Acting Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration
Keeping with the theme that June is Massachusetts Rivers Month, I wanted to highlight a couple of paddling guides that would inspire you to kayak a river or canoe a creek.
One of the best paddling guides is the Sudbury River Boater’s Trail in Wayland and Concord. Check out this internet map-based guide that highlights natural and cultural wonders that makes the Sudbury River a nationally recognized Wild and Scenic River. The map points out Thoreau’s landmarks, gives you wildlife tips such as marsh wren hangouts, and is broken into three, five-mile trips best done in half-day increments.
If salt water is more your thing, there is a water trail guide to the North Shore’s Great Marsh (see photos below) worth investigating. The Great Marsh is New England’s largest salt marsh at over 20,000 acres and is chock-full of meandering creeks, oak islands and ephemeral tidal flats.
The guide highlights access points, points of interest and has most of what you need to know (except local clam shacks) from Salisbury to Rockport.
Getting to know and love a river is the first step in restoring it. A partial list of the groups protecting our rivers and watersheds.
See you on the water.
The View from Massachusetts posted on Sep 17
While Massachusetts can claim significant success in urban river revitalization, dam removal, cranberry bog naturalization and stream flow restoration, globally there are daunting challenges to restore highly impacted or vanishing ecosystems that will test the acumen of ecologists, engineers and politicians for years to come.
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September posted on Sep 12
September’s photo contest winner was Gary Kamen, who photographed Mount Warner Vineyard in Hadley. Mount Warner Vineyards is a farm-winery located in Hadley, a small town in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Operated by Gary and Bobbie Kamen, their philosophy is to recognize the unique characteristics of …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September
Calling All Shuckers! posted on Sep 3
Do you know where the oysters you ate at the raw bar last night were grown? Do you know how oysters are grown? Oysters naturally inhabited the eastern coast dating back to the 1700s, but due to over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss, wild oysters have …Continue Reading Calling All Shuckers!