Resource Management Plan
Pittsfield Planning Unit
Pittsfield State Forest is located in the Berkshires along the New York state boundary in the Towns of Hancock and Lanesborough and the City of Pittsfield. Satellite parks directly associated with Pittsfield State Forest include Balance Rock State Park located at the northern end of Pittsfield State Forest and Bates Memorial State Park at the southern end of the forest. The planning unit also includes Wahconah Falls State Park, Ashmere Lake State Park, Middlefield State Forest, Peru State Forest, Richmond State Forest, and South Mountain where DCR’s West Region headquarters is located.
Pittsfield State Forest provides a variety of recreation opportunities including camping, picnicking, non-motorized boating and fishing, hunting, and a variety of non-motorized and motorized trail uses. Bates Memorial State Park was donated to the Commonwealth with the stipulation that it be managed as a wildlife sanctuary.
Resource Management Plans (RMPs) are working documents that consider the past, present and future of a property. They draw on available existing information to provide an inventory and assessment of existing conditions and activities, enabling the DCR to establish guidelines for future management. Results of this planning process include guidance for short and long-term management of properties and identification of priorities for capital and operating budgets.
Public input is an important component of the process. It enhances communication and cooperation among the DCR, park visitors, stakeholders, partners, and the surrounding communities.
Comments should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com (please note “Pittsfield RMP” in the subject line) or by U.S. mail to the Office of Public Outreach, Department of Conservation and Recreation, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114. Please note that public comments received by DCR will be posted in their entirety to the DCR website, and that no content, including personal information, will be redacted. Questions about the RMP can be directed to the above-mentioned email or mailing address or to the DCR Updates phone line at 617-626-4974.
Updates and materials concerning the Pittsfield State Forest resource management planning process will be posted at www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicmeetings/rmp.htm.