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Conservation Connection e-blast - June 20, 2011

Conservation Connection e-blast

Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners 

USDA logoNotice to Hispanic and/or Women Farmers: Compensation available for claims of discrimination

If you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic, or because you are female, you may be eligible to apply for compensation.

Eel River Headwaters Restoration Project, Plymouth, recognized with national Coastal America Partnership Award

Eel River Coastal America Award recipientsThe completion of the Eel River Headwaters Restoration Project was celebrated with a dedication ceremony and presentation of the nationally prestigious Coastal America Partnership Award to the project team. Deputy Assistant Secretary Eileen Sobeck of the U.S. Department of the Interior presented the award to representatives of the Town of Plymouth, federal and Massachusetts environmental agencies, environmental organizations, and local companies.

North Hoosic River restoration celebrated in Clarksburg, Mass.

Dignitaries prepare to cast the ceremonial first fly in the North Hoosic River.Dignitaries and community leaders gathered on the banks of the North Hoosic River in this Berkshire County, Mass., town to celebrate the river's restoration, mark National Rivers Month and participate in some ceremonial fly fishing. The celebration was the culmination of an eight month project to remove the Briggsville Dam, thereby improving wildlife habitat and restoring natural river functions.

Butterfly on a flowerNative Pollinators Need YOU! National Pollinator Week events, June 20-26

Do you know that formerly common bumblebees are now rarely seen? Find out how YOU can help protect native bees and pollinators by attending one of these National Pollinator Week events sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 |  

Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

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