A Letter from the Executive Director Neil Anderson–Please Consider a Donation
I’m writing to ask that you consider a tax-deductible gift to the Friends of the Fells (“Friends”) as part of your year-end charitable giving. And you’re probably wondering, “Why?”
Here’s my answer–For a quarter of a century, through the support of compassionate donors like you, the Friends has advocated for protection and harmonious use of the Fells.
We continue to manage several beloved programs while pushing ahead with innovative offerings. This year we set a record for volunteerism. More than 900 hundred volunteers participated in service and stewardship programs that benefit the Middlesex Fells Reservation (“the Fells”) and its visitors. We continued to deliver valuable programs for children and families including our Storybook Walk series, our signature Babes in the Woods Program, and our Forest Kindergarten. We launched a new program in conjunction with Medford High School called, “Mustangs of the Fells” that is introducing adolescents to the sights, sounds, and natural beauty of the Fells. For fifteen years, we have led efforts to contain a proposed development in the interior of the reservation that threatens the character of the Middlesex Fells, its historic parkways, and neighboring communities.
With the help of thousands of supporters like you, our efforts have led to a reduction in scale of the proposed development, from one that would have generated an estimated 11,500 new daily traffic trips to a development that will generate an estimated 4,500 such trips. According to one local resident,
“The Friends’ perseverance and vision to preserve this precious reservation and fight for all of us is so important to our community.”
We continue our efforts to advocate for an outcome that is minimally invasive on the Fells and our communities.
In the mantle of Wright, Eliot, Davenport and the many others who have fought to preserve the Fells, today more than ever we need your support! Your generosity enables us to continue this important work. Each donation we receive will be matched dollar for dollar through the generosity of Robert Weggel, a Board member and longtime supporter. Additionally, we have an immediate opportunity to pay the legal bill associated with the development at a significant discount. Every dollar we receive this year can serve both the cause of preservation and the continued expansion of our program offerings.
Neil O. Anderson Executive Director