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About The Friends of the Middlesex Fells

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is 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.


1. Instill awareness and appreciation of the Fells as a valuable natural and historical resource which will foster a sense of stewardship within the larger community.

2. Develop programs for recreation, enjoyment, and study of the Fells which are harmonious with landscape and habitat.

3. In cooperation with others, develop and advocate for policies designed to preserve and protect the Fells Reservation.

Board of Directors

Chris Redfern, Executive Director
Jeff Buxbaum, Board Chair
Sandra Pascal, Vice Chair
Jill Geisler Treasurer
Phil Cappello, Secretary
Anita Brewer-Siljeholm, M.S.
Bryan Hamlin
Heidi Kelf
Holly Lewis
Carol McKinley
Chester Osborne
Randi Rotjan, Ph.D.
Robert Weggel
Claire O’Neil
Stephen Engel, Esq.

Advisory Council

Representative Katherine Clark, U.S. House of Representatives
Representative Paul Brodeur, Massachusetts House of Representatives
Mayor Robert J. Dolan, Mayor, City of Melrose
Matthew Burne, M.S., Biologist
Barry P. Fogel, Esq., Keegan Werlin LLP
David Kourtz, Principal, HR-ROI Solutions, L.L.C.
Dominica Nichols, Ph.D., Biologist
Tinie Noordzij, Winchester Trails Association
Professor Michael Romero, Ph.D. Biology Department, Tufts University
Ted Wright, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Political Science, State University of New York at Albany