South Cape Beach Boardwalk
South Cape Beach Boardwalk


Resource Management Plan

The Nickerson Complex includes DCR properties located on Cape Cod and the Islands that share personnel and other management resources.  

The Nickerson Complex: provides a variety of recreation facilities, such as salt and freshwater beaches, campgrounds, and a multi-use recreation trail; protects historic and pre-and post-contact cultural resources; provides habitat for rare species and natural communities; and educates visitors about our parks, their resources, and our impacts on the environment of the Cape and Islands.

DCR properties covered in the RMP include:

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 serve as statements to the public of 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 5, 2013, DCR hosted a public meeting at Cape Cod Community College to solicit input regarding recreation, stewardship of resources, and park facilities. An open house was held on December 7, 2013, at Manuel F. Correllus to solicit input from Martha’s Vineyard residents.

Comments should be sent by e-mail to (please note “Nickerson 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 may be directed to the e-mail or U.S. mailing addresses listed above, or to the DCR Updates phone line at 617-626-4974.

Check DCR’s website Public Meeting Information & Materials for updates and materials concerning the Nickerson Complex planning process.

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