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Conservation Connection e-blast - July 2, 2012

Conservation Connection e-blast

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

Woodlot tour to highlight wildlife, natural disasters and the stewardship of your forest

forest streamThe Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will lead an informational woodlot tour on Saturday July 7, 2012, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Timberlost Farm, 327 Ashby Road, Ashburnham, MA. Participants will learn how wildlife habitat was improved and the forest rehabilitated after the 2008 ice storm with financial and technical assistance through NRCS' Enviromental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).

From the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project Blog

Protecting shellfish at Wychmere Harbor, Harwich

Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project graphicThe Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project recently completed another step in improving the water quality of our local shellfish beds. Before October 2011, there was a troubling situation at Wychmere Harbor in Harwich. Stormwater was flowing over 21,000 square feet of impermeable surface, picking up debris and environmental contaminants, before draining, untreated, into the harbor.

USDA celebrates 150 years

USDA 150th anniversary graphicTrue to his roots as a frontier farm boy, on May 15, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation to create the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Over the next two months - in the midst of the Civil War - he signed additional legislation that expanded and transformed American farming, including the Homestead Act, and the establishment of the Land Grant agricultural university system. Learn more about how USDA touches the lives of each and every American every day by visiting the Department's 150th anniversary website where you can view videos, learn about celebratory events and sign up to receive 150th factoids by e-mail.

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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

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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