Acting Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration
Thanksgiving is around the corner and it’s got me thinking about family, friends and cranberries. Last month, I visited the site of an abandoned Plymouth cranberry bog to kick-off a project to restore the wetlands and the river that runs through it. What an amazing spot. As the Acting Director of the Division of Ecological Restoration, I get to visit some of the state’s most beautiful landscapes. It’s our job to restore the Commonwealth’s critical aquatic ecosystems, like these wetlands and rivers. Fall is a great time to get out and see these special places…and most of all fish them!
If you’re interested in seeing a completed bog restoration, visit the Lyman Reserve , a Trustees of Reservations property in Wareham and Plymouth. There you will see a former cranberry bog landscape restored with the help of A.D. Makepeace, the region’s largest cranberry grower. Today, the Red Brook there is home to “salter” brook trout and other native species.
Southeastern Massachusetts has 25,000 acres of cranberry bogs. A fraction of these bogs have been purchased or donated for wildlife conservation. Ecologists, biologists and engineers are restoring bogs that are no longer in production to provide habitat for fish and wildlife. Click here for some photos of my trip to Plymouth to visit the 40-acre Eel River restoration project.
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.