Our state legislators are developing their budgets now. Please contact your legislators and urge them to include the Department of Conservation and Recreation as one of their budget priorities.
The agency that manages the parks, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, is underfunded, which means that many parks throughout the state suffer. Buildings are falling down, trails are not maintained and parks lack staff to meet visitors’ needs.
The Friends of the Blue Hills makes sure that the Blue Hills’ trails are clear and they work to keep the forests healthy, but their efforts cannot meet the needs of the tens of thousands of people who visit the park each year. The Department of Conservation and Recreation needs adequate funds to maintain historic landmarks like the Blue Hill Observatory, Trailside Museum and Eliot Tower. The DCR also needs resources to perform park maintenance, like clearing snow, and helping visitors safely explore and enjoy the park.
Please call your legislators and urge them to include the Department of Conservation and Recreation as one of their top budget priorities.
Here’s what to say:
Hi, this is (name). Please include the Department of Conservation and Recreation as one of your top budget priorities. The DCR State Parks and Recreation line item is (2810-0100). Can we count on you?
More information: Supporting 1% for the Environment
The work to adequately fund the DCR is part of a larger effort to support the Governor’s commitment of 1% of the budget for all environmental programs. Currently, only half of every penny the state spends goes towards protecting our natural resources, ensuring clean air and water – and keeping our parks open and well-maintained, and enforcing environmental laws. The last time Massachusetts allocated 1% of its budget to environmental programs was in the early 2000’s. See the Environmental League’s Green Budget.
This post is adapted from Friends of the Blue Hills.