The Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) was created in 2009 with the merger of the Riverways and Wetlands Restoration Programs. DER coordinates ecological restoration to improve habitat for fish and wildlife and to restore important ecosystem services that improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts citizens.
DER works with many partners across a variety of aquatic systems – from freshwater to saltwater – to restore the ecological integrity of degraded habitats for the benefit of people and the environment. Emphasis is placed on projects that are self-sustaining and provide long-term benefits that assist in “the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed,” as defined by the Society for Ecological Restoration.
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