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Conservation Connection e-blast - November 1, 2013

Conservation Connection e-blast


The latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners


A farmer and an NRCS employee discuss conservation planning in a field.Farmers and forest landowners: sign-up for USDA-NRCS conservation programs by Jan. 17th

Do you own or manage farmland or forest land in Massachusetts? Would you like help addressing natural resource concerns on your land? If so, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) encourages you to get in touch with your local NRCS office by January 17, 2014 to apply for federal conservation programs that can provide financial and technical assistance.

From the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project blog:

The Incredible Journey to Santuit Pond

Santuit Pond fish ladder and dam.The new fish ladder and dam at Santuit Pond in Mashpee are complete! Santuit Pond is a 166 acre pond surrounded by active and abandoned cranberry bogs in Mashpee, Massachusetts. It is also a spawning pond for river herring. Every spring, migrating adult river herring make the incredible journey from the deep ocean to Nantucket Sound to the Santuit River to reproduce. Their ultimate destination is Santuit Pond, but in past years they have encountered problems getting there.

Infographic: Health Soil Secrets

(Click the graphic below to view/download the full-size version.)

There are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on earth.

There are more soil microorganisms in a teaspoon of healthy soil than there are PEOPLE ON THE EARTH!

Millions of species and billions of organisms -- bacteria, algae, microscopic insects, earthworms, beetles, ants, mites, fungi and more -- represent the greatest concentration of biomass anywhere on the planet! Microbes, which make up only one half of one percent of the total soil mass, are the yeasts, algae, protozoa, bacteria, nematodes, and fungi that process organic matter into rich, dark, stable humus in the soil.

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