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June, 2011 

Welcome to SUMMER.  Lots of things for us all to do in our favorite park this year.  The 50th ANNIVERSARY brings many exciting happenings. We'll keep you posted. 
 Challenge Booklet Cover

Put on your Sherlock Holmes hat and get out there to find the treasures in your Seashore.  Friends Anniversary Challenge booklet is ready and waiting for you to visit sites from Salt Pond to Race Point and answer the eighty questions. Send in your answers to be eligible for prizes.  The booklet is available at both Visitor Centers, and as a download on our website. Click on the booklet image to get the Challenge information on Friends website. 



The Province Lands Bike Trail rehabilitation project is complete, and will be officially opened with a public ribbon cutting ceremony at Province Lands Visitor Center Amphitheater on June 30 at 1 PM as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration. bike tunnel

The trail, originally dedicated in 1967, was the first bike trail designed and constructed in a national park area. At the original opening, the ribbon was cut by Massachusetts native, and President Eisenhower's personal physician, the eminent cardiologist Dr. Paul Dudley White. The new improvements include widening, pavement markings, retaining walls, and native vegetation plantings to prevent sand from drifting across the trail.

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Herring Cove Beach, Race Point Beach, the Beech Forest, and the Province Lands Visitor Center can all be reached by this beautiful trail through the dunes.   


Ballston Beach grass planting
In mid May, many Friends volunteers joined other hardy souls from Truro and environs to plant beach grass in the area that washed over at Ballston Beach during the winter storms. Through a coalition of outer cape groups
including Safe Harbor and the Truro Nonresident Taxpayers Association, funds were raised to purchase the grass to stabilize the dunes that protect the head of the Pamet River from incursion by the great Atlantic. The fences and plants seen in the picture should give this area another chance to retain its integrity as a barrier beach. Many thanks to all of you who donated time or money to this worthwhile project.