Michael and Emma Banas never thought of themselves as forest land managers. That changed after they bought 138 acres of mostly forested land in Goshen. With a management plan and help from NRCS, the Banas' made improvements that are benefiting wildlife.
Farming in a suburban town 25 miles south of Boston has both benefits and challenges that result from the same thing, lots of neighbors. Farmer Jim Ward has found a way to meet customer demand, while protecting water resources with good soil health practices.
When Jack Lochhead first looked into a federal government program to help him manage his forest land in rural Conway, Massachusetts, he had no idea that it would lead to a surprising discovery deep in the forest.
Paula Packard lost a lot of sleep buying a scenic 150 acre, run-down farm in Ashby, Mass. in 2006. With prime Paxton soils on the land, she contacted NRCS for help protecting it.
Gary Randall believes that the improvements he made to his 100 year old cranberry bog with the help of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Plymouth County Conservation District will ensure that it will be in production for another century.
Date: Jun 1, 2013
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