MassGIS’s ACEC Datalayer is updated!

The ACEC Datalayer available through MassGIS has been updated to include the last two ACECs designated, the Three Mile River and Upper Housatonic River.  The total number of ACECs across the state is now 30, in portions of 76 communities totaling 268,000 acres.

Upper Housatonic River designated as 30th ACEC

On March 30, 2009, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian A. Bowles designated the Upper Housatonic River Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). The ACEC covers approximately 12,275 acres in Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, and Washington. The newest ACEC becomes the 30th ACEC in the Commonwealth. The combined acreage statewide is now over 265,000 acres in 76 communities.  A public meeting will be held in the spring to describe the effects of ACEC designation and to discuss the formation of a volunteer stewardship committee for the area.  For more information, please see the EEA Press Release, the designation document pdf format of    Designation of the Upper Housatonic River Area  file size 1MB , and maps - color pdf format of    Upper Housatonic River Area Map in Color  file size 2MB or black and white pdf format of    Upper Housatonic River Area Map in Black & White  file size 2MB .  More information will be posted on the ACEC Program website soon.