Massachusetts DCR Budget Alert

Monday, April 16, 2018

DCR Action Alert 2018

The Massachusetts State Legislature will shortly decide the budget for the Department of Conservation and Recreation which manages our State’s Forests and Parks.

Because of budget cuts the agency has lost nearly 400 full-time positions (30% of its workforce) in the last seven years. DCR currently has 839 full-time equivalent staff, down from 1,279 in 2008. These devastating budget cuts have led to closed and poorly maintained facilities, lack of forest and park staff and almost no trail maintenance.

To restore the DCR to its former level of effectiveness DCR needs more money.

The MA House Ways and Means Committee’s proposed FY19 budget is $40 million dollars That’s $2 million over the Governor’s proposed budget. But, Representative Smitty Pignatelli of Lenox has proposed to increase that by an additional $2 million.

We urge you to call your State Representative today and ask them to support Representative Pignatelli’s amendment to fund DCR Account 2810-0100 at $42 million.

Debate on the State’s FY19 budget is ongoing. Call your Representative now and spread the word.

You can look up your State Representative and their phone number at wheredoivotema.com

DCR is responsible for the stewardship, management, and safety of our parks, beaches, forests, pools, dams, skating rinks, and campgrounds, totaling 450,000 acres of land across over 250 properties, including nearly 2,000 miles of trails and forests that protect drinking water supplies for millions of people in the Commonwealth.

This more than just about mountain biking. It’s about protecting our State’s outdoor experience.