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FellsDOG Informational and Organizational Meeting

posted Apr 27, 2012, 4:05 AM by michele biscoe   [ updated May 1, 2012, 8:29 PM ]
The Fells Dog Owner Group will be meeting at the Botume House in the Middlesex Fells Reservation, 4 Woodland Road (next door to the boat house), Tuesday, May 1, 2012, from 7 pm to 9 pm.  Join us!

For some background on our group the following articles in the local press may be of interest:
  • February 20, 2007: "DCR to explore off-leash options for Fells", by James McEvoy, Stoneham Sun
    • Article about a meeting for Fells dog owners with representatives of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) regarding a proposal from the state to  designate a one-acre off-leash area a quarter-mile away from the Sheepfold.
  • March 27, 2007: "Pet owners aim to keep Fells clean", by Dan DeMaina, Stoneham Sun
    • Article about FellsDOG's first clean-up day at Sheepfold.
  • July 31, 2007: "FellsDOG holds Pug Day celebration", Stoneham Sun
    • Article about Pug Day, organized by the Fells Dog Owner Group in cooperation with the DCR.
  • October 17, 2007: "Cleaning up at the Fells", photos by Trish Bushmich, Stoneham Independent
    • Cautionary tale about publicity in the local press.
  • May 17, 2010: "Dog owners howling over Middlesex Fells trails plan" by Matt Byrne, boston.com, Your Town - Melrose
    • Article about dog owners' response to the exclusion of park users with dogs in the draft Trail Plan for the Middlesex Fells Reservation.
  • June 13, 2010:  "A piece of the park," by Steven Rosenberg, boston.com, Your Town - Medford
    • Article about the DCR's announcement about scrapping the Trail Plan and undertaking instead a new Resource Management Plan (RMP) and stakeholders' response.
  • January 7, 2011: "Dog owners happy with plans for Fells," by Matt Byrne, boston.com - Pets
  • April 22, 2011: "Dog owners help clean up Middlesex Fells Reservation", Malden Observer
    • Story about the partnership of FellsDOG, Friends of the Fells, GB NEMBA, and Massachusetts Sierra Club in Park Serve Day event at Flynn Rink
  • September 8, 2011: "A victory for dog owners at Fells' Sheepfold", Matt Byrne, boston.com, Your Town, Medford
    • Article about the long-awaited opening of the designated off-leash recreational area at Sheepfold
  • September 19, 2011, "The struggle to find space for all in 2,575-acre Middlesex Fells" by Matt Byrne, Boston Globe
    • Article about the DCR's release of the draft RMP for the Middlesex Fells
  • December 13, 2011, "Letter: Fells dog group criticizes legislators' timing, message", by Michele Biscoe, boston.com, Your Town - Malden, Medford, Melrose, Somerville
    • Open letter to Senator Katherine Clark, Representative Paul A. Brodeur, Representative Paul J. Donato, Representative Christopher Fallon, Representative Sean Garballey, and Representative Stephen Smith criticizing their failure to understand and represent the different perspectives of the many stakeholder groups that participated actively and in good faith in the public process for the Fells RMP