Announcements

Another successful Friends of Whitehall Fall Clean-up held Oct. 18, 2014!

The Friends of Whitehall ‘s 10th fall lake and trail clean-up was held on Sat. Oct. 18h, 2014. About 30 people gathered at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (rte.135) and were assigned areas of trails and shoreline around the lake to clean up debris and refuse from the summer.  The lake was used extensively this spring and summer and enjoyed by many people. Some of the roadsides near the lake were also cleaned up.

The Friends of Whitehall started in 2005 and our main mission is to preserve, protect and improve the wonderful natural resource of Lake Whitehall and its environs. We are proud of our many accomplishments which are cited on our website www.friendsofwhitehall.org. Each year we send an appeal letter for membership to residents in the immediate vicinity of the lake and its watershed. We would like to expand our membership to all residents of Hopkinton and surrounding towns who enjoy and use Whitehall, whether for boating, fishing or hiking. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website.  We are also on Facebook.

We hope you will consider becoming a member! We are a non-profit 501c (3) organization.

Next FOW Board Meeting:     The next board meeting of the Friends of Whitehall will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Woodville Baptist Church, 249 Wood Street, Hopkinton.

Monthly board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month unless posted otherwise.  Meetings begin at 7:00 PM at the Woodville Baptist Church, 249 Wood Street (Rte. 135), Woodville, Massachusetts.

Friends of Whitehall joins Whitehall Woods Alliance project:
Friends of Whitehall is a member of the Whitehall Woods Alliance project,
which has been formed to permanently protect open space with the acquisition of the 40 acre property known as 203 Pond Street, Hopkinton, MA. Please click on whitehallwoodsalliance.org to learn more about this important alliance.

Friends of Whitehall sponsors invasive species talk:
In response to the many inquiries about the weed problem at Whitehall, on July 29, 2014 Friends of Whitehall sponsored a talk on Invasive Species in MA with emphasis on weeds in Whitehall Reservoir. The talk was presented by Jim Straub of the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). It was held at the Whitehall boat ramp area and was attended by 25 people. Jim explained that invasive species started in the 40s and 50s in New England and why they are a serious problem to lakes like Whitehall.   Each attendee received several field guides that can be used to indentify both native and invasive species in MA. Then, using several aquatic plants gathered by Jim from Whitehall, the attendees divided into work groups and got hands-on experience identifying native and invasive species in Whitehall Reservoir.   Finally Jim discussed how the spread of invasive aquatic plants can be prevented and some of the options to deal with the problem. In the near future, DCR will be working with Friends of Whitehall to conduct a survey to determine what the primary uses are for Whitehall. Using that information, DCR will put together an invasive species management plan that will balance the uses of the lake. The expectation is that the plan will be reviewed with the public in the spring of 2015. Click here to see a photo of the talk.

Thanks to all who participated in the FOW Spring Lake and Trail Cleanup:  The Friends of Whitehall ‘s 10th spring lake and trail clean-up was held on Sat. April 26th 2014 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Despite the rainy weather, a good turnout was had.  A substantial amount of trash and debris was collected and disposed of.  Lake area and trails look great.
Rich Trubiano, Asst. Park Supervisor, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, sent a letter of thanks to Friends of Whitehall. Click here to read it.