The Bureau of Planning & Resource Protection is involved with the administration and oversight for design, permitting and construction of complex projects. Ensuring the protection of important natural and cultural resources, and ongoing coordination and communication with partners and stakeholders are key components of this project management responsibility.
- Norwottuck Rail Trail Rehabilitation Project
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division are working together to rehabilitate of the oldest sections of the 10.6 mile Norwottuck Rail Trail, which extends from Northampton to Belchertown, MA. Design funding has been provided through a state and federal partnership between DCR, MassDOT, and the Federal Highway Administration.
- Mass Central Rail Trail – Wayside Branch
DCR envisions a 10-foot wide multi-use path along this entire corridor, and is seeking to work in partnership with the local municipalities to design, develop and manage this path. The corridor passes through Berlin, Hudson, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Waltham and short sections of Bolton and Stowe.
- Winthrop Beach Renourishment Project
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is in the midst of undertaking a $25 million dollar renourishment and restoration project at Winthrop Beach. The nourishment will also result in an expanded beach area for recreational use.