Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Environment/Energy: Parks and Recreation

G24 Department of Conservation and Recreation

G25 Division of Urban Parks and Recreation

G26 MassParks

G27 Division of Conservation Services

G28 Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management


G24 Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
251 Causeway Street, Suite 900
Boston MA 02114-2104
Tel: 617-626-1250
Fax: 617-626-1351
www.mass.gov/dcr/
E-mail: mass.parks@state.ma.us

Formerly the Department of Environmental Management, and merged with the Metropolitan District Commission, DCR's  responsibility includes the management of the forests and parks and roadway system with over a quarter of a million acres of public land and the management of water resources, waterways, and dams. The Division of State Parks and Recreation is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations and resource management. The Division of Urban Parks and Recreation oversees the former MDC parks, pools and paths for biking and hiking. Other divisions include Water Supply Protection and Planning and Engineering.


G25 Division of Urban Parks and Recreation
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
251 Causeway Street, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2104
Tel: 617-626-1250
Fax: 617-626-1351
www.mass.gov/dcr/metroboston.htm
E-mail: mass.parks@state.ma.us

Formerly the Metropolitan District Commission, and merged with the Department of Environmental Management, the division operates and maintains an urban park and recreational system in the Boston metropolitan area.


G26 MassParks
Division of State Parks and Recreation
Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114-2104
Tel: 617-626-1250
Toll Free: 1-800-831-0569
TTY: 1-877-620-0833
Campground Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-I-CAMP-MA (422-6762)
Fax: 617-626-1351
www.mass.gov/dcr/forparks.htm
E-mail: mass.parks@state.ma.us 

Formerly the Division of Forest and Parks under the Department of Environmental Management and now merged with the former Metropolitan District Commission this division manages the Heritage State Parks Program and state forests, and is responsible for land acquisition, construction on state land, and planning for outdoor recreation and land use. It assists private tree growers with problems associated with land management, timber harvesting, silviculture measures, and tree planting advice, as well as helping communities with public shade tree management. In addition, the division is also responsible for the licensing of foresters, defined as those engaged in the conservation and management of natural resources (e.g. soil, water, trees) that occur within and are associated with forest lands. They provide cities and towns with back-up equipment, trained firefighting manpower, and assistance in organizing and training firefighters. Telephone reservations may be made at a state park or forest, up to 120 days in advance for a seven-night stay or more, or up to 60 days in advance for a shorter stay, by calling the individual site. Call the toll free number listed above for further details. Discount passes for seniors and handicapped are available.


G27 Division of Conservation Services
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114-2524
Tel: 617-626-1000
Fax: 617-626-4181
www.mass.gov/envir/dcs/
E-mail: nicole.sicard@state.ma.us 

This division assists regional conservation districts and municipal conservation, park, and recreation commissions in their efforts to preserve and acquire land for open space. It administers a program to provide partial reimbursement for lands purchased for conservation and public recreation. The division also administers the law governing the granting of conservation restrictions on property.


G28 Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114-2138
Tel: 617-626-1200
Boston Harbor Region: 617-626-1064
Coastal Zone Information Line: 617-626-1212
Fax: 617-626-1204
www.mass.gov/czm
E-mail: czm@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Bays Program: 617-626-1230
www.mass.gov/envir/massbays/

The Coastal Zone Management Office implements state policy concerning the protection, development, and revitalization of resources of the Massachusetts coastal zones. It helps coastal communities implement CZM grants and reviews all federal activities that affect Massachusetts coastal areas. CZM also administers the Massachusetts Bay National Estuary Program.

Regional Offices:

Superior Court House
Route 6A
Mailing address: P.O. Box 220
Barnstable, MA 02630-0220
Tel: 508-362-1760
Fax: 508-362-1698

2870 Cranberry Highway
East Wareham, MA 02538
Tel: 508-291-3625, ext. 12
Fax: 508-291-3628

#2 State Fish Pier
Gloucester, MA 01930-3016
Tel: 978-281-3972
Fax: 978-281-8979

175 Edward Foster Road
Scituate, MA 02066
Tel: 781-545-8026
Fax: 781-545-8036


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