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.

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Members

Jack Buckley, Chairman
Middlesex County

Melissa Harper, Vice Chair
Plymouth County
Ann Canedy, Secretary
Barnstable County
Jeffrey Collins
Environmental Seat
Dicken Crane
Berkshire County
Edward Dooley
 Essex County
Vivian Ortiz
Suffolk County

Susan Smiley
Worcester County

Dennis Smith
Plymouth County

Jennifer N.S. Wilson
Middlesex County
   

Upcoming Meetings

2022

  • November 28, 2022 - Stewardship Council Nominating Committee Meeting 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • December 2, 2022 - Stewardship Council Stakeholders Committee Meeting 8:00am - 9:00am
  • December 8, 2022

Past Meeting Information

DCR Stewardship Council

The Esplanade Association and the Charles River Conservancy give a joint presentation to the Council.

Learn how to become a guest presenter at an upcoming meeting

Documents

November 14, 2022: Transition Recommendations Offered by the DCR Stewardship Council

September 10, 2020: Statement of the DCR Stewardship Council on the DCR Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 18, 2020: DCR Stewardship Council Public Comment Guidelines

October 11, 2019: Statement of the DCR Stewardship Council on the Retirement of Commissioner Leo P. Roy

October 11, 2019: Statement of the DCR Stewardship Council on S. 1769, “An Act Relative to the Curatorship Program

March 7, 2018: Letter to Chairwoman Karen Spilka and Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez, Joint Committee on Ways & Means, RE: DCR FY19 Budget

March 15, 2017: Letter to Senator Karen Spilka, Senate Ways & Means and Representative Brian Dempsy, House Ways & Means, RE: DCR FY18 Budget

December 15, 2015: Letter to Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, Chairman, and Representative Jay. R. Kaufman, Chairman, Joint Committee on Revenue - Follow-up Information Re H2533

October 9, 2015: Letter to Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, Chairman, and Representative Jay. R. Kaufman, Chairman, Joint Committee on Revenue Re: Report Out Favorably H2533

October 7, 2015: Letter to Matthew A. Beaton, EEA Secretary

December 11, 2014: Memo to Governor-Elect Charlie Baker RE: DCR Transition Recommendation Priority Assessment

April 11, 2012: FY13 Letter to Legislature RE: DCR FY13 Budget Underfunding Operations, Insufficient Short-Term Revenue 

November 14, 2011: FY12 Letter to SWM and HWM - RE:Fiscal Year 2012 Supplemental Appropriation

April 8, 2011: Letter to Legislature RE:DCR FY12 Budget Pools & Parks Closures

Contact

Address

Department of Conservation & Recreation
251 Causeway St, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114
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