Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are places in Massachusetts
that receive special recognition because of the significance of their
natural and cultural resources. ACEC designation creates a framework for
local and regional stewardship of these resources.
Bureau of Forestry
There are 3.2 million acres of privately owned forest land in Massachusetts
and 285,000 acres of State Forests and Parks. Municipal watershed lands
cover 245,000 acres and there are 351 municipalities with associated urban
trees and forests. The Bureau of Forestry serves all of these owners and
the forest they care for through the programs listed below. If you have
questions or simply care about the forests of Massachusetts this is a
good place to start.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Conservation Trust provides
a mechanism through which visitors, businesses, and foundations can protect
and improve Massachusetts state forests and parks directly. Tax-deductible
contributions to the Trust can be earmarked for a favorite forest or park,
or for a favorite program.
Forest Fire Control
Since 1911, the Massachusetts Bureau of Forest Fire Control has been providing
aid, assistance and advice to the Commonwealth's cities and towns in the
prevention, detection and suppression of forest fires. This web site details
these and other services that the Bureau provides as it works towards
the protection of 3.5 million acres of state, public and private wooded
lands, and over 100,000 acres of municipal drinking water reservoirs that
lie within Massachusetts.
"Hazard Mitigation" means to permanently reduce or alleviate
the losses of life, injuries and property resulting from natural and human-made
hazards through long-term strategies. These long-term strategies include
planning, policy changes, programs, projects and other activities.
Historic Landscape Preservation Initiative
The Historic Landscape Preservation Initiative (HLPI) promotes the preservation and protection of significant landscapes through identification and documentation, technical assistance, partnership, training, outreach and, when funds allow, municipal matching grants. HLPI staff develop and participate in inter-agency initiatives and direct the treatment of historic landscapes under DCR ownership and management, in part through participation in the preparation of resource management plans and direct oversight of historic landscape treatment programs.
The Bureau of Ranger Services provides a variety of programs and services
to assure that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Park facilities
and resources are protected and their visitors have an enjoyable and safe
Educational Programs and Statistics
Executive Office of
Division of State Parks
Division of Water Supply