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DCR Announces the Re-Opening of Agassiz Road in Boston  

2/20/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Road in Fenway Neighborhood to Reopen Friday, February 23; DCR will Conduct a Feasibility Study on the Use and Design of the Road

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DCR Announces the Opening of Reservations for Camping at DCR Parks 

2/16/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Reservations for DCR’s 25 Campgrounds Open to the Public on March 6; Campers Can Book Up to Four Months in Advance of Arrival

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DCR Rolls Out Fun, Affordable Programming for Families Across the State During February School Vacation 

2/14/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

DCR to Host 80 Family-Friendly Programs at 22 Properties February 17- Sunday, February 25 Including Guided Hikes, Birding, Seal Watching, Crafting and Maple Sugaring

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DCR Seeking Ideas for the Preservation and Management of a 10-acre Section of Parkland Along Stearns Reservoir in Framingham 

1/25/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

In an effort to ensure the preservation of historically and culturally significant sites and expand access to open space

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DCR to Reopen Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground for the 2024 Winter Camping Season Following $1.4 Million Renovation  

1/04/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Reservations Open on January 11; Campground to Reopen for on January 18; Improvements Include Repaved Roads, Upgrades to Historic Cabins, New Roofs, Bathroom Upgrades, and a New Water System

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces $50 Million Investment and Milestones for Forests as Climate Solutions Initiative  

1/03/2024 Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Climate Forestry Committee Issues Recommendations for Climate-Oriented Forest Management Practices

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DCR and Greenbelt Announce Conservation Restriction on Lynn Woods, Permanently Protecting the Park from Development  

1/02/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Gift of Conservation Restriction from the City of Lynn Ensures More Than 2,000 Acres of Land Will Remain Accessible to the Public for Recreation and Water Supply

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Encourages Families to Kick off 2024 with Free Guided First Day Hikes at Parks Across Massachusetts  

12/27/2023 Department of Conservation & Recreation

DCR Hosting Hikes in 13 State Parks as Part of Agency’s Signature First Day Hikes Initiative; Program Started in 1992 in Blue Hills, Now Hosted in 50 States

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces $24 Million Investment for Trail Projects Across Massachusetts  

12/19/2023 Department of Conservation & Recreation

ARPA Funding will Support the Expansion and Maintenance of the State’s Network of Trails in Environmental Justice Communities

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces $28 Million to Redesign Amelia Earhart Dam and Renovate Draw Seven Park, Improving Climate Resiliency 

12/18/2023 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Investment of ARPA Funding Will Be Used to Address Risks to Surrounding Environmental Justice Communities Posed by Rising Sea Levels

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DCR Begins Construction to Improve Access and Safety for Cyclists and Pedestrians, Increase Connections to Open Space on Hammond Pond Parkway 

12/08/2023 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Project is Part of Ongoing Effort by DCR to Improve Access, Safety and Conservation on Agency Parkways

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Healey Driscoll Administration Announces $25 Million in Funding for Removal of Eight Unsafe Dams Across the State 

12/01/2023 Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Investment will Restore Wildlife Habitat, Promote Resiliency, Increase Biodiversity and Make Communities in Central and Western Mass Safer

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DCR Encouraging Families to “Go Green on Black Friday” with Free Guided Hikes in State Parks  

11/20/2023 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Hikes Led by DCR Staff at Parks in Milton, Turner Falls, North Andover and East Falmouth

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces Free Parking at State Parks in Honor of Veterans Day 

11/08/2023 Department of Conservation & Recreation

DCR will waive parking fees for all visitors at state parks across the Commonwealth between Friday, November 10 and Sunday, November 12, in honor of Veterans Day

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DCR and City of Medford Break Ground on Clippership Connector  

11/02/2023 Department of Conservation & Recreation

New Shared-Use Trail $4 Million Investment of ARPA Funding in the State Trail System, Will Have Direct Connection to Mystic River