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Conservation Connection e-blast - October 7, 2011

Conservation Connection e-blast

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


Networking event to bring local farmers and energy experts together

Barn with photovoltaic panels on roofThe Massachusetts Farm Energy Program (MFEP), a project of Berkshire-Pioneer RC&D, is celebrating the release of the Massachusetts Farm Energy Best Management Practices Guide with a Farm Energy Networking Event, to be held Monday, October 17th, 4:00-6:30 pm at Bramble Hill Farm, 593 S. Pleasant St., Amherst MA. This event will link farmers with energy experts and resources, including state and federal agencies, installers, vendors, and public utilities to initiate on-farm energy projects. This event is generously sponsored by Western Massachusetts Electric and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. RSVPs are required by Oct. 12th to info@berkshirepioneerrcd.org or (413) 256-1607.


Massachusetts Farm Disaster Recovery Fund established

Severe weather this summer brought devastation to many Massachusetts farms. Making a bad situation worse, hundred year flooding from Tropical Storm Irene washed away farmlands, farms, livelihoods, families, and in some cases large chunks of rural communities. Coping with a tragedy of this magnitude demands a full court press. The Commonwealth's agricultural community has reacted swiftly to this tragedy and established the Massachusetts Farm Disaster Recovery Fund, a charitable initiative formed under Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) to mitigate suffering and to improve farm lives and communities.


From the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project blog:

Surveying the Holway Axe Dam at Carter Beal Park in Bourne

CCWRRP graphicOn a recent field work assignment, Cape Cod Conservation District and NRCS staff surveyed the upstream side of the Holway Axe Dam, at Carter Beal Park in the Town of Bourne. They were gathering information for a new fish ladder that will be built at the site. Read about their work and watch a video of juvenile herring in the stream.


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Helping People Help the Land

NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 | www.ma.nrcs.usda.gov  

Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer

NRCS field offices are located at USDA Service Centers in Barnstable, Greenfield, Hadley, Holden, Pittsfield, Westford and West Wareham.
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