Saturday, January 4, 2014

Resource management planning for Hawksnest State Park

The Department of Conservation and Recreation held a public meeting on December 5 to announce their proposed their Resource Management Plan (RMP). The plan encompasses Nickerson State lands on Cape Cod, including Hawksnest State Park.

At the meeting they indicated they were accepting public feedback expressing concerns, issues or ideas. They gave January 10 as the deadline for comments, but said they would accept comments that came later.

The RMP serves as a guide for potential future actions by the DCR. The guidelines are often used as criteria for grants from other public or private agencies. These guidelines may help organizations like the Harwich Conservation Trust to find grant money to help buy property for conservation purposes. The RMP doesn’t include any funding for recommendations.

Please share your thoughts with the DCR
Public comments could include almost anything, such as :
• How you use the park
• What you like about the park
• What you would like to see preserved in the park
• What you don’t want to see changed
• What you would like to see changed
• What benefits you see to keeping the park the way it is 
• Where you are from and why you go to Hawksnest park
• First hand knowledge of human misuse of the park such as human waste, fires, ATV use, parties after park closing hours. All these are illegal under current DCR regulations. 

How to make a public comment

You can make whatever comments you wish to the DCR by email or by letter. They assured everyone at the 5 December meeting that all comments will be read and taken into consideration.

All public comments will be posted on line and are indeed public, they will NOT redact anything including name, address , personal information, etc

When you email, you need to put “Nickerson Complex RMP” in the subject line to make sure it gets to the correct place. Again, Hawksnest is only one of the properties within the larger Nickerson Complex which covers all DCR properties on the Cape and Islands. 

Email address is :

Regular Mail :
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Office of Public Outreach
251 Causeway Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114 

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