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Department	
  of	
  Fish	
  and	
  Game	
  
Overview	
  of	
  	
  DFG	
  	
  Programs	
  &	
  
Responsibili;es	
  	
  
•  Commissioner’s	
  Office	
  	
  -­‐	
  Policy	
  guidance	
  and	
  coordina0on;	
  work	
  with	
  other	
  agencies,	
  the	
  
legislature,	
  the	
  public;	
  administra0ve,	
  legal,	
  human	
  resources	
  and	
  fiscal	
  support.	
  
	
  
•  Division	
  of	
  Ecological	
  Restora;on	
  (DER)	
  -­‐	
  	
  Restore	
  and	
  protect	
  the	
  Commonwealth’s	
  rivers,	
  
wetlands	
  and	
  watersheds	
  for	
  the	
  benefit	
  of	
  people	
  and	
  the	
  environment.	
  
•  Division	
  of	
  Fisheries	
  and	
  Wildlife	
  (DFW)	
  -­‐	
  Conserva0on	
  and	
  management	
  of	
  MassachuseCs'	
  	
  
inland	
  fauna	
  and	
  flora,	
  including	
  stewardship	
  of	
  all	
  wild	
  amphibians,	
  rep0les,	
  birds,	
  
mammals,	
  and	
  freshwater	
  fishes,	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  endangered,	
  threatened,	
  and	
  special	
  concern	
  
species,	
  including	
  na0ve	
  wild	
  plants.	
  	
  	
  
•  Division	
  of	
  Marine	
  Fisheries	
  (DMF)	
  -­‐	
  Development	
  and	
  promulga0on	
  of	
  the	
  
Commonwealth’s	
  regula0ons	
  governing	
  commercial	
  and	
  recrea0onal	
  fishing	
  ac0vity	
  
conducted	
  in	
  the	
  marine	
  environment.	
  
•  Office	
  of	
  Fishing	
  and	
  Boa;ng	
  Access	
  (OFBA)	
  –	
  Provides	
  and	
  maintains	
  boat	
  and	
  canoe	
  access	
  
sites	
  at	
  approximately	
  275	
  loca0ons	
  on	
  coastal	
  waters,	
  great	
  ponds,	
  and	
  rivers	
  throughout	
  
the	
  state.	
  	
  	
  	
  
 
Examples	
  of	
  Restora0on	
  Projects	
  	
  
	
  
•  Over	
  1,000	
  acres	
  of	
  coastal	
  
wetlands	
  restored	
  
•  Over	
  200	
  miles	
  of	
  stream	
  
con0nuity	
  restored	
  
•  73	
  ac0ve	
  projects	
  
•  Over	
  75	
  restora0on	
  projects	
  
completed	
  
•  Over	
  30	
  dam	
  removal	
  projects	
  
in	
  design	
  and	
  permiRng	
  
•  5	
  ac0ve	
  urban	
  river	
  
revitaliza0on	
  projects	
  
•  Assis0ng	
  on	
  largest	
  salt	
  marsh	
  
restora0on	
  project	
  on	
  eastern	
  
seaboard	
  (1,110	
  acres-­‐	
  Herring	
  
River,	
  Wellfleet)	
  
Herring	
  River	
  Estuary	
  
Muddy	
  Creek	
  Restora0on,	
  Harwich	
  &	
  
Chatham,	
  MA	
  
Exis;ng	
  Condi;on	
  
Proposed	
  Condi;on	
  
LAND	
  AND	
  HABITAT	
  PROTECTION	
  PROGRAM	
  
•  DFG	
  and	
  DFW	
  jointly	
  administer	
  a	
  land	
  and	
  habitat	
  protec0on	
  
program.	
  	
  Tradi0onal,	
  yet	
  highly	
  effec0ve	
  tool	
  to	
  promote	
  
biodiversity.	
  	
  
•  Protected	
  over	
  200,000	
  acres	
  of	
  open	
  space	
  chosen	
  for	
  ecological	
  
value,	
  presence	
  of	
  state-­‐listed	
  species,	
  exemplary	
  natural	
  
communi0es	
  and	
  recrea0onal	
  opportuni0es.	
  
•  Example	
  -­‐	
  Acquisi0on	
  of	
  the	
  largest	
  conserva0on	
  restric0on	
  on	
  
private	
  land	
  every	
  purchased	
  by	
  MA	
  (3,500	
  acres)	
  at	
  Brushy	
  
Mountain	
  in	
  LevereC	
  and	
  Shutesbury.	
  Home	
  to	
  many	
  wildlife	
  
species,	
  including	
  black	
  bear,	
  moose,	
  and	
  bobcat,	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  forest	
  
birds	
  such	
  as	
  scarlet	
  tanagers	
  and	
  warblers.	
  	
  	
  
•  Land	
  Stewardship	
  Ini0a0ve	
  –	
  Habitat	
  management,	
  boundaries,	
  
signage,	
  baseline	
  monitoring.	
  
	
  
Paul	
  C.	
  Jones	
  Working	
  Forest	
  
(Brushy	
  Mountain)	
  
Regulatory	
  Ac0ons	
  to	
  Protect	
  Fish	
  &	
  Wildlife	
  
Recent	
  or	
  proposed	
  regulatory	
  ac0ons:	
  
	
  
•  	
  DMF	
  holds	
  public	
  hearings	
  to	
  set	
  marine	
  fisheries	
  seasons	
  and	
  
quotas.	
  	
  	
  
•  Marine	
  fisheries	
  regula0ons	
  and	
  management	
  is	
  ofen	
  complex	
  and	
  
controversial,	
  and	
  necessitates	
  interstate	
  and	
  regional	
  approach.	
  	
  
•  DFW	
  works	
  with	
  DEP	
  to	
  develop	
  streamflow	
  criteria	
  under	
  the	
  
Water	
  Management	
  Act.	
  	
  
•  Proposed	
  WMA	
  regula0ons	
  will	
  beCer	
  protect	
  aqua0c	
  life	
  from	
  low	
  
flows	
  condi0ons.	
  	
  
OPPORTUNITIES	
  FOR	
  CITIZEN	
  INVOLVEMENT	
  –	
  WILDLIFE	
  	
  
hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/	
  
	
  
•  Ci0zen	
  science	
  opportuni0es	
  
–  Help	
  with	
  wild	
  turkey	
  surveys	
  from	
  June	
  1-­‐August	
  31st	
  	
  
–  Report	
  rare	
  wildlife,	
  plants	
  and	
  vernal	
  pool	
  observa0ons	
  
•  Volunteer	
  educa0on	
  and	
  outdoors	
  skills	
  opportuni0es	
  
–  Angler	
  Educa0on	
  Program	
  
–  Hunter	
  Educa0on	
  Program	
  
–  Linking	
  Landscapes	
  for	
  MA	
  Wildlife.	
  Report	
  wildlife	
  
roadway	
  sigh0ngs	
  and	
  mortali0es.	
  	
  
hCp://www.linkinglandscapes.info/	
  
	
  
OPPORTUNITIES	
  FOR	
  CITIZEN	
  INVOLVEMENT	
  -­‐	
  MARINE	
  FISHERIES	
  
hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/	
  
•  DMF	
  works	
  with	
  volunteers	
  to	
  collect	
  biological	
  informa0on	
  
and	
  fish	
  scale	
  samples	
  for	
  recrea0onal	
  finfish	
  like	
  striped	
  bass,	
  
summer	
  flounder,	
  scup	
  and	
  black	
  seabass.	
  	
  Used	
  in	
  age	
  
studies	
  and	
  stock	
  assessments.	
  	
  For	
  more	
  info	
  contact	
  
kimberly.trull@state.ma.us	
  
•  DMF	
  works	
  with	
  watershed	
  groups	
  to	
  collect	
  info.	
  on	
  river	
  
herring.	
  	
  Volunteers	
  conduct	
  10	
  minute	
  visual	
  counts	
  of	
  
passing	
  river	
  herring	
  during	
  spring	
  runs.	
  	
  Data	
  is	
  processed	
  
using	
  sofware	
  to	
  provide	
  es0mates	
  of	
  spawning	
  popula0on	
  
size.	
  	
  For	
  more	
  info	
  contact	
  john.sheppard@state.ma.us	
  
OPPORTUNITIES	
  FOR	
  CITIZEN	
  INVOLVEMENT	
  -­‐	
  RIVERS	
  
hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/	
  
•  DER	
  works	
  with	
  local	
  watershed	
  groups	
  to	
  establish	
  flow	
  
monitoring	
  sites	
  where	
  volunteers	
  are	
  trained	
  to	
  read	
  a	
  flow	
  
gage	
  and	
  enter	
  weekly	
  readings	
  into	
  the	
  on-­‐line	
  database.	
  
hCp://www.rifls.org/	
  
	
  
•  Contact	
  your	
  local	
  watershed	
  associa0on	
  for	
  more	
  info.	
  
hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/der/technical-­‐
assistance/watershed-­‐contacts.html	
  
	
  
	
  
PARTICIPATE	
  IN	
  THE	
  LEGAL	
  PROCESS	
  
•  ACend	
  public	
  hearings	
  on	
  proposed	
  regula0ons.	
  	
  Comment	
  
during	
  the	
  public	
  comment	
  period!	
  	
  We	
  appreciate	
  public	
  
input.	
  	
  
•  Upcoming	
  hearings	
  and	
  open	
  public	
  comment	
  periods	
  are	
  
found	
  on	
  our	
  website,	
  usually	
  on	
  the	
  homepage	
  of	
  the	
  
applicable	
  division	
  or	
  program	
  
•  hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/	
  
	
  
COMMONWEALTH	
  EMPLOYMENT	
  OPPORTUNITIES	
  WEBSITE	
  
h"ps://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/	
  
	
  
Mary	
  Griffin,	
  MA	
  Dept.	
  of	
  Fish	
  and	
  Game	
  
mary.griffin@state.ma.us	
  
	
  

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  • 1. Department  of  Fish  and  Game  
  • 2. Overview  of    DFG    Programs  &   Responsibili;es     •  Commissioner’s  Office    -­‐  Policy  guidance  and  coordina0on;  work  with  other  agencies,  the   legislature,  the  public;  administra0ve,  legal,  human  resources  and  fiscal  support.     •  Division  of  Ecological  Restora;on  (DER)  -­‐    Restore  and  protect  the  Commonwealth’s  rivers,   wetlands  and  watersheds  for  the  benefit  of  people  and  the  environment.   •  Division  of  Fisheries  and  Wildlife  (DFW)  -­‐  Conserva0on  and  management  of  MassachuseCs'     inland  fauna  and  flora,  including  stewardship  of  all  wild  amphibians,  rep0les,  birds,   mammals,  and  freshwater  fishes,  as  well  as  endangered,  threatened,  and  special  concern   species,  including  na0ve  wild  plants.       •  Division  of  Marine  Fisheries  (DMF)  -­‐  Development  and  promulga0on  of  the   Commonwealth’s  regula0ons  governing  commercial  and  recrea0onal  fishing  ac0vity   conducted  in  the  marine  environment.   •  Office  of  Fishing  and  Boa;ng  Access  (OFBA)  –  Provides  and  maintains  boat  and  canoe  access   sites  at  approximately  275  loca0ons  on  coastal  waters,  great  ponds,  and  rivers  throughout   the  state.        
  • 3.   Examples  of  Restora0on  Projects       •  Over  1,000  acres  of  coastal   wetlands  restored   •  Over  200  miles  of  stream   con0nuity  restored   •  73  ac0ve  projects   •  Over  75  restora0on  projects   completed   •  Over  30  dam  removal  projects   in  design  and  permiRng   •  5  ac0ve  urban  river   revitaliza0on  projects   •  Assis0ng  on  largest  salt  marsh   restora0on  project  on  eastern   seaboard  (1,110  acres-­‐  Herring   River,  Wellfleet)  
  • 5. Muddy  Creek  Restora0on,  Harwich  &   Chatham,  MA   Exis;ng  Condi;on   Proposed  Condi;on  
  • 6. LAND  AND  HABITAT  PROTECTION  PROGRAM   •  DFG  and  DFW  jointly  administer  a  land  and  habitat  protec0on   program.    Tradi0onal,  yet  highly  effec0ve  tool  to  promote   biodiversity.     •  Protected  over  200,000  acres  of  open  space  chosen  for  ecological   value,  presence  of  state-­‐listed  species,  exemplary  natural   communi0es  and  recrea0onal  opportuni0es.   •  Example  -­‐  Acquisi0on  of  the  largest  conserva0on  restric0on  on   private  land  every  purchased  by  MA  (3,500  acres)  at  Brushy   Mountain  in  LevereC  and  Shutesbury.  Home  to  many  wildlife   species,  including  black  bear,  moose,  and  bobcat,  as  well  as  forest   birds  such  as  scarlet  tanagers  and  warblers.       •  Land  Stewardship  Ini0a0ve  –  Habitat  management,  boundaries,   signage,  baseline  monitoring.    
  • 7. Paul  C.  Jones  Working  Forest   (Brushy  Mountain)  
  • 8. Regulatory  Ac0ons  to  Protect  Fish  &  Wildlife   Recent  or  proposed  regulatory  ac0ons:     •   DMF  holds  public  hearings  to  set  marine  fisheries  seasons  and   quotas.       •  Marine  fisheries  regula0ons  and  management  is  ofen  complex  and   controversial,  and  necessitates  interstate  and  regional  approach.     •  DFW  works  with  DEP  to  develop  streamflow  criteria  under  the   Water  Management  Act.     •  Proposed  WMA  regula0ons  will  beCer  protect  aqua0c  life  from  low   flows  condi0ons.    
  • 9. OPPORTUNITIES  FOR  CITIZEN  INVOLVEMENT  –  WILDLIFE     hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/     •  Ci0zen  science  opportuni0es   –  Help  with  wild  turkey  surveys  from  June  1-­‐August  31st     –  Report  rare  wildlife,  plants  and  vernal  pool  observa0ons   •  Volunteer  educa0on  and  outdoors  skills  opportuni0es   –  Angler  Educa0on  Program   –  Hunter  Educa0on  Program   –  Linking  Landscapes  for  MA  Wildlife.  Report  wildlife   roadway  sigh0ngs  and  mortali0es.     hCp://www.linkinglandscapes.info/    
  • 10. OPPORTUNITIES  FOR  CITIZEN  INVOLVEMENT  -­‐  MARINE  FISHERIES   hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/   •  DMF  works  with  volunteers  to  collect  biological  informa0on   and  fish  scale  samples  for  recrea0onal  finfish  like  striped  bass,   summer  flounder,  scup  and  black  seabass.    Used  in  age   studies  and  stock  assessments.    For  more  info  contact   kimberly.trull@state.ma.us   •  DMF  works  with  watershed  groups  to  collect  info.  on  river   herring.    Volunteers  conduct  10  minute  visual  counts  of   passing  river  herring  during  spring  runs.    Data  is  processed   using  sofware  to  provide  es0mates  of  spawning  popula0on   size.    For  more  info  contact  john.sheppard@state.ma.us  
  • 11. OPPORTUNITIES  FOR  CITIZEN  INVOLVEMENT  -­‐  RIVERS   hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/   •  DER  works  with  local  watershed  groups  to  establish  flow   monitoring  sites  where  volunteers  are  trained  to  read  a  flow   gage  and  enter  weekly  readings  into  the  on-­‐line  database.   hCp://www.rifls.org/     •  Contact  your  local  watershed  associa0on  for  more  info.   hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/der/technical-­‐ assistance/watershed-­‐contacts.html      
  • 12. PARTICIPATE  IN  THE  LEGAL  PROCESS   •  ACend  public  hearings  on  proposed  regula0ons.    Comment   during  the  public  comment  period!    We  appreciate  public   input.     •  Upcoming  hearings  and  open  public  comment  periods  are   found  on  our  website,  usually  on  the  homepage  of  the   applicable  division  or  program   •  hCp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/    
  • 13. COMMONWEALTH  EMPLOYMENT  OPPORTUNITIES  WEBSITE   h"ps://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/     Mary  Griffin,  MA  Dept.  of  Fish  and  Game   mary.griffin@state.ma.us