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Yearly Archives: 2011

When your green tree turns brown…recycle it! Posted on Dec 23

When your green tree turns brown…recycle it!

Jessica Macfarlane Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Jessica's Bio The decorations are up, the tree is lit…but after the festivities, what do you do with your newly browned tree?  Don’t just simply add it to the garbage – take   …Continue Reading When your green tree turns brown…recycle it!

Accessible Winter Activities Posted on Dec 21

Accessible Winter Activities

Marcy Marchello Universal Access Program Coordinator, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Marcy's Bio The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is kicking off its Universal Access Program winter activities season! Running through March, this program was created to make outdoor recreation in   …Continue Reading Accessible Winter Activities

Right Whales: Which Way the Wind Blows Posted on Dec 16

Right Whales: Which Way the Wind Blows

Erin Burke Protected Species Specialist, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) View Erin's Bio Since 1998, the Division Marine Fisheries and our partners at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies have been monitoring right whales in Cape Cod Bay. Starting in 2007, the number of whales sighted   …Continue Reading Right Whales: Which Way the Wind Blows

Ringing up the 12 Days of Christmas Posted on Dec 13

Ringing up the 12 Days of Christmas

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares' Bio The holiday season is upon us with just 12 days to go before Christmas Day! It’s the perfect time to  to reflect on the classic Twelve Days of Christmas carol. In the   …Continue Reading Ringing up the 12 Days of Christmas

Weekly outdoor events 12/12 Posted on Dec 12

Weekly outdoor events 12/12

Jessica Macfarlane Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Jessica's Bio On Wednesday, December 14, Mad Science will be taking over DCR’s Fall River Heritage State Park for Mad Science Presents: Lab Night! Come join the fun – there will be   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events 12/12

Cold weather safety tips Posted on Dec 9

Cold weather safety tips

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio Soon, winter jackets and snow boots will begin to reappear and it’s important to remember that your clothing is not the only thing that needs to be adjusted with   …Continue Reading Cold weather safety tips

Weekly outdoor events 12/5 Posted on Dec 5

Weekly outdoor events 12/5

Jessica Macfarlane Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Jessica's Bio On Friday, December 9, come listen to some live holiday tunes at DCR’s Mount Greylock State Reservation from 6:30 to 8 p.m.   A free, fun and interactive holiday performance will   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events 12/5

Weekly outdoor events 11/28 Posted on Nov 28

Weekly outdoor events 11/28

Jessica Macfarlane Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Jessica's Bio Now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas shopping and preparations begin, let us not forget about those in need.  On Sunday, December 4, join some of DCR’s Blue Hills. Park   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events 11/28

Green is the new black this Friday Posted on Nov 25

Green is the new black this Friday

Jessica Macfarlane Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Jessica's Bio On Friday, November 25, 2011, the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Scott J. Soares celebrated the kick-off of the annual Christmas tree cutting and harvesting season at Ioka Valley   …Continue Reading Green is the new black this Friday

Supporting our troops: an outdoorswoman at home and abroad Posted on Nov 24

Supporting our troops: an outdoorswoman at home and abroad

Edward M. Lambert Jr. Commissioner, Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) View Edwards’s Bio In early June 2011, soldiers from Unit 1173 DDSB (Deployment and Distribution Batallion), deployed from Brockton and arrived in Kuwait. Greeted with high temperatures, strong winds, and a sandstorm – which   …Continue Reading Supporting our troops: an outdoorswoman at home and abroad