The following post is republished from our email sent to members and supporters on Sunday, December 28, 2014.
It has been my great honor and pleasure to serve for the past eleven years as director of the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. During this time I have been grateful that the dedication of our board of directors and program volunteers — plus the support of countless members, supporters and organizations — has enabled the Friends to embrace its mission to protect and enhance the features of the incomparable Fells Reservation.
I am thankful that this support has enabled innovative new programs and collaborative projects, during a time of great challenges to the nature and character of the Fells. Expanding programs for education and healthy interaction with nature, for young and old, will continue to deepen commitment for protection of the wildness of the habitats of plants and animals found in the Fells.
In the coming days, the Board will be formally announcing the hire of my successor as Executive Director, Neil Anderson. Upon my retirement I extend my congratulations and support to Neil, wishing him all the best leading the Friends of the Fells as it embarks on an exciting new phase of stewardship service.
With best wishes,
You can thank Mike Ryan for his years of service and help Neil get off to a great start in 2015 by making an end-of-year contribution to the Friends. Until the clock strikes midnight on December 31, all contributions will be matched 2:1 by a generous donor, so every dollar you can contribute becomes three! Please help ensure that Mike’s vision for the future of the Fells and the Friends becomes a reality by donating to support our programming and stewardship of the Fells. Thank you.