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Conservation Connection e-blast - February 17, 2010

Conservation Connection e-blast

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

Recovery Act graphicCape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project receives $5 million in Recovery Act funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $5 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding for the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project in Massachusetts. The federal funding will launch an effort to restore degraded salt marshes and obstructed fish passages, and improve water quality at shellfish sites throughout Cape Cod.

2010 Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference

Learn the nuts and bolts of what it takes to conserve land at the Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference on Saturday, March 27, 2010, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA. Join novice and long-time conservationists for a wide array of workshops and legal, financial, political and social realities of land conservation. Pick up information on conservation programs from NRCS and other organizations in the exhibit area. Co-sponsored by Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition and The Trustees of Reservations' Putnam Conservation Institute.

The Carrot Project's Farmer Microloan Deadline is February 26

The Carrot Project and the Strolling of the Heifers Microloan Fund for New England Farmers will be accepting prequalified applications through February 26th, 2010 for loans of $15,000 or less. Applicants must live in one of the four counties of Western Massachusetts, and must prequalify. For more information, please go to or contact Dorothy Suput at 617-666-9637 or at

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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 |  

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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