DCR’s Historic Landscape Preservation programs have resulted in several publications that are available free of charge to the public.

Download publications here, or contact DCR for hard copies:

Email: Wendy.Pearl@state.ma.us or call 617-626-1389.

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Terra Firma 2 - Caring For Mature Trees in Historic Landscapes pdf format of Terra Firma 2 -Caring For Mature Trees in Historic Land
file size 1MB First published in 2006 and out of print since 2010, this popular bulletin provides guidance on the identification, care, and replacement of trees that add significance and character to historic landscapes including balancing preservation with public safety, tree removal and appropriate replacement. The revised 2013 edition includes new sections on regulatory tools and pests, such as the Asian longhorned beetle, that threaten the Commonwealth’s urban forests and historic landscapes.

Terra Firma: Putting Historic Landscape Preservation on Solid Ground pdf format of Terra Firma: Putting Historic Landscape Preservation
file size 1MB is a new series of publications aimed at municipal staff, historic commission members, friends groups and others involved in the stewardship of historic landscapes. The first issue, Terra Firma #1- An Introduction to Historic Landscape Preservation provides an overview of landscape preservation practices and strategies, as well as resources for further information, technical assistance and relevant funding sources. This is an excellent resource for those who care for and about historic landscapes.

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Terra Firma 2 - Caring For Mature Trees in Historic Landscapes pdf format of Terra Firma 2 -Caring For Mature Trees in Historic Land
provides guidance on the identification, care, and replacement of trees that add significance and character to historic landscapes. Special topics related to mature trees in historic landscapes such as balancing preservation with public safety, tree removal and appropriate replacement, and caring for trees in historic burial grounds provide the public with the basic tools for caring for these often overlooked historic resources.

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Terra Firma 3 - Identifying and Protecting Historic Roads pdf format of Terra Firma 3 -Identifying and Protecting Historic Road
file size 3MB ushers us through the process of identifying historic roads, documenting their characteristics, and protecting them through legal avenues available within the Commonwealth. In this edition, recognizing threats such as inappropriate zoning, is paired with discussions about liability and protections such as the Scenic Roads Act; while a series of success stories from Provincetown to Mount Greylock illustrates the resources, methodologies, and results of preserving historic roads.

Terra Firma 4 - New Models of Stewardship: Public/Private Partnerships pdf format of New Models of Stewardship: Public/Private Partnerships
guides historic landscape advocates through the basic issues involved with establishing partnership efforts between municipal and private entities. Guidance on developing private partnerships, encouraging volunteers through these arrangements, incorporating volunteer and philanthropic organizations, as well as a number of case studies of successful partnership efforts in Massachusetts is provided.

Terra Firma 5 pdf format of Terra Firma 5
file size 3MB draws attention to often ignored or forgotten resources of the cultural landscape of Massachusetts - historic stone features.  Topics covered include introductory information on: methods for identification, threats and protection, engaging the public, debunking myths, basic research methods, and resources for further inquiry.  Through this introduction, the reader will gain the basic tools for planning the future of historic stone features on private and public lands - empowering them to protect these important resources through local action and advocacy across the Commonwealth.

Terra Firma 6 Common Wealth: The Past and Future of Town Commons pdf format of Terra Firma 6: The Past and Future of Town Commons
file size 1MB traces the history of these resources and presents their character-defining features, research methods, and planning priorities. Case studies and resources are also provided.

Terra Firma 7 Taking Action: A Toolkit for Protecting Community Character pdf format of Terra Firma 7 Taking Action: A Toolkit for Protecting
file size 1MB reminds us that landscape preservation efforts involve a broad spectrum of entities and individuals working together in a proactive way, and introduces a wide range of actions, regulations, and tools that can be used to protect the landscapes that define our communities.

Terra Firma 8 – Rooted in History: Preserving Historic Farms pdf format of Terra Firma 8 – Rooted in History: Preserving Farms
file size 11MB DCR Commissioner Rick Sullivan working with Commissioner Scott Soares of the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, developed this bulletin to broaden public understanding of farms as historic landscapes and to build a bridge between agricultural protection programs and historic preservation tools.

Terra Firma 9 A Landscape of Change: Curatorships Breathe New Life into Historic Properties pdf format of Terra Firma 9 A Landscape of Change
file size 5MB is a primer for state agencies and others interested in a public/private partnership model for preserving historic buildings in public parks. This bulletin on DCR’s highly successful Historic Curatorship Program is partially funded through a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Reading the Land – Massachusetts Heritage Landscapes: A Guide to Identification and Protection pdf format of Reading the Land – Massachusetts Heritage Landscapes
file size 1MB is a step by step guide to the identification, documentation, evaluation and protection of heritage landscapes in your community. A product of DCR’s Heritage Landscape Inventory Pilot Project in southeastern Massachusetts, the guide draws on examples from the pilot project area to illustrate larger themes. Reading the Land is a vital tool for communities that are planning cultural resource surveys or undertaking any integrated planning efforts.

Translations: The First Chapter of the Heritage Landscape Inventory Program 2001-2008 pdf format of The First Chapter of the Heritage Landscape Inventory
file size 2MB outlines the evolution of the Heritage Landscape Inventory program methodology, reviews landscape types, and identifies preservation issues. It is also a celebration of the program’s success in protecting the character of the 96 communities who have participated to date as well as a look ahead to the next stage of the program.

Preservation Guidelines for Municipally Owned Historic Burial Grounds and Cemeteries includes a history of cemetery development in Massachusetts, preservation planning guidelines, treatment and management recommendations, and case studies of historic burial grounds across the Commonwealth. The first edition of the guidelines, published in 2000, received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Introduction pdf format of cemeteries_1-introduction.pdf
file size 1MB | General Recommendations pdf format of cemeteries_2-gen_recommendations.pdf
file size 2MB | Case Studies pdf format of cemeteries_3-case studies.pdf
file size 5MB | Appendix pdf format of cemeteries_4-appendix.pdf

Terra Firma 10 – Mourning Glory: Preserving Historic Cemeteries pdf format of Terra Firma 10 Mourning Glory: Preserving Cemeteries
file size 4MB provides information on current issues, best management practices and resource related to the protection of historic cemetery landscapes, which are valued as important open spaces as well as cultural landscapes with strong ties to local heritage. Funded through an agreement with the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), the bulletin also includes a CD-ROM of the award-winning Preservation Guidelines for Municipally-Owned Historic Cemeteries and Burial Grounds.