Commissioner Rick Sullivan
Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Last week, I went to DCR’s Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, where I had the privilege of sitting on the panel of judges for Massachusetts’ Envirothon. I couldn’t think of a more fitting place as the venue for this competition than Great Brook Farm.
Around 250 high school students from about 40 public and private schools came out to compete in the Canon (North American) Envirothon by showcasing their environmental knowledge.
The participating teams competed in a number of “ecostations” – or categories – comprised of forestry, wildlife, soils, and aquatics, and were required to deliver 15-minute presentations on wetlands protection. Congratulations to this year’s winner of the day-long contest: Lexington High School. Coming in a close second was Monson’s Environmental Action Team.
Students like the ones who participated in this competition are our environmental leaders of tomorrow. They are our future scientists, policymakers, teachers, and innovators who will face and solve the challenges of climate change, sustainable development, and preservation of open space. I encourage everyone to support educational efforts such as this to inspire and engage students in environmental issues.
Great job, everyone!
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.