FBH Newsletter

Photo by Catherine Nosack (Medford)

Current Issue:Winter 2018: Winter Fest February 27, Trail Crew Building Bridges, Fowl Meadow Protected from Development, Trail Leader Caleb Blankenship Earns Award, Eliot Tower Renovation Complete, Noise Map of the Blue Hills Completed, Blue Hills A-Live Starts in January, Annual Celebration photos.

Archive – 2017

Fall 2017: Big wins for Blue Hills in state budget; Sunset Hike, Annual Celebration, New Member Hike, New member George Keefe, threat to Blue Hills averted, Facebook Live Blue Hills Guide launches in September.

Summer 2017: Eliot Tower saved from decay; critical habitat threatened in Canton; habitat improved at Ponkapoag; Dinner raffle, students learn to help prevent Lyme disease.

Spring 2017: Trail maintenance opportunities, members making a difference with legislators, sponsor a trail this spring,  Peek-a-Blue Hikes start, geology hike, Green Up the Blue Hills Mary 21, Seasons of the Blue Hills photo contest launched, Winter Fest photos.

Winter 2017: Winter Fest in February, the most trail volunteers ever, thank you Dedham Savings and TARC, petition to help make trail crossings safe, photo contest winners and Annual Celebration photos.

Archive – 2016

Fall 2016: Annual Celebration October 6, Volunteers and Weevils Put the Brakes on Mile-a- Minute Weed, Lyme Disease Prevention at Milton Public Schools, Sunset from the Top October 15, Honoring Rex and Margie Anderson, Hilltop Society Soiree, Renovating Eliot Tower.

Summer 2016: Georgia Lee’s resolution to visit every day…  Thanks to her, we’re now on Instagram! Also: Jimmy Tingle show (July 30), Green Up photos, Boots N Brews (July 16), special raffle sponsored by Cypress/ Abby Park.

Spring 2016: Volunteer for the trails this spring!  Peek a Blue kicks off, Meet a Skyline Society member, Eagles near the Blue Hills, St. Moritz Grand Re-opening, Incredible Blue Hills photo contest, Save the Date for Jimmy Tingle (July 30), Higashi School clears the trails.

Winter 2016: Winter Fest February 23, Controlling deer populations saves birds and the forest, Wiinter Walk in Quincy draws nearly 100 people, Eagle Scout project builds bridge in Fowl Meadow.

Archive – 2015 

Fall 2015: volunteer spotlight: Liz Tran, Origins of Houghton’s and Ponkapoag Ponds, upcoming Annual Celebration, Lyme disease education at Milton public schools, fishing fest photos.

Summer 2015: Members-only archeology hike is ‘epic’; Youth and school groups are great volunteers; Horseshoe throwing in the Blue Hills;  Protect the Beauty Photo Contest; Volunteer spotlight – Jessica Baumgart;  Boots and Brews; Green Up photos!

Spring 2015:  Coalition for a Better Blue Hills forms; Peek-a-Blue Hikes are back! Hotel proposed on parkland; Green Up the Blue Hills coming; Erica Quigley helps launch the Skyline Society; Winter Fest photos; members-only hike with Joe Bagley.

Winter 2015:  Winter Fest February 24th! Strive for 35… A Challenge for Even Long-time Aficionados; A Hearty Thanks to Trail Volunteers; Fowl Meadow Reprieve; Photo Contest Winners; Joe Bagley on Blue Hills Archeology; Annual Celebration Photos.

Archive – 2014

Fall 2014 35 Years Timeline; Annual Celebration October 9th! Revealed: number of deer in the Blue Hills; Milton students help fight Lyme disease; Over 100 volunteers remove invasives and help the forest; Introducing sponsor a trail; photos of the Summer Fest.

Summer 2014 Introducing Peek a Blue Hikes, Renovations at Ponkapoag Golf Course, Repairs at Broderick Stable, now you can Sponsor a Trail, check out the photos from Green Up.

April – June: Take the Strive for 35 Challenge; Evans and Meline Longacre give back to the Blue Hills; Blue Hills a part of the Tran family; Green Up June 8; Remembering Anne Parker; photos of this year’s Winter Fest.

January – March 2014: meeting Kathy McDonald; legislative efforts to protect Fowl Meadow; ski team on the Blue Hills, photos of Annual Celebration.

Archive – 2013

October – December 2013: Honoring some of the founders of FBH:  John and Maritta Cronin; Otters in the Blue Hill; Milton students teach us about Lyme disease; Summer Fest photos; and new FBH tag line!

July – September 2013: Fowl Meadow threatened; St. Moritz in the Blue Hills; Marathon Monday in the Blue Hills; a birder’s view; park user survey

April – June 2013: Meet the new volunteer trail maintenance leaders; photo contest winners; why Blue Hills is best for birding and Winter Fest photos.

January – March 2013: Hiking the Skyline; ravens in the Blue Hills;  meeting the new Board; and honoring the memory of Charlie Cox.

Archive – 2012

October – December 2012: Conservation land protected at Blue Hills’ neighbor, Seasons of the Blue Hills Photo Contest, Fall is the Season to Watch Out for Deer Collisions, Annual Celebration (Nov. 10th).

July – September 2012: Milton  Students Learn How to Protect Themselves from Lyme Disease; For Grandmother Rosalyn Krivitsky from Canton, the Blue Hills Helps Bridge the Generation Gap; How Friendly Forest Animals Can Create Unhealthy Forests; Zip Line Proposal in Quincy Quarries is Expected to be Accepted by Quincy City Council; New Life for a Historic Barn at Brookwood

April – June 2012: The increasing risk of Lyme disease to Blue Hills visitors; the Spotted Salamander, a Blue Hills critter; and exploring the Reservation on two wheels.

January – March 2012:  Board member Denny Swenson; Lyme disease prevention; proposed zip lines in Quincy Quarries; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing tips; our cold blooded friends in the forest.

Archive – 2011

October – December 2011: Hiking with Alysa Buchanan and riding horses with Diana McNamara; reducing trash through legislation; the secret of golden rod.
July – September 2011: What You See: Photos that Celebrate the Reservation, Community Effort at Eliot Tower Leads to a Healthier Forest, Our Values and Vision, Conserving the Blue Hills View, Living with Tribbles
April – June 2011: Picky bluebirds chose their homes carefully, plan for the park includes your recommendations, discover the best trail for wildflowers, volunteer highlight: Garrett Owen
January – March 2011: Opening Our Eyes to the Biodiversity of the Blue Hills, New Board Members, the Two Best Cross Country Skiing Trails in the Blue Hills, Volunteers who Make a Difference

Archive – 2010

October – December 2010: The Reservation Just Got Bigger; Annual Meeting November 13; What Invasive Plant Could Lengthen Your Life? and Two Great Views for Busy People
July – September 2010: Legislation that would protect the Blue Hills, volunteers learn to track invasive species, cell tower proposed on a conservation restriction
April – June: Asian Longhorned Beetle: Keep it out of the Blue Hills! Bird Breeding Atlas; Book review: The End of the Long Summer
January – March: Covered Water Tanks Completed – Opportunities Follow; Welcome new Board members: Hilary Blocker, Deb DaSilva and John Sheehan; Advocacy update: Resource Management Plan, EEA Budget Cuts; The Hard Truth: The Geology of the Blue Hills; Evaluating Biodiversity in the Blue Hills

Archive – 2009

October-December: Senator Joyce at FBH Community Forum; cell tower voted down, Advocacy Committee reports on Blue Hills Resource Management plan; new FBH webpage recommends hikes; and Euonymus alatus… beautiful invader
July-August: Historic Brookwood Farm Barn Dismantled, Carnivorous Plants of Ponkapoag Bog, Some Thoughts on Invasives
April-June: Indian Line Farm, Fighting Purple Loosestrife and other Invasives, Ponkapoag’s Flowering Ericads
January-March: A Road Runs Through It, Photo Contest Winners, Houghton’s Pond Trail Race

Archive – 2008

October-December: Advocacy updates, Annual Meeting info, The Power of Sphagnum
July-September: Adopt-A-Trail, Photo Contest, Meet Alexandra Echandi
April-June: Renovations at Ponkapoag Dam, Wakefield Estate, Meet Ken Jones
January-March: Adopt-a-Trail Gaining Momentum, Good News on Lantana Land Swap

Archive – 2007

October-December: Reservoir Halved; FBH Resolve Doubled, Wind Turbines Proposed
July-September: Reservoir Destruction, Fires of Spring
April-June: Jeff Dyer on Red Lining the Blue Hills, Encroachment at Ponkapoag Pond
January-March: Irina Kadis on invasive plants, Hugh Stringer on mountain biking

Archive – 2006

October-December: Blue Hills Big Dig, Indian Line Farm
July-September: Randolph votes to pave over Reservation parkland, Pete Jackson: Landscape Architect
April-June: Profile of Mike Vhay, Waiting for walking paths at Quarry Hills, Ayers introduces Reservoir bill

Archive – 2004

October-December: Executive Director Judy Jacobs, Blue Hills place names, Roger Gregg remembered
July-September: Photo Gallery – Flora and Fauna of the Blue Hills, Advocacy Update
April-June: Horses, hikers, and bikes, Interview with DCR Commissioner Kathy Abbott
January-March: Who Founded the Blue Hill Observatory?, Issues Update, Kids Corner

Archive – 2003

November-December: Robert Mussey on hunting wasps, A poem by Iris Gomez
September-October: Endangered Species Protection, Snake Watching, Maggie’s Goodbye
July-August: A trip to the Trailside Museum, Blue Hills Bioblitz photos and more!
May-June: Restoring the Neponset River, Pieces of Life
March-April: Will the MDC Survive?, Looking for Sugar, Parks not Parking Lots
January-February: Is the Blue Hills Reservation Protected?, What to do with your Christmas tree

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