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Yearly Archives: 2013

A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach Posted on Oct 16

A Last Gasp of Summer - Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach

As the COASTSWEEP Intern, I’ve been involved in a lot of the behind-the-scenes work to get supplies, sponsors and spread the word about this event. On September 12, I finally had the opportunity to get to the beach and participate in my first-ever COASTSWEEP cleanup.   …Continue Reading A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer Posted on Oct 10

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

If you love the outdoors and have an interest in activities like hunting and fishing,  , there is a career option that may be perfect for you. A Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer enforces all general laws of the Commonwealth that pertaining to the protection of natural   …Continue Reading How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

Eat and Learn Boston Local Food Festival Posted on Oct 3

Eat and Learn Boston Local Food Festival

Attention! The 4th Annual Boston Local Food Festival is set to take place this upcoming Sunday, October 6th from 11am-5pm. This is a free outdoor festival showcasing local farmers, restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers and other organizations focusing on healthy food. Our recent posts   …Continue Reading Eat and Learn Boston Local Food Festival

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time Posted on Sep 30

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time

Since 1987, thousands of volunteers have scoured the shores of Massachusetts through COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). These dedicated volunteers collect and document “marine debris,” the technical term for trash and other discarded items that   …Continue Reading COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time

If There’s A Market, There’s A Way Posted on Sep 26

If There's A Market, There's A Way

Every season a market that’s pleasin’ is within a distance of reason. The markets of farmers are sure to always be charmers. Offering fresh and local produce; don’t be a silly goose by venturing to the grocery store when there are community-based vendors to explore!   …Continue Reading If There’s A Market, There’s A Way

Surviving Moosachusetts: Moose and Deer Safety Tips Posted on Sep 23

Surviving Moosachusetts: Moose and Deer Safety Tips

Autumn in New England brings plenty of activities to look forward to, whether it’s sipping apple cider, picking pumpkins or enjoying the famous foliage. While you are out and about enjoying your seasonal favorites, be alert to the presence of moose and deer. Many people   …Continue Reading Surviving Moosachusetts: Moose and Deer Safety Tips

The Big E: The Heart of Massachusetts Farms Posted on Sep 19

The Big E: The Heart of Massachusetts Farms

Nothing says Massachusetts agriculture, community and history like the Big E. The annual state fair in West Springfield is now in full swing and is scheduled to run until September 29th. The Big E is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard, including exhibits   …Continue Reading The Big E: The Heart of Massachusetts Farms

The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity? Posted on Sep 4

The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity?

There are few things that beachgoers fear more than that dark, triangular shape skimming the water’s surface. With movies like Jaws and the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, sharks have smoothly glided into mainstream culture. Horror stories and newspaper articles of shark attacks abound, s0 it’s   …Continue Reading The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity?

August is Tree Check Month Posted on Aug 13

August is Tree Check Month

Have you checked your trees for signs of invasive forest pests? Insects like the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer are a threat to trees across Massachusetts. This month, we’re asking everyone to take just 10 minutes to check the trees in their   …Continue Reading August is Tree Check Month

Congratulations to Our New Environmental Police Officers Posted on Aug 8

Congratulations to Our New Environmental Police Officers

  The mission of the Massachusetts Environmental Police is to protect the environment and natural resources of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through enforcement, education, and public outreach. The men and women who join this great organization go through long hours of training to become officers   …Continue Reading Congratulations to Our New Environmental Police Officers