Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources

In Massachusetts, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) provides for the protection enhancement and promotion of natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the state.

The responsibilities of the DCR are:

  • to improve the outdoor recreational opportunities and natural resource conservation;
  • to restore and improve the state’s facilities;
  • to expand public involvement in carrying out the DCR’s mission; and
  • to establish first-rate management systems and practices.


The DCR is comprised of the following divisions:

  • The Division of State Parks and Recreation- Protects both private and state land and resources by means of technical assistance, policy development, grant and planning programs, and other services;
  • The Division of Urban Parks and Recreation- Preserves, maintains, and enhances the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic qualities of the environment within the Greater Boston area;
  • The Division of Water Supply Protection- Manages and protects the drinking water supply watersheds for Greater Boston; monitors lakes and ponds, well drillers, and rainfall throughout the state; and provides technical support to other state agencies; and
  • Planning and Engineering Division- Provides professional planning, engineering, design, and construction management services to DCR.


Further, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) works to preserve the state’s natural resources and people’s right to conservation of those resources.  The DFG also exercises control over the state’s marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, natural communities, and the habitats that supports them.

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Department of Fish and Game

Inside Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources