Preservation Campaigns

Cleaning the Park by Updating the Bottle Bill


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 [...]

Advocating for Park Resources

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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

Healthy Forests; Healthy People

Photo by Betsey Bond

Updated July 3, 2014

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, we keep ourselves healthy. Learn more about about how to prevent Lyme disease.

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Protecting Wetlands in Fowl Meadow from Development

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A private company has 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 are proposed on what the state calls an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern.”  We call this forested land ‘critical’ because the plants and animals of Fowl Meadow’s wetland depend on this area for food and habitat.  Plus the higher land filters the water the runs down to the wetlands and Neponset River.  When the existing forest is bulldozed to create 276 housing units and forested land is leveled to create [...]

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

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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

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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

Route 95-128 Bridge Project

Posted April 2002 ; Updated January 2010

I-95/I-93/University Avenue Interchange

Posted October, 2002 ; Updated January, 2010

Lantana Land Swap: Anatomy of a Giveaway

Updated April, 2009

Want to hike the Blue Hills, but don't know where to begin? Click here for recommendations to the best hiking near Boston. If you're interested in hiking Boston and Boston hiking, the Blue Hills Reservation offers great hikes near Boston. If you want to go hiking around Boston, be sure to check our suggested Boston hikes in the Blue Hills. The Blue Hills also offers a good place to find a South Shore MA mountain biking trail and you'll enjoy great Boston birding and birding near Boston. You'll also find a great swimming hole south of Boston at the Blue Hills Reservation and in general, great family fun South Shore.