About Us

French River Connection

About Us

The French River Connection is a non-profit founded in 2005, headquartered in Webster,  Massachusetts. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of the French River corridor in the towns of Webster, Dudley, and Oxford. Select  the buttons at left to learn more about our projects.

The French River Connection is a membership organization, with more than 55 dues-paying members and several generous donors, and a mailing list of  over 200. We have received grant funding or technical assistance from

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund
The Norcross Wildlife Foundation
The Fields Pond Foundation
The National Park Service
The Last Green Valley
The Janet Malser Humanites Trust

Understanding that environmental organizations can accomplish the most when working together, the French River Connection treasures working relationships with such organizations as

The Webster Lake Association
The Dudley Conservation Land Trust
The Last Green Valley
The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission
The US Army Corps of Engineers
The Dudley Rail-Trail Committee
The Grand Trunk Trail Blazers
The Oxford Open Space Committee
Thompson Together
Massachusetts Riverways
The Central Massachusetts Striders
The Webster Office of Community Development


The vision of the French River Connection is for the French River and its shoreline to become a resource that is used, enjoyed, and treasured by residents and visitors to the French River region. The river’s natural and cultural heritage will be appreciated and protected, recreational gatherings along the river will be encouraged, and the economic benefits of a healthy, active riverfront will be realized.


Ed Bazinet, President
Charles Perzanoski, Vice President
Tim Bell, Treasurer
Sonya Zegarra, Clerk
Jay Wade
Jack Josti
Jean Hixson
Susan Buehler
Ken Parker  (emeritus)