Dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells;  promoting awareness, policies and programs to honor and preserve the ecological, historical and recreational resources of this urban forest reservation.

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 Bear Hill Habitats  

The Middlesex Fells Reservation has a great diversity of topography, geology, wildlife and plants, and Bear Hill is one of the best places to learn about them.  Read more>   
MIDDLESEX FELLS 

                            DCR Park Watch: 
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                               protect the Fells
                               Reservation!!

Reporting problems encountered in the Fells is the first step. Call the 1-866-PK-WATCH (866-759-2824) 24 hour number to report vandalism, ground fires, dogs off leash, vandalism, dumping, motorized vehicles on trails and other problems. More Park Watch information here>
Calendar of Fells Spring Hikes & Events click here
Click on any event on the Calendar for time, place and event details.  Includes Babes in the Woods listings.
     >> To view Fells Reservation TRAIL MAP click here
The Fells 
Forever the People’s Forest Park  

Welcome to the website of the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Our mission is to protect and preserve the natural, historic and recreational resources of the 3,400 acre Fells through public outreach and support. Our Board of Directors is committed to preservation and appreciation of the Fells. Contact usfriends@fells.org 
781/662-2340. It's easy to become a member. Would you like to volunteer to help the Fells Reservation? Fill out  this form and we will get back to you soon!




Friends of Fells Chairman Dr. Bryan Hamlin featured on a video discussing extensive biodiversity found in the Fells Reservation. To view click here.





Your tax deductible support for the Friends of the Fells will go a long way towards programs for appreciation and protection of the Fells Reservation!   Thank You!
Looking forward to Spring in the Fells! Photo Mike Ryan
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The Friends helps introduce groups of young people to discover nature in the Fells.  For our expanded video report click here.
Fells Mountain Bike speed racing threatens visitors and nature
Mountain bike riders are using Fells trails as a destination for competitive speed racing.  
Posting GPS verified speeds of 10 to 20 miles per hour on national strava.com ‘Leaderboards’ Fells mountain bike riders compete for fastest times.  
   This bike speed racing is expanding on Fells trails following completion of the DCR ‘Resource Management Plan.’ 
   With no DCR monitoring or enforcement, Fells 
visitors — including families — on Fells trails are increasingly confronted by bike use that threatens public safety and impacts  natural resources. 

      To view Fells racing video click here

We are asking your help to build a campaign to Stop Bike Racing in the Fells.  You can make a difference!                     Continued here

Reprints of the published Fells plant survey are now available from the Friends. ​This 80 page booklet describes the ecological diversity of the Fells with a detailed description of the thirty habitat types and over one thousand plant species reported in the Fells since the reservation was created in 1894.  Continued
A Boston Globe front page story highlights important findings of nine-year Fells plant survey, as reported in Rhodora (see following story).  To read Globe article click here 
See Arnoldia vol. 70, no. 3 for a historical and botanical review of the Fells written by Walter Kittredge entitled: The Middlesex Fells, a Flourishing Urban Forest. You can access it here.
Friends of Stoneham can use your help!
We have been asked to pass the word along that a new community group, the Friends of Stoneham, has formed in order to safeguard the quality of life in Stoneham and neighboring communities. At issue is the recent sale of Weiss Farm on Franklin Street to a developer whose plans to construct hundreds of housing units would lead to major traffic congestion and water runoff problems. For more informaion please visit  friendsofstoneham.org 
Fells Spring Newsletter click here 

Environmental Secretary rules against completion of Langwood Commons Environmental Review

In a terse Advisory Opinion issued December 30, 2013, the Director of the MEPA Office has endorsed the current claim by the developers of the Langwood Commons project that their redevelopment project inside the Middlesex Fells Reservation is no longer subject to MEPA jurisdiction for environmental impact review.  

The developers filed their request to end environmental review after the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) terminated the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the developers had been required to sign in 2009 by DCR and the Secretary of Environmental Affairs when the developers claimed then that their project was not subject to MEPA jurisdiction. 

The MOU agreement obligated the developers to pay $1.8 million to DCR to modify Fells parkways because of safety and other impacts from the additional 4,500 traffic trips to be created by the project. At that time, DCR and the Secretary declared that the redevelopment project could not proceed without completing MEPA review unless the developers agreed to mitigate development traffic impacts.  

The termination of the MOU by DCR and this new Advisory Opinion from the Secretary represent a complete reversal and abandonment of their long held regulatory positions, which cited requirements to address unacceptable public safety risks due to traffic increases from the proposed project.  
The termination of the MOU and issuance of this Advisory Opinion are only the latest twists in the dealings among the developers, DCR and the Secretary that are being challenged as a violation of MEPA’s prohibition against project “segmentation” in a Superior Court lawsuit that the Friends of the Fells, ten citizens, and the City of Medford filed in 2009. 

 The case is scheduled to be heard by Superior Court later this year.  
Friends of the Fells Endowment Fund

We are pleased to announce that thanks to the generosity of Friends board member Bob Weggel a permanent endowment fund to benefit the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation has been established.

Donations and bequests to the R.J. Weggel Fund for the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation will generate a growing source of income into the future to help sustain Friends of the Fells educational and stewardship programs serving the Fells for the benefit of all who visit the reservation.

The Fund is managed by the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), which currently administers approximately eighty million dollars in charitable funds on behalf of donors.

Bob expresses the purpose of the fund this way, “I would like this fund to serve as a legacy for the long term protection of the beauty and biodiversity of the Fells reservation, and hope that many others will join me in supporting this goal, now and in the years to come.”

Tax-deductible contributions to the R.J. Weggel Fund can be made by clicking this link which will bring you to the donation page. Halfway down the page, you will be able to scroll until you see the R.J. Weggel Fund. 

If you have questions or for more information, please contact either the Friends of the Fells (781-662-2340) or ECCF (978-777-8876).