Sharl Heller


My interest in conservation began shortly after I moved to Plymouth in 2007, when I got lost in the Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF). I stopped in at the headquarters to ask if there was a group I could join to help improve trail signage. The supervisor surprised me when he said, I've been trying to start a Friends group here for 17 years. I decided on the spot to start the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest.

It wasn't until the Friends invited Casey Shetterly, who then worked for The Nature Conservancy office in Plymouth, to talk to us about the ecology of MSSF that we found out that we live in a globally rare and greatly endangered ecoregion called the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens. My passion ever since that night revolves around broadcasting this fact and building partnerships to save as much of the Coastal Pine Barrens' 40+ natural communities and the plants and animals that depend on them as possible.