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Conservation Connection e-blast - July 12, 2013

Conservation Connection e-blast


The latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners. 

Federal easement program to help Massachusetts recover from Hurricane Sandy and prevent damage from future flooding

NASA satellite view of Hurricane Sandy.USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing up to $124.8 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easement (EWP-FPE) funding to help prevent damage from significant storm events in Massachusetts and other states affected by Hurricane Sandy. Only land damaged by Sandy in designated counties is eligible. Landowners in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth counties must apply by September 2, 2013.


Conservation Showcase

Renewable energy professor renews wetlands

Peter TalmageWhen Peter Talmage’s career as a professor of renewable energy and energy efficiency brought him from Maine to a college in Greenfield, Massachusetts with his wife and son, he knew that he wanted to enhance the beauty of the land that they bought in nearby Northfield and improve it as wildlife habitat. So, when his wife Chris heard about a USDA program that would guarantee its protection and provide help in restoring wetlands on the property, they were sold.


Infographic: Healthy Soil Secrets

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Healthy soil is a heavyweight. One pound of soil organic matter can hold 18 to 20 pounds of water.

Healthy soil is a HEAVYWEIGHT. Each pound of soil organic matter can hold 18 to 20 pounds of water. One percent organic matter can hold one inch of water in the soil profile.

Want more soil secrets? Check out and Unlock the Secrets in the Soil.