Massachusetts Forests and Parks Partnership
The citizens of Massachusetts take pride in the spectacular natural and historical resources that make the Commonwealth a special place to live and visit. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is responsible for the stewardship of over 100 forests, parks, and reservations. This Massachusetts State Forests and Parks system supports dozens of rare species and critical natural communities, protects valuable water supplies and attracts more than 13 million visitors annually.
Our Forests and Parks are suffering from funding shortages, inadequate staffing levels, maintenance backlogs, inadequate enforcement and park closings, and development pressure from private and public entities.
A Forests and Parks Partnership has been formed, led by five of the major statewide environmental organizations in Massachusetts: Appalachian Mountain Club, Environmental League of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, and Massachusetts Sierra Club.
Groups throughout Massachusetts are coming together to voice their support for our natural and cultural heritage. Through the actions of a united, active corps of partners, we are building forest and park support and working to make public land stewardship a priority.
Letter to Commonwealth Development Chief Doug Foy and EOEA Secretary Ellen Roy Herzfelder regarding Parks Agency Reorganization.
For more information, go to the website at www.forestsandparks.org or contact Heidi Roddis Ricci, Senior Policy Specialist, 781-259-2172, email email@example.com.