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!
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
Girard’s Sugarhouse in Simsbury, CT. The sugarhouse was built in 1887 and produces around 250-300 gallons of syrup annually. Photo by Michael Girard March’s contest winner was Michael Girard who photographed his family’s sugarhouse in Health. Michael Girard has been a sugarmaker since 1961 when he …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
January’s contest winner was Renee Finnegan, who photographed a pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland. Glenn and Mary Kauppila have been farming 100 acres of land in Rutland for approximately 15 years. With the help of their three adult children, they …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January