The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Stewardship Council is a thirteen member citizen advisory council appointed by the Governor to work with the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Commissioner of Conservation and Recreation, and agency staff. The Council held their first meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 in Wellesley. The Stewardship Council works with the agency to provide a safe, accessible, well-maintained, and well-managed system of open spaces and recreational facilities. These facilities are comprised of urban, suburban and rural open space; forests; parks; reservations; recreational facilities; waterways; parkways; water bodies; and coastlines that are managed and maintained on behalf of the public for the purposes of natural, historic, and cultural resource protection, sustainable recreation, and education.

The DCR Stewardship Council is currently engaged in the process of updating its biennial Oversight Strategy. As a part of this process, Chairman Whitney Hatch and the members of the Council are inviting our stakeholders, friends, and the general public to provide comment on the Draft 2015-2016 Oversight Strategy.

Draft 2015-16 Stewardship Council Oversight Strategy  pdf format of Draft 2015-16 Stewardship Council Oversight Strategy

If you are interested in submitting input and feedback to the Council, please do so by Friday, May 8, 2015.

Comments should be sent by e-mail to (please note “Stewardship Council Oversight Strategy” in the subject line) or by U.S. mail to the Office of Public Outreach, Department of Conservation and Recreation, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.  Please note that public comments we receive via email or letter may be posted in their entirety to the DCR website, and that no content, including personal information, will be redacted.

The Council appreciates your continued interest and support and encourages all interested parties to review its draft and to provide input as it works to develop a final 2015-2016 Oversight Strategy.

Stewardship Council Members

Whitney Hatch, Chairman
Essex County
Chad McGuire
Bristol County
James P. Van Dyke
Berkshire County
Elisa K. Campbell
Hampshire County
Heather Clish
Middlesex County
Wayne Klockner
Middlesex County
Walter Bickford
Worcester County
Jack Buckley
Plymouth County
Antonia Pollak
Suffolk County
Christine Poff
Suffolk County

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