Preservation Campaigns

Action Alert for Trailside, Observatory and all State Parks

Please take a moment TODAY to make a big difference to the Blue Hills.

This week a legislative committee is creating the state budget by comparing the two budgets created by the House and Senate.  Significant funding for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, the Blue Hill Observatory and the Department of Conservation and Recreation is included in either the House or the Senate versions – but not both!

Please call or write your legislators and ask them to write a letter to the chairs of the Joint Conference Committee in support of the following three items:

  • House […]

Action Alert: Call Your Legislator to Support Our Parks

You can help make sure that our parks – including the Blue Hills – receive the funding that they need.

Take Action

Please call your legislators and urge them to include the Department of Conservation and Recreation as one of their top budget priorities.  

To find your legislators’ contact info, click here.

Here’s what to say:

Hi, this is (name) with the Friends of the Blue Hills.   Please include the Department of Conservation and Recreation as one of your top budget priorities.  The DCR State Parks and Recreation line item is (2810-0100).  Can we count on you?


Creating a Coalition for a Better Blue Hills

Historic buildings crumbling, no lease security and inadequate funding… these are the issues that we will work to address with other Blue Hills organizations as part of the new Coalition for a Better Blue Hills.

The Friends of the Blue Hills has brought together Blue Hills organizations to form the Coalition to secure financial, political and public support for the Blue Hills Reservation.

Together with the Trailside Museum, Blue Hill Ski Area, Brookwood Farm, Blue Hill Observatory and the Friends of the Mounted Unit, we will protect our collective investment in the resources of the Blue Hills, benefit the community […]

Protecting Conservation Land from a Hotel

You probably don’t think of a hotel when you think of parkland, but that didn’t stop an individual from proposing to build a hotel on DCR conservation land near Little Blue Hill. Luckily, Friends of the Blue Hills worked with local and state officials to oppose the proposal… and the developer withdrew his proposal.  Details.

Photo credit: Antony  Lacina, Somerville

Cleaning the Park by Updating the Bottle Bill

The Friends of the Blue Hills worked with a statewide coalition to update the state bottle bill. Updating the bottle bill would have increased recycling and would have helped clean up the Blue Hills – and all our parks. Unfortunately, despite a statewide effort of environmental groups, the opposition spent over $8 million on advertisements that included misleading information.  After the deluge of incorrect incorrect information, the ballot initiative failed.

Nevertheless, we will continue to work with the community to keep our parks clean from litter.

Photo credit: Lisa Irwin, Weymouth

Advocating for Park Resources

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

Healthy Forests; Healthy People

Updated October 16, 2015

The Friends of the Blue Hills is working to help protect you and your family from a growing problem that faces our community: more and more people are getting sick with Lyme disease. Through our Healthy Forests; Healthy People campaign we are helping raise awareness in children and adults about what they can do to protect themselves from Lyme disease and how our own health is linked to the health of the forests. If we keep our forests healthy by controlling deer populations, we keep ourselves healthy. Learn more about about how to prevent Lyme […]

Protecting Wetlands in Fowl Meadow from Development

November 7, 2014

A private company proposed building 276 housing units right next to the portion of the Blue Hills called Fowl Meadow on Brush Hill Road in Milton.  The five-story buildings would have severely damaged the sensitive wetland habitat in Fowl Meadow.

We are exceedingly pleased that the developer, Milton Mews, withdraw its proposal and the property is now on the open market.  Perhaps the developer withdrew because of the blue-spotted salamanders that were found on the property. Maybe it was the area’s archeological significance. Or traffic and safety concerns. Or the historic nature of area. Or the […]

Balancing Recreational Use with Environmental Concerns: Canopy Tour in the Quarries

A canopy tour proposal has been approved by the Quincy City Council.  This approval starts a process with the City of Quincy and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to review the proposal and evaluate the environmental impacts and its affect on current users, including rock climbers.  The FBH Board voted against the proposal as presented to the Quincy City Council because it does not evaluate the environmental impacts and its affect on current users, including rock climbers.  See the Board letter explaining its position.

Blue Hills Resource Management Plan

Posted July, 2012

In 2011, Friends of the Blue Hills collaborated with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to make sure all park visitors and people who care about the park could participate in setting priorities for maintenance, repair and improvements to the Blue Hills.  The Friends of the Blue Hills HIlls organized over 100 people to attend a working group session to develop recommendations for the DCR’s Resource Management Plan.  We later worked with the DCR to incorporate these recommendations into the final Resource Management Plan, which acts as the agency’s guide outlining […]

Protecting Wetlands: Blue Hills Reservoir

In 2003 the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority began developing plans to convert the eastern half of the Blue Hills Reservoir into two 10 million gallon buried drinking water storage tanks.  The reservoir, built in the 1950’s had been inactive as a public drinking water source since 1981, but served as a protected wetlands area in the reservation along scenic Chickatawbut Road.  The 16 acre reservoir was home to at least five species of native fish, and served as a vital wetlands ecosystem in the Blue Hills Reservation.

Friends of the Blue Hills, with the help of local legislators and citizens, […]

Demonstrating to Candidates that their Constituents Care about the Blue Hills

As part of our continuing efforts to keep our members informed and our political leaders responsive, Friends of the Blue Hills held a forum for candidates running in 2010 for the position of State Senate.  About 100 Blue Hills advocates attended the forum to meet candidates, Canton Selectman Bob Burr (R) and Senator Brian A. Joyce (D) and hear how they have supported the Blue Hills and open space in our communities.

Cell Tower: Milton

Updated March, 2010

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