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Happy New Year!
I would like to start by thanking you for your hard work and flexibility during 2020. We know that it wasn’t easy and that there were disappointments over canceled plans and inability to raise funds. We appreciate that you weathered those disappointments and challenges, as the role of friends groups and volunteers is an important one for our state parks and forests and the millions of visitors who visit them.
As we head into 2021, we need to remain flexible in this changing landscape. Look for opportunities for thinking outside of the box—such as the Friends of Laurel Hill's ‘drive in bluegrass concert,’ in which a limited number of tickets were sold. Or the Friends of Kings Gap who hosted a Fall Harvest Day through ticket sales or their contactless native plant sale.
Meetings will need to remain remote for some time—please reach out to Pam if you would like her to set up a Zoom meeting. If you are meeting remotely through your own Zoom account, please let us know as we would love to attend.
If there are ways that we can assist you that we haven't thought of, please let us know!
Yours in the Outdoors,


What trainings do you and your volunteers need in 2021? Let us know as we begin to schedule and plan.

If you haven’t looked at the current PPFF website to review the write-up and links related to your friends group, please do so ASAP, as we will soon be converting to our new website and want to make sure we have your information accurate. The new website better highlights the friends groups and the work that we all do to steward our public lands.
Do - Part 2

Annual Reports! If you need any help meeting the January 31 deadline, please let us know. Reports and annually required conflict of interest form signed by each of your board members can be found on the Friends Resources page of the website

Annual Report (Excel)
Annual Report (PDF if you prefer to write stuff)
Conflict of Interest

One of Pam's early year tasks is to update the online report of donations you access in NEON to pull the current year. And as reports come in and reflect new chairs and/or treasurers she updates the automatic email a donor receives that is copied to those chairs and treasurers. While she's in there making changes, it's a pretty simple matter to refresh the text as well so if you'd like your message to reflect something a little more focused on your group than the generic message that is used in each auto message feel free to let her know.

The text at present reads:

Thank you for recognizing the quality of life advantages, economic and health benefits, and - yes - the simple beauty of _____ State Park/State Forest with your contribution of ${Donation Amount} to the Friends of _______.

As the parent organization for the Friends and its dozens of sister chapters, the Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation (PPFF) is proud of these hard-working volunteers and is grateful - as they are - for your generosity. Thank you for supporting their efforts, and ours! You can be certain that 100% of your donation stays right here in Pennsylvania, supporting our chapters and PPFF's mission to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania's state parks and forests through public engagement in volunteerism, education, and recreation.

If you are a chair or treasurer and you do NOT receive a copy of this email when someone donates to your group online, please be sure that you have added mmowery-ppff@pa.net as a safe sender in your email server (and check your spam filter occasionally) as we do seem to get trapped in spam all too often.


2021 is the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Rights Amendment to Pennsylvania's Constitution. You can find our draft plan for celebrating this important anniversary here. We welcome your ideas as well as for members of the friends to join our planning committee. The best way for this Amendment to grow teeth is for us to educate the public on its existence and the important need to invest in our state parks and forests. Each month Sarah will include some social media ideas and you can always visit our social platforms and share.
Share - Part 2

We anticipate that visitation to state parks will continue to be high, particularly as the weather starts to warm in the spring. One role that you can play is to share information on your website about being safe in the outdoors (both seasonal safety as well as pandemic) and offer ideas of lesser-used areas of the park/forest. We know where we go!


The PPFF website is a great source of information and guidance with forms you can use and information you should know. Bookmark
 Friends Resources for handy reference.

Please get in touch with any of us if you need help:
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