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The Friends Annual Meeting Features Leave No Trace Educator

Friends of the Fells annual meeting to feature Kenneth Fung of Leave No Trace, the national center for outdoor ethics.

What is amazing about the Middlesex Fells Reservation is the great variety of nature available for exploration, so close to where we live. Just yesterday I was speaking to a Melrosian who talked about his experience staring into the eyes of what he was sure was a bobcat he encountered while hiking in the Fells. Even David Brown the professional animal tracker has never seen a bobcat track in the Fells Reservation, but within the past year or so George McLean, a photographer from Medford, was able to photograph a bobcat cub just across from the Fells.

This spring Bryan Hamlin, the Friends of Fells board chairperson, and others have been been posting a series of beautiful Fells spring wildflower photographs on the new Friends Facebook wall, easy to find on the Friends website.

The key to maintaining the wildness of the Fells will be the topic of a feature presentation at the Friends of Fells annual meeting on May 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the Milano Senior Center, 201 West Foster St., Melrose.  

Kenneth Fung, educator for Leave No Trace, the national center for outdoor ethics, will present slides and video images showing how low impact recreational use practices can help connect with and protect the natural features found in the Fells Reservation.  

This event is free and refreshments will be served.  

Melrose and all of the Fells communities are blessed by the presence of so much of the natural world not far from our doorsteps. Join us as we celebrate the Fells. Please invite anyone you know who loves the Fells to join us at the Friends annual meeting. For more information, call 781-662-2340.

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Melisa Passanisi Thorne May 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Great post. I love the Fells. Will you be posting info for family friendly events in the Fells. Like nature walks and safe hiking paths for children.
Mike Ryan May 13, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Great idea, Melisa. The Patch seems like a perfect place to post upcoming hikes and other Fells events. Enjoying the Fells in springtime is the best... Below I have posted two Fells hikes scheduled for this Sunday, and you can always visit the home page of the Friends website: www.fells.org to discover what is available. You mentioned family hiking; one of the Friends most popular programs is the weekly Babes in the Woods hikes. These Tuesday walks are also posted on our website home page, just click on the Babes in the Woods link in the center column. This Sunday's Fells Hikes: Hike n’ Carry at Greenwood Park Sunday, May 15  2:00 to 4:00pm 

Leader: Linda Schwetz
 Join Linda for an all-ages hike and trail clean-up starting at Greenwood Park. Bags, gloves, and verification of two community service hours will be provided. Meet at the Greenwood Park parking lot, Pond St., Stoneham across from the Stone Zoo. Rain cancels. Call Linda at 617-803-3173 for more information. Dark Hollow Pond Nature Trail May 15 10:00am to Noon 

Leader: Walter Kittredge
 Join Walter for an exploration of nature at its finest along the Bear Hill section of the Dark Hollow Pond Trail. Walter will discuss the features of each of the dozen habitats found along this woodland path. The hike will begin at Fells Reservation Gate 21 with parking on Fallon Road in Stoneham (GPS: 42.468267,-71.107453) Rain cancels.

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