For Immediate Release Contact: Wendy Fox
April 4, 2007 617-626-1453
STATE TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ON
HERITAGE LANDSCAPE INVENTORY PROGRAM
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a series of public meetings to kick off a survey of heritage landscapes in the DCR parks and forests of south-central Massachusetts, as part of the Heritage Landscape Inventory (HLI) program. A full schedule of meetings is attached.
The HLI program seeks to identify and document those heritage landscapes of Massachusetts that are vital to the history, character and quality of life of our communities. These landscapes contain both natural and cultural resources, and help convey the history and the character of our parks. Examples of heritage landscapes include Civilian Conservation Corps camps, historic recreational areas and designed gardens.
DCR has brought the HLI program to more than 80 communities across the Commonwealth. This success has prompted DCR to launch a pilot application of the HLI process within the Massachusetts state parks system, providing an opportunity for staff, friends groups, nonprofit partners and regular park users to identify those landscapes that make their favorite parks unique and important. Through this project, DCR plans to improve documentation of the many different types of cultural resources found throughout the parks system, in order to help plan for their preservation and to identify potential partnership projects.
All are welcome to attend.
For more information about these meetings, please contact DCR Preservation Planner Jessica Rowcroft at 617-626-1380. Further information about this program can also be found at: www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/histland/histland.htm.
Meeting date and time
|Quinsigamond State Park||
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
|Douglas State Forest||
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
|Wells State Park/Streeter Point Recreation Area||Wednesday, April 18, 2007|
|Brimfield State Forest||Thursday, April 19, 2007|
|Spencer State Forest||Tuesday, April 24, 2007|
|Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park||Tuesday, May 1, 2007|
|Upton State Forest||Thursday, May 3, 2007|
Sutton State Forest,
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
|Tuesday, May 8, 2007|
|Oakham State Forest, Rutland State Park||Thursday, May 10, 2007|
|Moore State Park||Tuesday, May 15, 2007|
North Brookfield State Forest,
West Brookfield State Forest
|Thursday, May 17, 2007|
|Leominster State Forest||TBA|
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m