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The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Published: 2015/06/12
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Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Brooke Pitcher
Basic Outdoor Skills Series by Department of Conservation and Recreation in Mass.
Basic Outdoor Skills Series by Department of Conservation and Recreation in Mass.
Published: 2009/11/03
Channel: Ernest Sarro
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: WikiWikiup
Edward Lambert/Commissioner of the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Edward Lambert/Commissioner of the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Published: 2013/07/05
Channel: Comcast Newsmakers NE
Find Yourself in a DCR Park
Find Yourself in a DCR Park
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: MassEEA
5 Investigates: Another top official at DCR has resigned
5 Investigates: Another top official at DCR has resigned
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
On the Scene - Taste of Suffolk / Suffolk Parks & Recreation Conservation Programs
On the Scene - Taste of Suffolk / Suffolk Parks & Recreation Conservation Programs
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: CityofSuffolkVA
Why Perkins: World of Work
Why Perkins: World of Work
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: Perkins School for the Blind
Kiwi in your community
Kiwi in your community
Published: 2012/12/09
Channel: Department of Conservation
Volunteering for DCR (Section 1, Group 7, December 11, 2016)
Volunteering for DCR (Section 1, Group 7, December 11, 2016)
Published: 2016/12/11
Channel: NRC 100
Volunteering // Department of Conservation (Daly
Volunteering // Department of Conservation (Daly's Hut)
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: Elvisa Divine
Department of Conservation Tackles Rats ...
Department of Conservation Tackles Rats ...
Published: 2014/10/10
Channel: TheGrafBoys
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D.c.r
Published: 2017/02/01
Channel: devandla Chencharao
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D.c.r
Published: 2017/02/01
Channel: devandla Chencharao
Fees going up at some DCR campgrounds, beaches
Fees going up at some DCR campgrounds, beaches
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: WWLP-22News
DCR
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Published: 2014/07/30
Channel: DCRVirginia
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Published: 2017/09/04
Channel: roop hirem
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DCR
Published: 2017/09/04
Channel: Dana Castro-Rueda
This Week in Richmond - 6 December 2013
This Week in Richmond - 6 December 2013
Published: 2013/12/06
Channel: BlueRidgePBS
Governor Baker Announces DCR Parks and Pools Extended Summer Hours
Governor Baker Announces DCR Parks and Pools Extended Summer Hours
Published: 2015/07/03
Channel: MassGovernor
Want To Be a Conservation Agent in Missouri? (Agent Becky Robertson)
Want To Be a Conservation Agent in Missouri? (Agent Becky Robertson)
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: moconservation
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Published: 2017/09/04
Channel: roop hirem
DCR Summer Nights by Score4More,Inc.
DCR Summer Nights by Score4More,Inc.
Published: 2016/08/29
Channel: Score4more Inc.
Forest and Parks on Wheels
Forest and Parks on Wheels
Published: 2007/08/03
Channel: HopNews
Missouri Department of Conservation - Fishing with Dad
Missouri Department of Conservation - Fishing with Dad
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: Learfield InterAction
DCR
DCR
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: DCR Media Productions
Mk Life
Mk Life
Published: 2015/08/20
Channel: Jean Dunoyer
Using the MA DCR RMP storymap app
Using the MA DCR RMP storymap app
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: Unofficial DCR GIS
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Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: Daria coquilla Rulida
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Published: 2014/12/16
Channel: Way2web World
Volunteering with DCR at Mount Tom (Section 2, Group 18, Dec. 11, 2016)
Volunteering with DCR at Mount Tom (Section 2, Group 18, Dec. 11, 2016)
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: NRC 100
DCR
DCR
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: James Fargo
2015 Year in Review - Missouri Conservation
2015 Year in Review - Missouri Conservation
Published: 2015/12/30
Channel: moconservation
DCR
DCR
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: Ozark Mountain Outdoors
DCR
DCR
Published: 2015/01/30
Channel: Andrea Watts
"Hokusai" ads on the Harvard Bridge with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
"Hokusai" ads on the Harvard Bridge with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Published: 2015/05/13
Channel: Please don't kill me
DCR
DCR
Published: 2015/02/27
Channel: Scott Farmer
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks at the opening of the Lynch skatepark
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks at the opening of the Lynch skatepark
Published: 2015/11/15
Channel: Steve Kropper
DCR - D
DCR - D
Published: 2008/06/29
Channel: tamiya24dsc
Hog Trapping with the Missouri Department of Conservation
Hog Trapping with the Missouri Department of Conservation
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Avid Outdoorsmen
Charles River Greenways Weston MA Part 2.
Charles River Greenways Weston MA Part 2.
Published: 2015/06/10
Channel: Chris Rich
DCR Alum Creek 7-29-11
DCR Alum Creek 7-29-11
Published: 2011/07/29
Channel: drbuilder228
David Johnson, Former DCR Director Testifies at Virginia Outdoors Foundation
David Johnson, Former DCR Director Testifies at Virginia Outdoors Foundation
Published: 2014/11/07
Channel: Property Rights & Farming Alliance
Invasive Species Clean-Up. Section 01, Group 12, November 12th, 2016
Invasive Species Clean-Up. Section 01, Group 12, November 12th, 2016
Published: 2016/12/11
Channel: NRC 100
MA State DCR Closes 21 Public Swimming Pools In Midst Of Heat Wave: 95 In The Shade!
MA State DCR Closes 21 Public Swimming Pools In Midst Of Heat Wave: 95 In The Shade!
Published: 2009/08/19
Channel: bleupeony2
Governor Baker: Extended Hours at Several DCR Pools and Beaches
Governor Baker: Extended Hours at Several DCR Pools and Beaches
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: MassGovernor
Urban Wildlife Conservation: Los Angeles | Restoration + Recreation
Urban Wildlife Conservation: Los Angeles | Restoration + Recreation
Published: 2016/01/14
Channel: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Year in Review - Reflecting on 2016 (Missouri Conservation)
Year in Review - Reflecting on 2016 (Missouri Conservation)
Published: 2016/12/30
Channel: moconservation
Karl Haglund, DCR
Karl Haglund, DCR's Senior Planner, discusses his book Inventing the Charles River, 4/9/13
Published: 2013/04/09
Channel: Charles River Conservancy
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Department of Conservation and Recreation
MassDCR seal.svg
Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation seal
MassDCR logo simple.svg
Agency logo
Department overview
Headquarters 251 Causeway Street, Boston
Department executive
  • Leo Roy [1], Commissioner
Website [3]

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is a state agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, situated in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. It is best known for its parks and parkways. As of December 9, 2015, the Commissioner of the DCR is Leo Roy.[2] The DCR's mission is "To protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all."[3] The agency is the largest landowner in Massachusetts.[4]

Administrative history[edit]

The Department of Conservation and Recreation was formed in 2003 under Governor Mitt Romney, when the former the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) were merged to form the DCR.

Ownership and management for many nonpedestrian bridges was transferred to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in 2009.[5]

Structure[edit]

The DCR is under the general management of the Commissioner of the DCR. The general administration divisions; Human Resources Division, the Financial Division, and External and Legislative Affairs, report directly to the Commissioner.[citation needed] It has two divisions [6]

  • Division of State Parks and Recreation (now branded as MassParks)
  • Division of Water Supply Protection

and several bureaus, offices, and other work units, including (but not exclusively)

  • Bureau of Engineering
  • Bureau of Planning and Resource Protection
  • Bureaus of Forestry and Fire Control
  • Bureau of Ranger Services
  • Universal Access Program
  • many other units

Division of State Parks[edit]

The Division of State Parks is responsible for the maintenance and management of over 310,000 acres (1,250 km2) of state-owned forests and parks. These areas are designated as either Woodlands, Parklands, or Reserves, and are managed to maintain specific land-use characteristics.[7]

From the agency's beginning in 2003 until 2012, DCR land management was organized into three divisions: State Parks and Recreation, Urban Parks and Recreation, and Water Supply Protection. In 2012, State Parks and Urban Parks were unified into one division.[8]

Within the greater Boston area there are urban wilds, historic sites, and other naturally aesthetic or significant environmental properties. The origins of the collective environments in this part of the division date back to the creation of the Metropolitan Park Commission in 1893, forming the first such regional system in the United States.[9] (see Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston for history).

Lands outside of the greater Boston area includes some 29 campgrounds, over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of trails, 87 beaches, 37 swimming, wading, and spray pools, 62 playgrounds, 55 ballfields, 145 miles (233 km) of paved bike and rail trails and once private homes and estates that are now a part of the DCR's Historic Curatorship Program.[citation needed]

List of State Parks[edit]

Division of Water Supply Protection[edit]

The Division of Water Supply Protection manages 150,000 acres (610 km2) of watershed lands and is responsible for the protection of the drinking water supply for approximately 2.5 million residents of Massachusetts, primarily in Greater Boston. This division monitors lakes and ponds, well drillers, and rainfall throughout the Commonwealth.[10]

List of Protected Water Supply Areas[edit]

Bureau of Engineering[edit]

The Bureau of Engineering provides professional engineering, design, and construction management services in support of DCR properties. In addition to providing engineering services for over 450,000 acres (1,800 km2) of parks, forests, watersheds, beaches, 340 dams, and numerous recreational facilities, the Bureau of Engineering also manages over 525 lane miles of parkways and nearly 300 bridges and tunnels notable for their landmark stature and importance in the Commonwealth’s transportation system.[citation needed]

The Bureau operates under the direction of a Chief Engineer and is sub-divided into six operating units:

  • Bridge and Parkway Engineering
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Dams and Waterways Engineering
  • Stormwater and Environmental Engineering
  • Construction Permitting
  • Construction Services

The Bureau is responsible for the management of the majority of the DCR's annual capital budget which has declined in recent years from a $150–200 Million high to a current $70–80 Million.[citation needed]

List of parkways[edit]

The Bureau of Engineering manages and/or operates a number of parkways across the Commonwealth, including:

List of bridges[edit]

The Bureau of Engineering managed and/or operated a number of bridges across the Commonwealth prior to November 2009. All non-pedestrian bridges were transferred to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on November 1, 2009 as part of a transportation reform law.[5][11] Originally, a certain number of bridges listed in the act creating MassDOT were to be transferred after December 31, 2014 when ongoing construction was completed. However, a Memorandum of Agreement between DCR and MassDOT instead transferred these bridges in 2009 along with all other DCR vehicular bridges.

A partial listing of notable bridges formerly under the DCR, with the exception of pedestrian bridges still managed by the department and listed here, include:

List of dams[edit]

The Bureau of Engineering owns and manages and/or operates a number of dams and flood control facilities across the Commonwealth, including:

Services[edit]

DCR is responsible for the stewardship of its lands, from general maintenance—such as emptying trash barrels, cutting grass, and making building improvements—to landscape-level management.

DCR also provides services beyond its boundaries, For example, Bureau of Forest Fire Control is available to aid and assist local cities and towns during natural disasters as well as periods of high fire danger, while its Bureau of Forestry administers forest management on both state and private lands.[12]

DCR also manages its land through the help of partners. Road repairs are sometimes implemented by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation at the request of DCR. Police protection has been provided by the Massachusetts State Police after the MDC's police department was merged into the State Police in 1992.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2015/leo-roy-named-commissioner-of-dcr.html
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ http://www.sledmass.com/legislation.asp
  5. ^ a b Pazzanese, Christina (September 12, 2009). "A big concern on two major parkways". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Inside Our Agency". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Landscape Designations". Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ 2012 Annual Report (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. 2012. p. 27. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Division of Urban Parks and Recreation History". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Division of Water Supply Protection". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  11. ^ "Chapter 25 of the Acts of 2009 (Section 177)". The 186th General Court of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  12. ^ "Bureau of Forestry". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 

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