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August Is Forest Pest Awareness Month — Stay on the Lookout to Help Massachusetts’ Trees Posted on Aug 20

August Is Forest Pest Awareness Month — Stay on the Lookout to Help Massachusetts’ Trees

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). Governor Baker has declared August to be Forest Pest Awareness Month, which reflects a longstanding tradition in the Commonwealth of valuing the environment, as well as understanding the impact that environmental   …Continue Reading August Is Forest Pest Awareness Month — Stay on the Lookout to Help Massachusetts’ Trees

6 Ways to Practice Clean Boating in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 11

6 Ways to Practice Clean Boating in Massachusetts

From bilge maintenance to debris cleanup, Bay State boaters can do their part to preserve Massachusetts’ stunning coastal regions. The Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), a division of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), provides clean boating tips to get you   …Continue Reading 6 Ways to Practice Clean Boating in Massachusetts

Seeking Local Beach Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2015 Posted on Jul 16

Seeking Local Beach Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2015

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, written by Claudia Geib. What do a couch cushion, corn cob pipe, toenail clipper, fake mustache, and cement dragon have in common? They’re all items that were found on Massachusetts beaches   …Continue Reading Seeking Local Beach Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2015

6 Ways to Protect the Massachusetts Coast Posted on Jun 26

6 Ways to Protect the Massachusetts Coast

Did you know that the Massachusetts coastline is long enough to cover the distance from Boston to Miami on Interstate 95? Read these useful tips from the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to learn how you can help preserve over 1,500 miles of the Commonwealth’s coast. Stay   …Continue Reading 6 Ways to Protect the Massachusetts Coast

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts Posted on May 12

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Whether you’re biking to get in shape, get to work, or have some fun, the Commonwealth has something to offer you. The Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), and the Department of   …Continue Reading The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know Posted on Apr 30

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know

Rabies may be found in a variety of animals native to the Commonwealth, including raccoons, skunks, bats, woodchucks, and foxes. These animals can infect humans and pets, so residents should understand the symptoms of rabies in Massachusetts wildlife and stay clear of possibly infected animals.

Save Money and Commute Green with MassRIDES Posted on Apr 2

Save Money and Commute Green with MassRIDES

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the average commuter releases 23.3 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air on every drive-alone trip to work. That’s more than 5,500 pounds a year. You can help improve Massachusetts’ air quality and save money at   …Continue Reading Save Money and Commute Green with MassRIDES

Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free Posted on Mar 13

Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Program (MTCP), part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), tackles this issue by promoting tips for kicking the   …Continue Reading Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free

How You Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms at Home and Work Posted on Mar 6

How You Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms at Home and Work

More than 75 percent of adults with asthma either have poor control over their symptoms or no control at all, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Asthma Advocacy Partnership (MAAP). Asthma attacks can range from mild to severe, but   …Continue Reading How You Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms at Home and Work

Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers Posted on Jan 15

Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

You don’t have to smoke or be exposed to second-hand smoke to get lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year. One in four homes in Massachusetts has the potential to   …Continue Reading Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers