Friends of the Blue Hills http://friendsofthebluehills.org Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:10:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 35th Year Celebration Testimony http://friendsofthebluehills.org/love-blue-hills/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/love-blue-hills/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:10:25 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6681 I have lived in Jamaica Plain for 7 years, and I would not have survived city living if it wasn’t for the Blue Hills.  I run on the trails as much as possible, and I remember, when my father was sick and dying, I would go there for solace and peace.  Thank you, thank you for all that you do to make the Blue Hills a beautiful and amazing place!

Jesse Robinson

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I have lived in Jamaica Plain for 7 years, and I would not have survived city living if it wasn’t for the Blue Hills.  I run on the trails as much as possible, and I remember, when my father was sick and dying, I would go there for solace and peace.  Thank you, thank you for all that you do to make the Blue Hills a beautiful and amazing place!

Jesse Robinson

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Join us for the 35th Year Celebration Parade at the Cool Summer Fest http://friendsofthebluehills.org/parade-blue-hills/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/parade-blue-hills/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:19:17 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6656 Join us for the 35th celebration parade at the Cool Summer Fest  with the Kickin Brass Band!  Bring your family and friends and come early to make your own instruments and decorations and at noon we’ll parade around Houghton’s Pond!

The Cool Summer Fest at Houghton’s Pond runs from 10am to 3pm. You’ll can learn to fish, play water games, make crafts, see live wild animals and even get your face painted.

More on the Cool Summer Fest and schedule of events.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Blue Hills Bank, Doctors Express, Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Thomas [...]]]> Join us for the 35th celebration parade at the Cool Summer Fest  with the Kickin Brass Band!  Bring your family and friends and come early to make your own instruments and decorations and at noon we’ll parade around Houghton’s Pond!

The Cool Summer Fest at Houghton’s Pond runs from 10am to 3pm. You’ll can learn to fish, play water games, make crafts, see live wild animals and even get your face painted.

More on the Cool Summer Fest and schedule of events.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Blue Hills Bank, Doctors Express, Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Thomas M. Menino YMCA-Hyde Park.

KickinBrassPronk

 

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Join us for a Hot Time at Cool Summer Fest! http://friendsofthebluehills.org/summer-activity-blue-hills/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/summer-activity-blue-hills/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:58:20 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6504 Enjoy live music, crafts, water games, fishing and more – July 26th at Houghton’s Pond

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Enjoy live music, crafts, water games, fishing and more – July 26th at Houghton’s Pond

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Believe it or not.. we’ll have faeries at the Summer Fest July 26 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/children-summer-activities/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/children-summer-activities/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:26:40 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6614 Say hello to Autumn the Faerie at the Cool Summer Fest on July 26th at Houghton’s Pond!  Feel free to bring the Harry Potters, Superheros and Princesses in your own family to join the fun!  Throughout the day everyone will enjoy water games, fishing, face painting, live animals – and more!  You can even participate in the parade at noon around the pond with the Kickin’ Brass Band.

More details on this fun children’s summer activity.

For a Cool Summer Fest schedule.

 

The Cool Summer Fest is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors:

Say hello to Autumn the Faerie at the Cool Summer Fest on July 26th at Houghton’s Pond!  Feel free to bring the Harry Potters, Superheros and Princesses in your own family to join the fun!  Throughout the day everyone will enjoy water games, fishing, face painting, live animals – and more!  You can even participate in the parade at noon around the pond with the Kickin’ Brass Band.

More details on this fun children’s summer activity.

For a Cool Summer Fest schedule.

 

The Cool Summer Fest is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors:

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Cleaning the Park by Updating the Bottle Bill http://friendsofthebluehills.org/ma-bottle-bill/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/ma-bottle-bill/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:29:43 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6610 The Friends of the Blue Hills is working with a statewide coalition to update the state bottle bill. Updating the bottle bill would increase recycling and help clean up the Blue Hills – and all our parks. The current return bottle law has been successful for those containers that it covers. Eighty percent of the bottles and cans covered under the current bottle bill are recycled. But since the bill passed in 1982 we’ve started to use many new kinds of bottles that are not covered under the law, like water and sports bottles. Only 20 percent of these new [...]]]> The Friends of the Blue Hills is working with a statewide coalition to update the state bottle bill. Updating the bottle bill would increase recycling and help clean up the Blue Hills – and all our parks. The current return bottle law has been successful for those containers that it covers. Eighty percent of the bottles and cans covered under the current bottle bill are recycled. But since the bill passed in 1982 we’ve started to use many new kinds of bottles that are not covered under the law, like water and sports bottles. Only 20 percent of these new containers end up recycled.

That means we see a lot of water bottles and sports drinks littering the Blue Hills parking lots and trails, but very few of the bottles that can be redeemed. We are working to update the bill to include water and sports drink bottles by helping to pass a ballot initiative this fall.

Click for an update on our work to update the bottle bill.

Photo credit: Lisa Irwin, Weymouth

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Advocating for Park Resources http://friendsofthebluehills.org/state-budget/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/state-budget/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:24:45 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6600 The Friends of the Blue Hills is part of a statewide coalition of environmental groups called the Environmental Collaborative.  As part of this coalition, we advocate for statewide policies that help the Blue Hills, such as increased funding for environmental agencies.  We are particularly interested in making sure the agency that manages the Blue Hills (the Department of Conservation and Recreation) has adequate funding.

Here’s an update on the 2014 budget.

 

Photo credit: Alison Fox, Canton

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The Friends of the Blue Hills is part of a statewide coalition of environmental groups called the Environmental Collaborative.  As part of this coalition, we advocate for statewide policies that help the Blue Hills, such as increased funding for environmental agencies.  We are particularly interested in making sure the agency that manages the Blue Hills (the Department of Conservation and Recreation) has adequate funding.

Here’s an update on the 2014 budget.

 

Photo credit: Alison Fox, Canton

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How Many Deer are there in the Blue Hills? http://friendsofthebluehills.org/deer-population/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/deer-population/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:46:47 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6586 The deer population in the Blue Hills is ten times the desired levels for this region, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife

Last month, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife released the results of the first site-specific study of deer population in the Blue Hills.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife deer density goal for the Blue Hills is 6 – 8 deer per square mile. The DFW’s conservative estimate of deer density in the Blue Hills Reservation is 85 deer per square mile.

The estimated deer population is about 10 [...]]]> The deer population in the Blue Hills is ten times the desired levels for this region, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife

Last month, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife released the results of the first site-specific study of deer population in the Blue Hills.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife deer density goal for the Blue Hills is 6 – 8 deer per square mile. The DFW’s conservative estimate of deer density in the Blue Hills Reservation is 85 deer per square mile.

The estimated deer population is about 10 times the goal for this region. Such high numbers of deer overgraze the understory (shrubs and small trees), damaging the habitat for other species like songbirds who nest in forest shrubs and low tree branches.

To better understand the affect of deer populations on the forest, the DCR will study the vegetation in the Blue Hills, ideally comparing existing conditions to species reports that taken before the increase in deer populations. The DCR also has installed several ‘exclosures’, or fenced areas that prevent the deer from grazing. The fences are intended to allow the forest to recover from overgrazing.  By comparing the plants that grow inside and outside of the exclosure, researchers will be better able to identify species that have been suppressed by overgrazing.

Read the DCR report on deer populations in the Blue Hills.

Photo: DCR Commissioner Jack Murray at June presentation on deer populations study.

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Go Out and Play: Check Every day! http://friendsofthebluehills.org/milton-schools/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/milton-schools/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:41:57 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6583 Over 300 fourth grade ‘Future Problem Solvers’ from Milton public schools helped their community reduce Lyme disease this spring. Friends of the Blue Hills teamed up with Milton Public Health Director Carolyn Kinsella to introduce students to the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and how the increase in Lyme disease has been linked to the declining health of our forests. Students then shared what they learned by designing posters to help educate the community.

Above poster by Madeleine Miller: below by Caroline Cannata.

 

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Over 300 fourth grade ‘Future Problem Solvers’ from Milton public schools helped their community reduce Lyme disease this spring. Friends of the Blue Hills teamed up with Milton Public Health Director Carolyn Kinsella to introduce students to the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and how the increase in Lyme disease has been linked to the declining health of our forests. Students then shared what they learned by designing posters to help educate the community.

Above poster by Madeleine Miller: below by Caroline Cannata.

1Caroline Cannata from Mme Horn's class

 

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Join the Parade July 26th! http://friendsofthebluehills.org/summer-activities-south-of-boston/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/summer-activities-south-of-boston/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:12:19 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6580 Bring your friends and family to this year’s Cool Summer Fest – and stamp your feet to the rhythms of The Kickin Brass Band! Come early to make your own instruments and costumes and at noon we’ll parade around Houghton’s Pond!

The Cool Summer Fest at Houghton’s Pond runs from 10am to 3pm. You’ll can learn to fish, play water games, make crafts, see live wild animals and birds and even get your face painted.

More on the Cool Summer Fest and schedule of events.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Blue Hills Bank, Doctors Express, Mass Division of Fisheries [...]]]> Bring your friends and family to this year’s Cool Summer Fest – and stamp your feet to the rhythms of The Kickin Brass Band! Come early to make your own instruments and costumes and at noon we’ll parade around Houghton’s Pond!

The Cool Summer Fest at Houghton’s Pond runs from 10am to 3pm. You’ll can learn to fish, play water games, make crafts, see live wild animals and birds and even get your face painted.

More on the Cool Summer Fest and schedule of events.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Blue Hills Bank, Doctors Express, Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Thomas M. Menino YMCA-Hyde Park.

KickinBrassPronk

 

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Budget Includes Increase for Environmental Programs http://friendsofthebluehills.org/dcr-budget/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/dcr-budget/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:58:26 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6576 The Friends of the Blue Hills is part of a statewide coalition of environmental groups called the Environmental Collaborative, facilitated by the Environmental League of Massachusetts.  As part of this coalition, we advocate for statewide policies that help the Blue Hills, such as increased funding for environmental agencies.  We are particularly interested in making sure the agency that manages the Blue Hills (the Department of Conservation and Recreation) has adequate funding.

While there was an overall increase for environmental programs, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is still funded below the level it was funded before the recession in FY2009.

The Friends of the Blue Hills is part of a statewide coalition of environmental groups called the Environmental Collaborative, facilitated by the Environmental League of Massachusetts.  As part of this coalition, we advocate for statewide policies that help the Blue Hills, such as increased funding for environmental agencies.  We are particularly interested in making sure the agency that manages the Blue Hills (the Department of Conservation and Recreation) has adequate funding.

While there was an overall increase for environmental programs, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is still funded below the level it was funded before the recession in FY2009.

We’ve included an excerpt from the Coalition’s report below.  (See here for the full report.)

This week the Conference Committee appointed to generate a consensus budget between the House and Senate versions of the budget released its report, a $36.5B state budget.  The House and Senate both approved the budget, which now heads to the Governor’s desk.

The budget provides $219.9M for environmental programs (a $16.1M increase over the FY14 funding level of $203.7M). This 7% increase for environmental programs over last year’s budget is largely a maintenance budget that will enable programs to continue.  Massachusetts is still falling short of our goal of 1% for the environment.  The FY15 budget allocates just 0.6% of the state budget for environmental programs - status quo with FY13 and FY14.

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