DCR/DWSP is mandated through legislation and regulation to produce watershed management plans to "protect, preserve and enhance the environment of the Commonwealth and to assure the availability of pure water for future generations." The Quabbin Reservoir is the primary drinking water supply in the DCR managed watershed system. The Division of Water Supply Protection controls over 82,000 acres of land and water in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed.
The 2007-2017 Quabbin Land Management Plan provides principles from the current state of the science of watershed and natural resources management, agency goals for the ten year period, and specific objectives for accomplishing these in the areas of Land Protection, Forest Management, Wildlife Management, Management and Protection of Biodiversity, and Cultural Resources Protection. DCR/DWSP Forestry and Natural Resources staff worked with the Quabbin Watershed Advisory Council and reviewed comments from non-profit environmental organizations, academic researchers, and the general public to develop the goals, objectives, and management strategies laid out in the plan.
The plan builds on advancements in science and management techniques, the agency's own experience over six decades of managing the watershed and its resources, and accumulated input from advisory groups and the concerned public. It is designed as an adaptive plan, utilizing annual reviews to build immediately on new information and changes in the science that supports management decisions, and to revise objectives, as necessary, within the ten-year time frame of the plan.
Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan officially adopted the plan on September 17, 2007.
The following is the complete 2007-2017 Quabbin Land Management Plan. Links are provided for the entire plan in one document, as well as separated out by chapter for faster viewing. All files are in .pdf format. Copies are also available at the local watershed libraries and the Quabbin Visitor Center.
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