At this meeting, DCR will present information on draft rules and regulations governing the operations of state parks and recreational facilities, 302 CMR 12.00. These draft rules and regulations will supersede those under which the agency currently operates, contained in 350 CMR 2.00
and 350 CMR 12.00
, applying to those properties in the area formerly known as DCR’s Division of Urban Parks
, and in 304 CMR 12.00
, applying to state park and recreational facilities outside of that area.
The public meeting will include a brief presentation by DCR, followed by an opportunity for public input. The draft regulations are currently available for viewing here
. The presentation that will be given at the public meeting will be available for viewing shortly on DCR’s website here
In accordance with requirements of the Massachusetts Secretary of State, the DCR will conduct a formal hearing process, including statewide public hearings and a public comment period, in early 2013. If you have questions about this public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email DCR.Updates@state.ma.us
Help Distribute the Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Handbook
Help get the word out! The Mass Environmental Police (MEP) have produced an excellent booklet, The Handbook of Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Laws and Safe Operating Procedures for OHVs
Hard copies of the Handbook are available for distribution by contacting OHV.SafetyCourse@Massmail.State.MA.US
. Please help the MEP distribute the Handbooks by placing them at your local parks, libraries, police stations, schools, pediatricians' offices and other areas where safety information is made available to the public. Foldout pamphlets are available for the asking as well. The more people are aware of the new laws, the better for our forests, parklands and all visitors. Thanks for your help!
Vernal Pool and Rare Species Reporting System Application
RESOLVE TO REPORT RARE SPECIES WITH A NEW MOBILE APP
--From MassWildlife News
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is pleased to announce that a new Android mobile application is now available for citizen scientists, sportsmen, birders, naturalists and other actively involved conservationists to report observations of rare species and vernal pools.
The new app is part of the electronic Vernal Pool and Rare Species Information System (VPRS) developed and launched this past November by MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program. The app allows registered VPRS users to capture basic information (species, location, photographs) while out in the field. The captured information is used to create an observation report which can then be completed at a home computer and submitted to MassWildlife through the VPRS system.
More information on the app and a tutorial can be found at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/species_info/vprs_home.htm. The VPRS was funded by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wetland Program Development Grant with some additional funds provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in support of the Linking Landscapes Program.