The Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds.
Guide About DCR
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To protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all.
In meeting today's responsibilities and planning for tomorrow, DCR's focus is on:
- Improving outdoor recreational opportunities and natural resource conservation
- Restoring and improving our facilities
- Expanding public involvement in carrying out DCR's mission, and
- Establishing first-rate management systems and practices.
The health and happiness of people across Massachusetts depend on the accessibility and quality of our green infrastructure - our natural resources, recreational facilities, and great historic landscapes. The DCR continues to improve the vital connection between people and the environment.
Inside Our Agency
The Engineering Division provides comprehensive and various types of engineering services throughout the Commonwealth in support of the DCR’s many facilities programs and missions.
The Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry manages a variety of programs and services across all Massachusetts forest lands to promote, protect and enhance healthy and diverse forests throughout the Commonwealth. The Bureau services state lands, private lands as well as lands owned by municipalities and offers programs that include grant opportunities for urban forestry and volunteer fire assistance, staff assistance to municipalities for fire control, consulting forestry and forest stewardship for private lands, oversight of forest health issues including insect and disease control and storm related response, regulatory guidance on timber harvests as well as timber sales on state lands.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services and counsel to the entire agency, including the Stewardship Council, on a diverse range of issues and matters to support the mission of DCR. OGC also works closely with the Office of the Attorney General on litigation matters in which the DCR is either a party or has an interest.
The Division of MassParks maintains nearly 300,000 acres of the state’s forests, beaches, mountains, ponds, riverbanks, trails, and parks. The Division protects land and resources on privately and municipally held land through technical assistance, grant and planning programs, policy development, and other services.
Bureau of Planning, Design & Resource Protection
The Bureau of Planning, Design & Resource Protection provides professional planning, design and project management services, and natural and cultural resource protection in support of DCR’s state parks and forests, urban parks and reservations, and water supply divisions.
The Division of Water Supply Protection is comprised of the Office of Watershed Management and the Office of Water Resources.
The Office of Water Resources promotes water quality and conservation through water resources policy and planning efforts.
The Office of Watershed Management manages and protects the drinking water supply watersheds for approximately 3 million residents of Massachusetts, primarily in Greater Boston.
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DCR Office Address and Telephone Listing
|DCR Main Office
251 Causeway St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
|P&E - Flood Control
Charles River Dam
250 Warren Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129
|WSP - Quabbin Regional Office
485 Ware Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
|WSP - Wachusett Regional Office
180 Beaman Street
West Boylston, MA 01583
|SP - Boston Regional Office
165 Day Boulevard
South Boston, MA 02127
12 Brainard St., Hyde Park, MA 02136
Boston Rivers District
10 North Point Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02141
|SP - Central Regional Office
355 West Boylston Street, Route 110
Clinton, MA 01510
Central Vallely District
286 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569
P.O. Box 155, Clinton, MA 01510
Phone: 978-368-0126 x 160
|SP - North Regional Office
25 Shattuck Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Botume House, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 617-727-1199 x 420
Eliot House, Eliot Circle, Revere, MA 02150
|SP - South Regional Office
194 Cranberry Road
P.O. Box 66
South Carver, MA 02366
30 Shipyard Dr., Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: 781-740-1605 x 206
Cape Cod District
20 Scusset Beach Road, Sandwich, MA 02563
South Coast District
Fall River HSP, Davol St., Fall River, MA 02720
|SP - West Regional Office
740 South Street, P.O. Box 1433
Pittsfield, MA 01202
Tolland State Forest, P.O. Box 342, East Otis, MA 01029
CT. River Valley District
136 Damon Road, Northampton, MA 01036
Phone: 413-586-8706 x 12
Western Gateway HSP, North Adams, MA
|SP - Statewide Park Support Operations
10 North Point Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02141