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The DWSP Science and Technical Advisory Committee was formed to address major natural resources and watershed management issues, changes in the Quabbin Reservoir Land Management Plan, and to advise the agency in the development and implementation of scientific research at Quabbin Reservoir. This committee included professional forest, wildlife, and natural resource researchers and managers from:
The committee was intended to function as the “bridge” between professional research and management. The committee met annually from 1996 through 2000, and sub-groups have been called upon occasionally to address current issues. In addition to general advice, the committee assisted in:
STAC was re-convened in 2010 and is chaired by Dr. Paul Barten, Professor of Forest Resources at UMass Amherst.
STAC completed a review of the scientific principles that guide existing Land Management Plan objectives for the Office of Watershed Management.
You can view STAC's Review of Mass DWSP Watershed Forestry Program.
The STAC report was presented to a joint meeting of the Quabbin Watershed and Ware River Watershed Advisory Committees on December 10, 2012. DCR accepted comments on the report until January 18, 2013.
DCR presented its Response to Forest Heritage Planning Process and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee to a joint meeting of the Quabbin Watershed and Ware River Watershed Advisory Committees on February 12, 2013. DCR accepted comments on the report, and responded to these comments.
You can also view the August 2013 final version of From Here Forward: Changes to the DCR Division of Water Supply Protection's Watershed Forest Management Program.