About DCR

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.

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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
10 Park Plaza
Suite 6620
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Phone: 617-626-1250
Fax: 617-626-1351

P&E - Flood Control
Charles River Dam
250 Warren Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 617-727-0488
Fax: 617-523-1793
WSP - Quabbin Regional Office
485 Ware Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Phone: 413-323-6921
Fax: 413-784-1751
WSP - Wachusett Regional Office
180 Beaman Street
West Boylston, MA 01583
Phone: 508-792-7423
Fax: 508-792-7805
SP - Boston Regional Office
165 Day Boulevard
South Boston, MA 02127

Fax: 617-727-7059

Neponset District
12 Brainard St., Hyde Park, MA 02136
Phone: 617-333-7405

Boston Rivers District
10 North Point Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: 617-727-1058

SP - Central Regional Office
355 West Boylston Street, Route 110
Clinton, MA 01510
Phone: 508-792-7715
Fax: 978-368-0217

Central Vallely District
286 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569
Phone: 508-278-6486
Central Highlands
P.O. Box 155, Clinton, MA 01510
Phone: 978-368-0126 x 160

SP - North Regional Office
25 Shattuck Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: 978-937-2092
Fax: 978-937-2097

Middlesex District
Botume House, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 617-727-1199 x 420
Coastal District
Eliot House, Eliot Circle, Revere, MA 02150
Phone: 781-485-2803
SP - South Regional Office
695 Hillside St.
Milton, MA 02186
Phone: 508-866-2580
Fax: 508-866-7736

Island District
30 Shipyard Dr., Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: 781-740-1605 x 206

Cape Cod District
20 Scusset Beach Road, Sandwich, MA 02563
Phone: 508-888-0859

South Coast District
Fall River HSP, Davol St., Fall River, MA 02720
Phone: 508-675-5759


SP - West Regional Office
740 South Street, P.O. Box 1433
Pittsfield, MA 01202
Phone: 413-442-4963 
Fax: 413-442-5860

Lakes District
Tolland State Forest, P.O. Box 342, East Otis, MA 01029
Phone: 413-269-6845

CT. River Valley District
136 Damon Road, Northampton, MA 01036
Phone: 413-586-8706 x 12

Mountain District
Western Gateway HSP, North Adams, MA
Phone: 413-663-5155

SP - Statewide Park Support Operations
10 North Point Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02141

Phone: 617-727-1680
Fax: 617-727-4763
Image credits:  Charles River (George Headley)

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