Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
As I take the helm at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, I’m looking forward to sharing with you all of the exciting things happening outdoors across the Commonwealth.
This year, our staff will be out stocking ponds with fish and tracking the movements of black bears and white sharks. They’ll be celebrating crop harvests, from spring maple syrup through fall apple picking, teaching young anglers and hunters, and surveying our wetlands and rivers. We kicked off the year with some record-breaking news. Earlier this month, volunteers, conservationists and Department of Fish and Game staff spotted a record number of bald eagles – 107 – during the annual winter bald eagle survey. The recovery of this majestic bird is a tribute to statewide efforts to protect the birds and their habitat.
There will be blog posts about hiking, biking, fishing, accessible recreation activities, paddling, agricultural fairs and more. I hope this blog will encourage you to get out and enjoy all there is to see and do outside across Massachusetts and hope that you’ll comment and tell us about your outdoor adventures or engage with us on all our social media channels.
I thank Governor Patrick for the opportunity to lead our environmental agencies in all that they do to protect our environment, maintain our parks, and support our local agricultural industry – and look forward to hearing from you.
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