DCR Permits

DCR issues short-term and long-term permits for a variety of activities at DCR parks, beaches, forests, and reservations. Permits are issued for purposes ranging from one-day walk-athons, to seasonal construction access, to five-year commercial agreements. 

Some permits are awarded through a competitive bidding process, and others are available upon request. 

Each type of permit is administered by a different division of DCR, and the fees, seasonal schedule, and turnaround times vary. See DCR Permits for more information about permit types, fees, and schedules.

Forest Stewardship Program

If you are a woodland owner and would like to know more about your woodland and how to manage it, the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Forest Stewardship Program can help you. This educational non-regulatory program is designed to help landowners protect the inherent ecosystem values of their forest. Recognizing the public benefits of good stewardship on private forest land, the Massachusetts Forest Stewardship Program (MFSP) supports and encourages private forest landowners' efforts to manage, enjoy, and care for their land using a long-term approach. More