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Category Archives: Safety

K-9 to the Rescue Posted on Aug 13

K-9 to the Rescue

At 5:35 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, Officer Art O’Connell got a call about two missing girls in Douglas State Park. Officer O’Connell, his partner Diesel and a back up state trooper had to search the 5,900-acre, nine square mile, park on foot, as the canopy of the trees was too thick to search via helicopter and the ground too uneven to search by vehicle.

The MassDEP Experience: Helping Businesses Become Environmentally Friendly Posted on Feb 11

The IRS. The Principal’s office. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). They aren’t always embraced with open arms by taxpayers, students or business owners. Such was the case for David Amanti, CEO of Advance Manufacturing Co. Inc., in Westfield, Mass. “No one ever wants   …Continue Reading The MassDEP Experience: Helping Businesses Become Environmentally Friendly

Winter Boating and Hunting Tips Posted on Jan 23

Winter Boating and Hunting Tips

In light of recent cold water boating tragedies in the Commonwealth, and as we find ourselves in the midst of another cold snap, it’s important to remind boaters and hunters of some facts and tips for surviving the outdoors in frigid temperatures. Safe Boating in   …Continue Reading Winter Boating and Hunting Tips

Tools For Residents During Storm Season Posted on Jan 2

Tools For Residents During Storm Season

Many of us enjoy winter in New England – from skiing and sledding to sipping hot cocoa and watching the gentle fall of snow outside. But, the one thing that might make our teeth chatter is the uncertainty of when the next intense winter storm   …Continue Reading Tools For Residents During Storm Season

Ice Safety Awareness Posted on Dec 17

Ice Safety Awareness

With winter fast approaching, colder temperatures will soon turn our lakes, ponds and streams into a winter wonderland.  Though they can provide wonderful recreational opportunities, it is important to use caution and be aware of the potential dangers that these icy conditions can bring. Here   …Continue Reading Ice Safety Awareness

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie Posted on Nov 18

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

“Many wild edibles can be found as close as your back yard, the vacant lot down the street, the edge of the school ball field or along a bike path.” Wise words on unexpected foodstuffs from Russ Cohen, a rivers advocate for the Massachusetts Department   …Continue Reading A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer Posted on Oct 10

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

If you love the outdoors and have an interest in activities like hunting and fishing,  , there is a career option that may be perfect for you. A Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer enforces all general laws of the Commonwealth that pertaining to the protection of natural   …Continue Reading How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time Posted on Sep 30

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time

Since 1987, thousands of volunteers have scoured the shores of Massachusetts through COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). These dedicated volunteers collect and document “marine debris,” the technical term for trash and other discarded items that   …Continue Reading COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time

Surviving Moosachusetts: Moose and Deer Safety Tips Posted on Sep 23

Surviving Moosachusetts: Moose and Deer Safety Tips

Autumn in New England brings plenty of activities to look forward to, whether it’s sipping apple cider, picking pumpkins or enjoying the famous foliage. While you are out and about enjoying your seasonal favorites, be alert to the presence of moose and deer. Many people   …Continue Reading Surviving Moosachusetts: Moose and Deer Safety Tips

The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity? Posted on Sep 4

The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity?

There are few things that beachgoers fear more than that dark, triangular shape skimming the water’s surface. With movies like Jaws and the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, sharks have smoothly glided into mainstream culture. Horror stories and newspaper articles of shark attacks abound, s0 it’s   …Continue Reading The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity?