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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Christmas tree cutting Posted on Nov 30

Christmas tree cutting

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares’ Bio Last week, I joined Pierce Tree Farm co-owners Russ and Dan Pierce (father and son) at an annual tree cutting ceremony at their farm in Lunenberg to kick off the holiday season.   …Continue Reading Christmas tree cutting

Vineyard outing Posted on Nov 25

Vineyard outing

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna’s Bio Did you know that Massachusetts is home to a growing number of wineries? Today, there are 29 Bay State wineries that bottle over 235,690 gallons of wine, compared to 170,550 gallons just   …Continue Reading Vineyard outing

Fabulous fall, be safe Posted on Nov 24

Fabulous fall, be safe

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlifeView Marion’s Bio Fall is a fabulous time to be outdoors with its dazzling colors, crisp air and increased wildlife activity. Whenever I’m hiking, birding or hunting, I try to be sure I’m properly prepared. Weather changes in the fall can   …Continue Reading Fabulous fall, be safe

A Family Thanksgiving Tip Posted on Nov 20

A Family Thanksgiving Tip

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Complete Bio Rick LeBlanc, who’s in charge of the DAR’s MassGrown and Fresher program, just emailed me with a really great tip for a Thanksgiving festivity that must be shared! Each year, the   …Continue Reading A Family Thanksgiving Tip

Dog sledding, walkabout anyone? Posted on Nov 20

Dog sledding, walkabout anyone?

Commissioner Rick Sullivan Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Commissioner Sullivan's Bio Autumn is one of the best seasons to be outdoors (but then so are winter, spring, and summer), and the 450,000 acres of DCR properties are great outdoor places to be.   …Continue Reading Dog sledding, walkabout anyone?

Big broody salmon lurking Posted on Nov 19

Big broody salmon lurking

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion’s Bio For avid anglers out there, I recently got some great news from our Chief of Hatcheries, Ken Simmons. Over 450 broodstock salmon were stocked in selected lakes and ponds across the state in late October. These big,   …Continue Reading Big broody salmon lurking

Blogging about bogs Posted on Nov 17

Blogging about bogs

Tim Purinton Acting Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration View Tim’s Bio 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   …Continue Reading Blogging about bogs

Tippy top b-day Posted on Nov 17

Tippy top b-day

  Gary Briere Recreation Bureau Chief, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Gary’s Bio DCR parks play a prominent role in the lives, celebrations, and aspirations of Massachusetts families. Just ask Duxbury resident Terry Doherty. This fall, she chose to celebrate her 50th birthday   …Continue Reading Tippy top b-day

Welcome to The Great Outdoors! Posted on Nov 17

Welcome to The Great Outdoors!

Secretary Ian A. Bowles Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs View the Secretary’s Bio This blog is dedicated to Massachusetts wildlife, parks, and agriculture, and outdoor activities and events held across the Commonwealth. Posts will range from tips about the greatest state park hikes and   …Continue Reading Welcome to The Great Outdoors!

Meet The Great Outdoors Bloggers Posted on Nov 16

Meet The Great Outdoors Bloggers

Aaron Gross Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police Col. Gross joined the Boston Police Department in 1974 where he began his career patrolling the streets of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and greater Boston, helping to establish over three hundred urban crime watch groups. Prior to joining the Environmental   …Continue Reading Meet The Great Outdoors Bloggers