Promoting awareness, policies and programs to preserve
and enhance the ecological, historical and recreational
landscape of the Middlesex Fells forest Reservation.
HIKES and EVENTS CALENDAR
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>
DCR Park Watch:
You can help
protect the Fells
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 Winter 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
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 us: firstname.lastname@example.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!
Winter invites fun Fells hikes! Photo Mike Ryan
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
Planning to Support the Friends
For ideas on how you can help support the programs of the Friends of the Fells click here Boston Globe February 20 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 The current issue of Arnoldia, the magazine of the Arnold Arboretum, features an article by Walter Kittredge entitled The Middlesex Fells, a Flourishing Urban Forest. This historical, botanical review of the Fells includes a map and photos; you can access it here.
Tour of MWRA Covered Reservoir Project shows inner workings!
We would like to thank Massachusetts Water Resources Authority's executive director Fred Laskey and his staff for the November 2 guided tour of the Spot Pond Water Storage covered reservoir project under way at the rear of the former hospital site on Woodland Road.
Shown here are images of the completed portion of the tank and interior views of work in progress. For more photos click 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
Students Hike the Rock Circuit Trail
On Saturday, November 9th ten high school students and two teachers from the Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Cambridge enjoyed a spirited walk along most of the Rock Circuit Trail. Physics teacher Michael Lavelle had asked the Friends how best to introduce the school’s Outdoor Club to their first experience in the Fells Reservation. On Saturday the group walked from Oak Grove T stop to the trail head at the end of Goodyear Avenue where they met their guides for the day, executive director Mike Ryan and the Friends Youth Activities Director, Sarah Maisonneuve. Gaining elevation quickly from the rock steps at the base of the Cascade the students enjoyed panoramic skyline views. The picturesque Fells Reservoirs setting provided the perfect spot for lunch. At the end of the 3½-hour hike the participants had gained a first hand appreciation for the rugged beauty of the Fells.
Fells Winter Newsletter and Events Calendar click here.