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.
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.