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DCR has developed a series of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in response to frequently recurring issues identified through the Resource Management Planning process, technical assistance inquiries, and observations made in the field. DCR resource specialists, including planners, ecologists, and cultural resource professionals, have developed the BMPs utilizing guidance from technical, planning, or policy documents from within the agency, as well as from other state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations with missions similar to DCR.
These BMPs provide readily accessible guidance for field operations staff on day-to-day management of natural, cultural, and recreational resources that are commonly found throughout the DCR system. DCR staff can employ the BMPs at any time. BMPs also delineate how and when resource specialists, regulatory agencies, or others should be consulted for more intensive management activities.
BMPs are becoming a standard reference in Resource Management Plans. Common resources like stone cellar holes and vernal pools will be managed largely through these BMPs. In cases where the resource is exceptional – highly significant, rare, threatened, or has high potential for public education – the RMP will include protection recommendations specific to the resource.
Architectural and Engineering Plans
Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
Closing and Restoring Trails
Compliance with the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act
Compliance with the Wetlands Protection Act
Disaster Planning and Response for Cultural Resources
Historic Building Maintenance
Historic Landscapes Built Features
Managing Aquatic Invasive Plants
Managing Terrestrial Invasive Plants
Mothballing Historic Buildings
Records Management in Park Offices
Vegetation in Historic Landscapes
Vernal Pool Certification on DCR Lands
Additional BMPs are currently in development – check back soon for new additions to this list