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2016 Annual Appeal Letter from our president
Click here to read the annual appeal letter from our president, Steve Warren

Next FOW Board Meeting:     The next board meeting of the Friends of Whitehall will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 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.

Fall Cleanup scheduled for October 22, 2016
The annual fall cleanup hosted by Friends of Whitehall will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016. We ask that volunteers meet at the boat launch area on Wood Street at 9 AM. We will provide gloves, trash bags, bug spray, etc. Refreshments will also be provided. The cleanup goes until 12 PM. We hope you can join us in helping keep Whitehall clean!

Friends of Whitehall construct two more new trail bridges!
In November 2015 Friends of Whitehall (FOW) , along with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) constructed two more new trail bridges along the Winter Street trail of Whitehall State Park near Sylvan Road.  For much of the year this area is often very wet.  FOW also provided funding for the materials used. A special thanks to the employees of EMC who generously donated their time as part of the “EMC Gives Back” program!  Please click here for a photo of one of the completed bridges! More photos can be found on the Photos page.

FOW Receives 2015 Shared Stewardship Award!
The Friends of Whitehall recently received the Shared Stewardship Award from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for “extraordinary contribution to furthering stewardship of the state parks system.” To read the full letter from the DCR awards committee, please click here.

Friends of Whitehall and DCR construct two new trail bridges!
On November 12, 2014 Friends of Whitehall (FOW) , along with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) constructed two new trail bridges along the Winter Street trail of Whitehall State Park.  Besides constructing the new bridges, the trail was re-routed around a very wet section. FOW also provided funding for the materials used. Click here to read the thank you letter that Rich Trubiano, DCR supervisor, sent to Friends of Whitehall for their work on the trail bridges. Please click here for a photo of one of the completed bridges! More photos can be found on the Photos page.

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.