed […]

#OptOutside Hikes for Black Friday

The Friends of the Blue Hills has joined up with REI’s #OptOutside campaign and the DCR’s Go Green on Black Friday Hike series to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors the day after Thanksgiving.  Rather than spend the day indoors shopping on Black Friday, November 25th, you can choose from two hikes in the Blue Hills!  One hike for people 16 years and older will be led by a DCR ranger, and the other is a self-guided hike that’s great for families.

 

 

DCR Ranger-led Hike Friday, November 25, 10:00 am Meet at the Trailside Museum, north parking lot […]

State Officials Approve 2016 Deer Management Plan for Blue Hills State Reservation

The following is a press release from the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

State Officials Approve 2016 Deer Management Plan for Blue Hills State Reservation

BOSTON – Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Today, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), in consultation with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP), and the Massachusetts State Police, has approved the 2016 Deer Management Plan for the Blue Hills State Reservation. The 2016 deer hunt, which will take place over the course of four days, is a continuation of a multi-year management plan that was first implemented in […]

In Memory of a Lover of the Blue Hills

We are honored that the family of David Dorsheimer has chosen the Friends of the Blue Hills as a charity worthy of accepting donations in his memory.  Here is a little about his life.

David A. Dorsheimer, a lifelong Dedham resident, passed away October 4, 2016 at home surrounded by his family after a 15 month courageous battle with esophageal cancer.  He was the cherished son of Florence Evelyn (Gramer) Dorsheimer of Dedham and the late John Daniel Dorsheimer, Jr. Beloved brother of Rita of Dedham, Jack and his wife Mary of Millis, Diane Haase-Leiden and her husband Steve of […]

Thank You Conleth and TARC!

Many thanks to TARC (Trail Animals Running Club) for their generous gift to support the Friends of the Blue Hills trail work!  Members of TARC help maintain the trails with their donation… giving back to the park where they run!

Photo of Conleth Berry, Race Director for the TARC Skyline Trail Race, presenting a check, on behalf of TARC, to Bob Flagg, a trail leader with the Friends of the Blue Hills.  Friends of the Blue Hills volunteers from the September 10th trail event look on.

Eagle Updates… Have you seen them?

Not Many Recent Eagle Sightings… and No Nests Yet

By Lawrence Meyer

Beginning in October 2014, the conspicuous presence of two mature bald eagles that could be seen almost daily perched in trees along the Neponset River from the parking lot at Milton Landing sparked curiosity that the pair could be nesting nearby. And that would be neat because bald eagles have likely not nested in greater Boston in over a hundred years.

Since mid-April of 2016, the question has been not, “are they nesting?” but now “where did they go?”

That’s because after about 20 months of consistent habitation […]

Funding Restored for Blue Hills Trailside and Blue Hill Observatory

Thanks to the advocacy of many of our members and friends, the legislature has reversed the Governor’s veto, restoring $500,000 in operating funds for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and $100,000 for the Blue Hill Observatory.

With adequate funding, these organizations will introduce thousands of people to the Blue Hills and its natural treasures. This is a great opportunity to thank your legislators for taking action!  You can look up your legislator here. A big thank you to everyone who responded to the action alerts and helped to protect and preserve the Blue Hills’ historic and educational landmarks!

Last Year Raffle Winners – Rave Reviews for The Plate

Last year’s raffle winner, Si Briseno, enjoyed a picnic lunch with friends at Ponkapoag Pond.  Lunch was provided courtesy of The Plate in Milton, and by all accounts was delicious!

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