The Division of Water Supply Protection’s DWSP Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) has completed a review of the scientific principles that guide existing Land Management Plan objectives for the Office of Watershed Management.

Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Final Report
Review of Mass DWSP Watershed Forestry Program pdf format of review-massdwsp-program
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The STAC report was presented to a joint meeting of the Quabbin Watershed and Ware River Watershed Advisory Committees on December 10, 2012. DCR accepted comments on the report until January 18, 2013. Comments Received pdf format of robbo-holleran-forester

DCR presented its Response to Forest Heritage Planning Process and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee to a joint meeting of the Quabbin Watershed and Ware River Watershed Advisory Committees on February 12, 2013.
Comments Received pdf format of c34db-comments
file size 1MB   Response to Comments Received pdf format of dcr-response

View the August 2013 final version of Changes to the DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION & RECREATION Division of Water Supply Protection's Watershed Forest Management Program pdf format of dcrstackresponse
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STAC Background

The first meeting of the Quabbin Science and Technical Advisory Committee was assembled in the fall of 1996. This committee included professional forest, wildlife, and natural resource researchers and managers from several University of Massachusetts departments, Harvard Forest, the USDA Forest Service, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, US Geological Survey, Massachusetts Audubon Society, the New England Small Farms Institute, the MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Hampshire College, and several state agencies. Other scientists were added over time.

The committee was formed to convene, as needed, to address major natural resources and watershed management issues, changes in the Quabbin Reservoir Land Management Plan, and to advise the agency in the development and implementation of scientific research at Quabbin Reservoir. The committee was intended to function as the “bridge” between professional research and management. The committee met annually from 1996 through 2000, and sub-groups have been called upon occasionally to address current issues. In addition to general advice, the committee assisted in:

  • Setting research priorities
  • Developing standards for research quality assurance and control
  • Subwatershed modeling
  • Determining appropriate sizes for regeneration openings
  • Designing lands reserved from management
  • Developing management considerations for the Pottapaug Natural Area
  • Developing a policy for the treatment of watershed areas affected by the hemlock woolly adelgid.

STAC was re-convened in 2010 and is chaired by Dr. Paul Barten, Professor of Forest Resources at UMass Amherst. Dr. Barten’s background is in hydrology and forest management; he has chaired the STAC meetings in the past and is intimately familiar with DCR and other watersheds and their management. In addition to STAC, he has served on National Research Council (NRC) committees assessing the New York City water supply and Atlantic salmon in Maine, and recently chaired the NRC committee assessing hydrologic effects of a changing forest landscape.

2010 DCR Division of Water Supply Protection Science and Technical Advisory Committee

Member Expertise Title and Affiliation 
Paul Barten (Chair) Forestry, hydrology, watershed management Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dept of Environmental Conservation 
Mark Ashton Silviculture, forest ecology, forest regeneration, adaptability of forests to changes in climate Professor and Director of Forests, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University 
James Boyce Environmental economics Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dept of Economics 
Robert Brooks Wildlife research biology, ecology, hydrology, and effects of harvesting on ephemeral and riparian habitats USDA Forest Service
Northern Research Station
Amherst, MA
Jill BubierWetland ecology, biogeochemistry, plant ecology, feedbacks to climate changeMount Holyoke College
Program in Environmental Studies
John Buonaccorsi Biometrics; previous work with DWSP on deer population and tree regeneration sampling Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dept of Math and Statistics 
John Campbell Biogeochemical cycling in northeastern forested watersheds Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest 
Stephen DeStefano Wildlife ecology, population dynamics, habitat relationships, and human-wildlife interactions Research Professor and Unit Leader, US Geological Survey Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit 
Martha HoopesInvasion ecology (invasive plants and animals), conservation biology, plant/herbivore interactions, role of spatial configurationMount Holyoke College
Biological Sciences
Program in the Environment
Scott Jackson Conservation biology, vernal pools, amphibians, biological conservation, impacts of roads Director, Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Extension 
Matthew Kelty Silviculture, forest ecology, stand dynamics, managed vs. unmanaged forests, regeneration Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dept of Environmental Conservation 
David KingForest wildlife habitat management, neotropical migrant birds, effects of silviculture and roads Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service
Northern Research Station
Amherst, MA
Tom Lautzenheiser Community ecology, field naturalist, plants, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, landscape interpretation Regional Scientist
Massachusetts Audubon
Sanctuary Management Planning 
Chi Ho Sham Source water protection, hydrology, geomorphology, water quality Vice President, The Cadmus Group, Inc. and Chair of the American Water Works Association
Source Water Protection Committee 
John Tobiason Civil and environmental engineering, transport and transformation of pollutants in natural and engineered drinking water systems Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Program 
Mary Tyrrell Sustainable forestry/forest policy Executive Director, Yale University, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 

Support staff from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and MWRA

  • Robert O’Connor, Director, Forest and Land Policy, EOEEA
  • Jonathan Yeo, Director, DCR Division of Water Supply Protection
  • Dan Clark, Director, DWSP Natural Resources Section
  • Thom Snowman, Environmental Analyst, DWSP-Natural Resources Section
  • John Gregoire, Program Manager - Reservoir Operations, MWRA