By Ron Morin
As Interim Executive Director for the year, I am new at the Friends of the Fells. How excited I am to be here! The Friends runs on passion–on a love of the Fells. That love is communicated in all sorts of ways: trail maintenance, guided walks, Babes in the Woods, Forest Kindergarten, and other education programs.
A major initiative is Students of the Fells, funded by a two-year grant from the Cummings Foundation. Attending a grant review with me were Nik Tower, Students of the Fells Director, and Ann Frenning Kossuth, our Youth Programs Director, and five Medford High School Students. The students passionately described their personal relationship to the forest and how important the forest life is to them.
Their words filled my heart with pride to be leading an organization that fosters such love for this incomparable oasis of biodiversity, with its 904 species of plants (documented by volunteer botanists Bryan Hamlin and Walter Kittredge), its 73 species of butterflies, its salamanders. One student, Lia BenDaniel, has come to love the Fells so much it has changed her life: she plans to major in ecology, and to educate others of the necessity of protecting forests such as the Fells.
When you support us, you support the next young person struck with the awe of the Fells.
Today, I’m writing to ask you to make a generous, tax-deductible, year-end gift to the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation to usher in a new year of expanded youth programs and vigilant stewardship of our woodland preserve. Contribute toward this legacy—an Urban Forest Park protected and preserved in perpetuity.
$1 equals $2: Thanks to a generous Fells supporter, all donations dated by December 31, 2017, for the Winter Appeal will be matched dollar for dollar! Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to ensure that for decades to come, your forest will be preserved and protected for the future.
Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation
Preserving the Fells for the Future
If preferred, you may mail a check to: Friends of the Middlesex Fells, c/o the Beebe Estate, 235 West Foster Street, Melrose, MA 02176.