Ecology Program

Neponset Marsh Low Tide

The Ecology Program focuses on the identification, conservation, and stewardship of ecological resources on DCR properties. DCR is the single most important landowner and protector of biodiversity in Massachusetts, managing over 450,000 acres that provide habitats for more than 275 state-listed rare species. Over 1100 state-listed rare species populations are known to occur on DCR lands, including 33 species whose only known habitats in the Commonwealth are on DCR lands. In addition to important rare species habitats, DCR properties have extraordinary ecological features, such as 875 certified vernal pools and 75 different natural community types. The Ecology Program protects the capacity of DCR properties to support native and rare plant and animal species, their habitats, important ecological resources, and the natural processes on which they depend.

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are places in Massachusetts that receive special recognition because of the quality, uniqueness and significance of their natural and cultural resources. These areas are identified and nominated at the community level and are reviewed and designated by the state’s Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. ACEC designation creates a framework for local and regional stewardship of critical resources and ecosystems.

Nancy Putnam
Director of Ecology & ACEC Programs
Department of Conservation & Recreation
251 Causeway St    
Boston, MA  02114
Phone: (617) 626-1394