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RMP Approved Unanimously by Stewardship Council

posted Mar 25, 2012, 3:51 PM by michele biscoe   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 7:28 AM ]
At the regular meeting on Friday, January 6, the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Stewardship Council voted unanimously to approve the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

While the RMP does not recommend any off-leash opportunities other than the designated off-leash area at the Sheepfold at this time, the RMP's goal regarding off-leash dogs (Goal G4.7) is to "Enforce leash regulations outside of official designated areas and circumstances," which leaves open opportunities for establishing other areas and specifying circumstances under which visitors may have their dogs off-leash on the trails.

Especially interesting were the "Framing Comments" prepared by Councillor Laura Johnson, who chairs the Stewardship Council Policy Committee, for the discussion of the RMP.  Johnson observed "There seems to be differing responses to the “wild west” culture of the Fells – 1) those who believe that nothing should be changed until enforcement with current rules is adequate; and 2) those who believe that changing the rules will help with enforcement and that stepped-up enforcement is better targeted to a set of new rules."