The South River runs though Ashfield and Conway, Massachusetts. The Friends of the South River is an informal group of citizens working to preserve this remarkable resource.
The mission of the Friends of the South River is to promote the restoration, protection and ecological integrity of the South River and its adjacent farm and forest lands, unique habitats, and special landscapes.
- Conserve land that is vital to the health of the South River ecosystem, provides access to the River and future trails for recreation, creates opportunities for sustainable agriculture, and safeguards the diversity of wildlife in the watershed.
- Seek measures to control erosion that threatens structures, farmland, businesses, and riparian and riverine habitat.
- Protect important habitats using best management practices for exotic species that have invaded and threaten native species in the ecosystem.
- Protect and restore endangered species, including fisheries.
- Involve landowners and community residents in long-term efforts to restore and protect the ecological integrity of the South River.
- Recognize the significance the river has played in history.
- Seek funding for projects to restore and protect the endangered species, preserve land along the South River and its tributaries, control erosion, and eradicate exotic species.
- Work in partnership with landowners and local official/boards to implement projects that help restore and protect farm and forest lands, unique habitats, and special landscapes.
- Conduct community education projects for landowners about the tools and practices that will help them manage and use their lands for the benefit of the river ecosystem.
- Advocate for the health and well-being of the South River with local, state and federal officials and other organizations.