Resource Management Plan
The Myles Standish Complex is a collection of properties and other DCR assets. The Complex provides a variety of functions of public benefit, including commemorating and interpreting the settlement of the Pilgrims in the Plymouth area; providing habitat for rare species and ecosystems; offering public access to coastline; camping and freshwater swimming opportunities; and protecting pre- and post-contact archaeological resources that facilitate understanding of the region’s past.
Properties under DCR ownership within the Myles Standish Complex are:
- Bay Farm (Kingston)
- Ellisville Harbor State Park (Plymouth)
- Kingston State Forest (Kingston)
- Mulliken’s Landing (Kingston)
- Myles Standish Monument State Reservation (Duxbury)
- Myles Standish State Forest (Carver, Plymouth, and Wareham)*
- Pilgrim Memorial State Park including National Monument to the Forefathers (Plymouth)
- Scusset Beach State Reservation (Bourne, Sandwich)
* Note that a 2011 RMP for the Myles Standish Planning Unit will remain the guiding policy and planning document for DCR management of Myles Standish State Forest.
Resource Management Plans (RMPs) are working documents that consider the past, present, and future of a property. They provide an inventory and assessment of existing conditions and activities, enabling the DCR to establish guidelines for future management. RMPs also guide the short- and long-term management of DCR properties; identify priorities for capital and operating budgets; and facilitate transparency with the public by stating how the DCR manages public resources.
Public input is an integral component of the RMP process, and provides a forum within the RMP to enhance communication cooperation with park visitors, partners, and surrounding communities. On December 10, 2013, DCR hosted a public meeting at the Plymouth Public Library to solicit input regarding recreation, stewardship of resources, and park facilities.
Comments should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (please note “Myles Standish Complex RMP” in the subject line) or by U.S. mail to the Office of Public Outreach, Department of Conservation and Recreation, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114. Please note that public comments received by DCR will be posted in their entirety to the DCR website, and that no content, including personal information, will be redacted. Questions about the RMP can be directed to the above-mentioned email or mailing address or to the DCR Updates phone line at 617-626-4974.
Check DCR’s website Public Meeting Information and Materials for updates and materials concerning the Myles Standish Complex planning process.