News and Upcoming Events
The Spring FUSF Newsletter is now available.
Joan Shanahan, past president of the Friends of Upton State Forest, passed away on Sunday, April 2. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. in the United Parish Church, 1 Church St., Upton. Obituary.
Hike Safe at Upton State Forest
April 8, (Rain April 15)
Register 10 AM, 10:30 Safety discussion with Park Supervisor, Jody Madden, followed by a group hike.
The Board has discussed holding weekday group hikes as a way for people who prefer not to hike alone to join us. There will be a couple of FUSF members and a DCR staff person, when available, to hike with us. If you are interested or want to know of date or other changes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “group hike-Suzanne” in the subject line. We will put you on the list to be notified when we do the hikes. The amount of interest will determine how often we do them. These are not themed hikes, but rather an opportunity for folks to walk together on various trails. Participants will have to sign a liability waiver. Please dress for the trails and the weather. We suggest sunscreen and water. Please leave pets at home as some participants are fearful.
Park Serve Day at Upton State Forest
Saturday, April 29, 9AM-Noon
Registration and coffee 8:30-9:00
Meet at the Headquarters Building near the intersection of Westborough Rd and Southborough Rd (GPS address is 205 Westboro Rd)
This is your chance to give back to the park! Many hands make light work so we invite you to join Friends of Upton State Forest (FUSF) and the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for our annual clean up. Bring hand tools such as shovels, rakes, and loppers. Dress for the weather with appropriate work shoes and gloves. We also suggest sunscreen and insect repellant. Water will be provided. No power tools. The public is welcome. A liability waiver is required. Children under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Youth groups should contact us in advance so that we can send advance copies of the liability waiver to be filled out by parents. At noon we will provide a pizza lunch for all volunteers that worked. Although not necessary, it would be helpful to have you contact us to let us know if you plan on coming. Contact DCR at 508-278-7604 or via email to Blackstone.Heritage@state.ma.us.
Potluck Supper May 19
United Parish Church Vestry
1 Church St, Upton
Supper at 6:00 PM, program at 7:00.
Bring a main dish or dessert to share. RSVP to Bill, 508-529-6369 or email email@example.com by May 18. Tell us if you are bringing a main dish or dessert and how many will attend. More info about the program will be on our website and sent to members. The public is welcome to join us for supper or to come for the program (to be announced) at 7:00.
Thirty Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England
June 2, 7:00 PM
At Upton VFW, 15 Milford St, Upton
Join us for a presentation by author, Stephen Long as he discusses his book about the Hurricane of 1938. He will talk about the hurricane and its impact on our landscape and forests. We are partnering with the Upton Historical Society to bring you this free program, funded in part by the Upton Local Cultural Council. See this link for more information about the book.
Parternship Projects Fundraiser
Friends of Upton State Forest (FUSF) have partnered with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for six partnership projects funded through their Partnership Matching Funds program. All of our projects have been eligible for a two to one match, leveraging our funds. In anticipation of future partnership opportunities, FUSF is asking for your help. We need to replenish the funds we use toward these projects. Any donation that you can make toward this effort is greatly appreciated. Click here for more information and thank you for your past and future support. Donation form
Chris Scott was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network. Congratulations Chris and thanks for all you do for FUSF!
National CCC Newsletter
FUSF made the news! We were asked by the CCC Legacy Journal Editor if they could reprint an article from our quarterly newsletter. The Journal is a national publication sent to CCC alum, their families, authors, and others interested in the CCC.
If anyone is interested in meeting folks from throughout the country connected with the CCC organization they are holding their annual meeting in Connecticut this year. You can go for all or part of the conference. They are a very active group working to preserve the CCC Legacy throughout the US, and they welcome new members.
National Registry of Historic Places
Friends of Upton State Forest are excited and proud to report that official notice has been received by the Town of Upton and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) that the Upton State Forest Civilian Conservation Corps Resources Historic District has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places effective October 8, 2014. This is the culmination of several years of work and advocacy. We want to thank the Town of Upton, members of the DCR Staff who assisted with field work and expertise, and Shary Berg the consultant who wrote the nomination. Most of all we want to thank our members for their support of our efforts.
More information about the National Register can be found at this link. http://www.nps.gov/nr/
Click here for a larger version of the certificate.
203 Pnd Street Project
Click here to learn about efforts to preserve this critical link between Upton State Forest and Whitehall State Park.
Pictures from the May Thorson Peppercorn Hill Hike are posted here.
New on the FUSF website: Natural history observations throughout the year by Upton resdident and naturalist Tom Dodd.
Please renew your membership for 2014.
Click here for a membership renewal/application form.
Upton CC Camp Recommended for Inclusion in National Registry of Historic Places
See Telegram and Gazette article for more information.
STATE OFFICIALS CONFIRM EMERALD ASH BORER DETECTED IN ESSEX COUNTY- From Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Blog
On December 9,the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) announced that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been detected and confirmed to be in North Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts. On August 31, 2012, EAB was detected in Berkshire County in the Town of Dalton. Since the insect does not travel far on its own, moving firewood or ash trees across the state is likely the cause of the new infestation. To date, 22 states across the country have confirmed detections of EAB.
Residents are urged to take the time to learn the signs of EAB damage and be sure to report any sightings.
- Look for tiny, D-shaped exit holes in the bark of ash trees, dieback in the upper third of the tree canopy, and sprouting of branches just below this dead area.
- In the winter months, look for signs of EAB infestation left by woodpecker activity on ash trees. Fresh, light-colored wood pecks stand out against the darker bark of the tree. Severe woodpecker activity at the base of the canopy or on the main stems may indicate possible EAB infestation and should be reported to state forest health personnel immediately.
- The Emerald Ash Borer is an emerald-green metallic beetle, so small that seven of them could fit on the head of a penny. Don't worry about look-alikes - if you think you see signs of EAB, report it!
DCR and APHIS will be scheduling listening sessions in Essex County in January to provide the community with information relative to the finding and address questions. Click here to report suspicious tree damage or insect sightings, or to learn more about this pest. You can also call the toll free EAB hotline at 1-866-322-4512. Read more here.
USDA RELEASING STINGLESS WASPS TO COMBAT EMERALD ASH BORER
Stingless wasps are a natural enemy of the EAB. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with the Forest Service and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to raise and harvest these stingless wasps for monitored releases in selected EAB infested locations. Specifically, they are using three parasitoid species of wasps from China called Spathius agrili, Tetrastichus planipennisi and Oobius agrili.
The wasps target EAB eggs and larvae and use them as hosts to support their own species. The wasps' offspring consume the EAB egg and larvae as they grow and develop. This year, wasps were released in 17 states: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Additional parasitoid releases are expected in EAB-infested States when appropriate climate/release conditions are met. Read more here.
Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape
A study by Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape’s ability to protect against climate change.
Read more about the study here.
2012 FUSF Annual Report
to preserve, enhance and protect the natural and historic resources of Upton
State Forest in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
We look forward to continuing our valuable partnership with the DCR, and
others and appreciate all that our members have done.
Click here to view the 2012 Annual Report.
FUSF co-foudner Ellen Arnold was awarded the National Association of State Park Directors' 2012 President's Award at a Worcester conference in November. Congratulations Ellen!! Story
Whitney Conservation Area Fundraiser
The Whitney Conservation Area fundraiser has been a success! Nealy $16,000 has been raised by the Metacomet Land Trust, including a $200 donation from the FUSF. The funds will be used to construct a fence along the Sweetwiliam Farm Pasture and a parking area. Most of the fencing has been installed and the parking lot will be constructed in August.
A bedrock geology map of the Grafton "Quad" is now available from the USGS. The map covers parts of Upton State Forest.
The CCC Records Preservation Project has reached its fundraising goal. Thank you for your support!
Purchase Friends of Upton State Forest clothing and other merchandise from our store!
New Biomass Map of the United States
Scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center have produced a high resolution map showing how the aboveground biomass of vegetation varies across the United States.
Asian Longhorned Beetle
The regulated Asian Longhorned Beetle area in Greater Worcester has been expanded to include a portion of Auburn, due to recent finds in the southern tip of Worcester, for a total of 98 square miles. Click here for the latest information.
Thanks to Lisa Stratton the Friends of Upton State Forest is now on Facebook! Follow us here and become a Friend!
"My Great-Grandfather's Footlocker"
Jeanne O'Brien offers her new book, My Great-Grandfather’s Footlocker,
to help FUSF!
About My Great-Grandfather’s Footlocker: Explore with Sarah as she uncovers Gramps' experience of serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Gain insight into the difficulty of living through the “Great Depression”. Could this depression thing’ happen again? Learn how the CCC helped get America back on track as Sarah does research for her local history project. Target audience: 8-12 year olds and their parents.
Cost: $7.95 + $1.78 S&H – total $9.75
$2.00 of every purchase will be donated to FUSF.
Obtain copies by contacting the author at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment may be in the form of money order or through PayPal. When ordering, please let Jeanne know that you are a Friend of Upton State Forest.
Form to Track Volunteer Hours
Please keep a record of the time you generously donate to FUSF using this form. Many grant applications are now asking for this information. Thank you for all your efforts!
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