DCR Stewardship Council

The DCR Stewardship Council is a thirteen member citizen advisory council appointed by the Governor.

Established by the Massachusetts legislature in 2003, the Stewardship Council is an independent body consisting of 13 members appointed by the Governor that assists and oversees DCR. The Council meets monthly to discuss issues pertaining to state parks, to hear presentations from DCR staff and outside partner organizations, and to receive public comments. The Council also has three committees that meet regularly to discuss finance, policy, and stakeholders. Learn how to become a guest presenter at an upcoming meeting.

The Stewardship Council stands in the Senate Reading Room at the Massachusetts State House with DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo.
The DCR Stewardship Council held its December 14, 2023 meeting at the Massachusetts State House. Back row from left to right: Dicken Crane, Kevin O'Shea, Jeff Collins, Commissioner Brian Arrigo, Jack Buckley Front row from left to right: Jennifer Wilson, Ted Dooley, Dennis Smith, Melissa Harper, Vivian Ortiz, Susan Smiley Not pictured: Ann Canedy, Phil Doherty


Jack Buckley
Middlesex County
Melissa Harper
Vice Chair
Plymouth County
Ann Canedy
Barnstable County
Jeffrey Collins
Environmental Seat
Dicken Crane
Berkshire County
Phil Doherty
Norfolk County
Ted Dooley
Essex County
Laura Jasinski
Environmental Seat
Kevin O'Shea
Vivian Ortiz
Suffolk County
Susan Smiley
Worcester County
Dennis Smith
Plymouth County
Jennifer N.S. Wilson
Middlesex County

Upcoming Meetings

DateTimeLocationMore Information
7/5/248:00amZoomStakeholders Committee Meeting
7/11/249:00amZoomMonthly Meeting
9/12/249:00amHawthorn By-The-Sea, 153 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907Monthly Meeting
10/10/249:00amZoomMonthly Meeting
11/14/249:00amZoomMonthly Meeting
12/12/2410:00amMassachusetts State HouseMonthly Meeting

Recent Meetings

Contact   for DCR Stewardship Council


Department of Conservation & Recreation
State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza | Suite 6620 , Boston, MA 02116

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