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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: Shawme-Crowell State Forest , Nickerson State Park , Hawksnest State Park, Cape Cod Rail Trail , Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve , Quashnet Woods State Reservation, South Cape Beach State Park , Washburn Island, Manuel F. Correllus State Forest , Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach, South Beach, Nantucket State Forest, Reforestation lots, Fire towers

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.

Nickerson Complex Revised Draft RMP

Cover-Executive Summary  pdf format of Cover-Executive Summary

Section 1. The Nickerson Management Complex  pdf format of Section 1.  The Nickerson Management Complex

Section 2. Shawme-Crowell State Forest  pdf format of Section 2.  Shawme-Crowell State Forest

Section 3. Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve  pdf format of Section 3.  Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Res

Section 4. South Cape Beach SP  pdf format of Section 4.  South Cape Beach SP

Section 5. Washburn Island  pdf format of Section  5.  Washburn Island

Section 6. Quashnet Woods State Reservation  pdf format of Section  6.   Quashnet Woods State Reservation

Section 7. Roland C. Nickerson State Park  pdf format of Section  7.  Roland C. Nickerson State Park
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Section 8. Hawksnest State Park  pdf format of Section  8.  Hawksnest State Park

Section 9. Cape Cod Rail Trail  pdf format of Section 9.  Cape Cod Rail Trail

Section 10. Manuel F. Correllus State Forest  pdf format of Section 10.  Manuel F. Correllus State Forest

Section 11. Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach  pdf format of Section 11.  Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach

Section 12. South Beach State Park  pdf format of Section 12.  South Beach State Park

Section 13. Nantucket State Forest  pdf format of Section 13.  Nantucket State Forest

Section 14. Reforestation Lots  pdf format of Section 14.  Reforestation Lots

Section 15. Fire Observation Towers  pdf format of Section 15.  Fire Observation Towers

Section 16. Appendices  pdf format of Section 16.  Appendices
file size 1MB


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 dcr.updates@state.ma.us (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.