ACEC stewardship involves a variety of public education, planning, and management approaches. The following examples provide some publications and web sites, and offer links to organizations working to protect resources in ACECs. These are models that can be considered to further goals of resource management and stewardship in ACECs. Additional suggestions are described in the ACEC Stewardship fact sheet.

General Information

ACEC Resource Management Plan Guidelines, June 2004
These revised and updated guidelines are now available – click here pdf format of    Resource Management Plan Guidelines  . A related document, adopted by EOEA in 1996, Policy Guidelines for the Review and Approval of ACEC Resource Management Plans pdf format of    rmp_review.pdf  , is also available.

About ACEC Maps and Boundaries
Click here for an overview of written ACEC boundary descriptions and boundary maps, currently available digital maps, and for information about the ongoing ACEC Program boundary clarification project.

Coastal ACEC Stewardship Grant Award Descriptions
Between 2002 and 2005, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) in partnership with DCR's ACEC Program annually awarded grants to organizations in coastal ACECs. The Coastal ACEC Stewardship Grant Program provided communities with funding to implement planning, outreach, and monitoring projects. This highly successful program encouraged new approaches for municipal and regional planning in ACECs. For descriptions of projects awarded from 2002-2005, click here. Please note this program has not been funded since 2006.

Coastal Zone Management's Wetlands Restoration Program
The mission of the Wetlands Restoration Program is to help people voluntarily restore the state's degraded and former coastal wetlands by working with many federal, state, and local partners. For a list of wetlands restoration publications available from WRP and other sources, see here.

DCR's Heritage Landscape Inventory Program
The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Heritage Landscape Inventory Program builds upon previous statewide surveys identifying lands of historical and cultural value by providing towns with the tools to increase awareness and preserve these special locations. Several towns within ACECs have had survey reports created through this program.

DFG's Riverways Program
The mission of the Riverways Program is to promote the restoration and protection of the ecological integrity of the Commonwealth's watersheds: rivers, streams and adjacent lands. Riverways has a variety of programs and projects to assist communities. For a description, see here.

Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program Information
The NHESP Biomap Inventory delineates areas in need of protection to ensure biodiversity in Massachusetts is maintained. The areas specifically focus on those providing habitat for state-listed rare species and exemplary natural communities, but may also include areas rich in diverse plants and animals. The resources provided by this program can help target conservation efforts to include these critical areas.

The NHESP Living Waters Project developed an inventory and conservation plan to identify the most critical sites for freshwater biodiversity in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds.

Almost all Massachusetts towns have had Core Habitat reports produced by NHESP to include the info from both of these inventory projects.

NHESP also has rare species lists and fact sheets online. See here.

For Each ACEC

Canoe River Aquifer ACEC
Canoe River Aquifer Advisory Committee

Central Nashua River Valley ACEC
Nashua River Watershed Association

Ellisville Harbor ACEC
Ellisville Harbor State Park Management Plan, 1993, DEM – available from the ACEC Program

Fowl Meadow and Ponkapoag Bog ACEC
Fowl Meadow Reservation Management Plan, 2002, MDC – available from the ACEC Program

Fowl Meadow/Ponkapoag Bog Municipal Regulatory Assessment, 1997, MAPC – available from the ACEC Program

Great Marsh ACEC (originally Parker River/Essex Bay ACEC)
A complete planning web site that includes the two documents below, as well as a variety of maps, a brochure, public outreach material, and other planning tools – www.mass.gov/czm/prebacec.htm

Hinsdale Flats ACEC
Ashmere Lake Diagnostic and Feasibility Study, Hinsdale, Massachusetts, 2003, ESS – available from the ACEC Program

Plunkett Reservoir Diagnostic and Feasibility Study, Hinsdale, Massachusetts, 2003, ESS – available from the ACEC Program

Kampoosa Bog Drainage Basin ACEC
Kampoosa Bog Resource Management Plan, 1999, Kampoosa Stewardship Committee, available from the ACEC Program

Effects of Road Salt and Phragmites, 2001 (Wetlands Journal), J. A. Richburg, W. A. Patterson III, and F. Lowenstein – available from the ACEC Program

Kampoosa Bog Invasive Species Management Plan, 2003, M. Batcher – available from the ACEC Program

Karner Brook Watershed ACEC
The Nature Conservancy's Berkshire Taconic Landscape Program

Neponset River Estuary ACEC
Neponset River Estuary ACEC Resource Management Plan, 1996, DEM – available from the ACEC Program

Neponset River Watershed Association

Neponset River Reservation

Petapawag ACEC
Squannassit – Petapawag ACEC Stewardship Committee

Pleasant Bay ACEC
Pleasant Bay ACEC Resource Management Plan, 1998, Pleasant Bay Technical Advisory Committee

Pleasant Bay ACEC Resource Management Plan (Five – Year Update, 2003, Pleasant Bay Resource Management Alliance

Guidelines and Performance Standards for Docks and Piers in Pleasant Bay, 1999, Pleasant Bay Resource Management Alliance

More documents are available for download at the Pleasant Bay Resource Management Alliance.

Rumney Marshes ACEC
Rumney Marshes ACEC Salt Marsh Restoration Plan , 2002, EOEA – An interactive CD of this plan is available from the ACEC Program

Saugus River Watershed Council

Squannassit ACEC
Squannassit – Petapawag ACEC Stewardship Committee

Schenob Brook Drainage Basin ACEC
The Nature Conservancy's Berkshire Taconic Landscape Program

Waquoit Bay
The Ecology of Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1996, DEM – available from WBNERR

Weir River
Weir River ACEC Natural Resource Inventory, 2002, UHI

Weir River Estuary Flow Study, 2002, ENSR – available from the ACEC Program

Building a Vision for Our Weir River Estuary, 2003, UHI – An inventory of open space and public access around the Weir River ACEC and Summary of the Weir River Estuary Visioning Workshop

Weir River Watershed Association – including the Straits Pond Watershed Association

Wellfleet Harbor ACEC
For information regarding the proposed Herring River Restoration Project, please go here here and click on Herring River Restoration Project Update. This website includes the project timeline, committee meeting notes, project area map, monitoring results, and other related information.

Weymouth Back River
Weymouth Back River ACEC Natural Resource Inventory, 1996, DEM – available from the ACEC Program