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DCR's new Parks Rules and Regulations: Public Testimony

posted Nov 16, 2013, 8:47 AM by michele biscoe   [ updated Dec 6, 2013, 8:03 AM ]
Update Dec 05, 2013: FellsDOG co-founder, David Monahan, shares his public comments on the proposed new regulation in which he asks the DCR to  allow families to continue to enjoy beaches with our dogs as we have in the past (see below).

FellsDOG co-founder, Michele Biscoe, publicly requests that the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) "recognize persons with dogs under voice control as legitimate visitors in our Massachusetts Parks and bring its parks and recreation rules into accordance with this longstanding customary use".  Biscoe offered her verbal comments at a public hearing regarding the DCR's proposed new Parks and Recreation Rules on Tuesday evening, November 12, at the Community Rowing Center in Brighton. The full-text of Biscoe's testimony is attached below.

The Coalition of Massachusetts Dog-Owner Groups (MassDOG) discusses what the new regulations mean for people who visit state parks and recreational facilities with dogs The new regulations prohibit dogs on all state beaches from from April 1 through September 30.  The new regulations also prohibit dog owners from exercising voice control over our pets except in designated areas. Detailed information is available on the DCR's webpage under "Public Meeting Information & Materials".

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is accepting written comments on a proposed new regulation at 302 CMR 12.00 (Parks and Recreation Rules) until 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. on Friday, December 6, 2013. Please submit written comments to Laura Dietz, DCR Assistant General Counsel, via mail to Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114, or electronically to regs.comments@state.ma.us.

We welcome members of the Fells dog-owner community and the community of dog owners who enjoy state parks, forests and beaches across the Commonwealth to share your written comments in our discussion group.
michele biscoe,
Dec 6, 2013, 7:59 AM
michele biscoe,
Nov 16, 2013, 10:49 AM