From 2001 through 2009 DCR partnered with regional organizations to implement the Heritage Landscape Inventory Program in communities across the state. Through a competitive application process, 108 communities participated in the program. The regional partners served as liaisons with communities and provided a regional planning context for inventory and assessment.

DCR contracted with a professional consulting team to facilitate the HLI process, beginning with a local public identification meeting in each participating municipality. The local ID meeting brought local residents together to discuss landscapes and planning issues, resulting in a list of priority heritage landscapes. Those landscapes were then the focus of fieldwork, documentation and analysis outlined in these Reconnaissance Reports:

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Regional Partners

The Heritage Landscape Inventory program relies on support from regional organizations that provide initial outreach and coordination, serve as liaisons to local participants, and provide a regional planning context for the HLI methodology. HLI partners can also assist communities in implementing recommendations of the HLI. DCR is pleased to have partnered with:


Cape Cod Commission

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

Essex National Heritage Commission

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area

John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District

Taunton River Wild & Scenic Study Committee