• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Management Issues Concerning Boats and Natural Environments

Jennifer Bender Ferré
Boston University
Delivered at 2003 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium.

A critical problem in the governance of the Boston Harbor Islands national park area is how to more fully and systematically engage the scientific community in shaping the future of the islands. The integration of science into stakeholder decision making can produce a better future for the Boston Harbor Islands and for the generations who will use and enjoy its resource.

Did You Know?

Boston Light

Constructed in 1716, Boston Light on Little Brewster Island is the oldest lighthouse site in the country. British forces burned down the original lighthouse when they fled Boston in 1776. It was rebuilt in 1783 and is now open for visitors to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...