Key W.D. Cowls forestland protected in $3.34M deal
Jan01

Key W.D. Cowls forestland protected in $3.34M deal

Nine years after completing the largest contiguous private land conservation arrangement in the state’s history, additional W.D. Cowls forestland totaling 2,038 acres, between North Amherst and the Quabbin Reservoir, is being permanently protected.On Wednesday, state officials announced the creation of the Walter Cowls Jones Working Forest, which supplements the 3,486-acre Paul C. Jones Working Forest and will serve to protect water...

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Key W.D. Cowls forestland protected in $3.25M deal
Jan01

Key W.D. Cowls forestland protected in $3.25M deal

Nine years after completion of the largest contiguous private land conservation arrangement in the state’s history, additional W.D. Cowls forestland totaling 2,038 acres between North Amherst and the Quabbin Reservoir is being permanently protected.On Wednesday, state officials announced the creation of the Walter Cowls Jones Working Forest, which supplements the 3,486-acre Paul C. Jones Working Forest and will serve to protect water...

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Reduce holiday trash and have a greener new year
Dec29

Reduce holiday trash and have a greener new year

Statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that during the holiday season, the average American family throws away 25 percent more trash than they usually do. Think about your household: could some of this trash be reduced, reused, recycled or composted? Reducing holiday trash can help households save money on “Pay As You Throw” town trash stickers or bags, reduce carbon and methane emissions, and protect the...

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Christmas trees sought for goats in Amherst
Dec28

Christmas trees sought for goats in Amherst

AMHERST — With hay expensive and somewhat scarce due to last summer’s drought, an Amherst woman who raises goats is again seeking Christmas trees to support the animals’ regular diet.Michelle Chandler, of 326 West Pomeroy Lane, is hoping area residents looking for a free and safe way to dispose of their trees drop them in her yard, on the west side facing the Hadley town line.Chandler said the trees, which should have all ornaments...

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A plastic conscience: Project aims to eliminate political sign waste
Dec26

A plastic conscience: Project aims to eliminate political sign waste

SHUTESBURY — Plastic-coated political signs are designed to withstand the natural elements during campaign season, their durability making them ideal for placement on lawns and along the street.As many end up in the waste stream, though, a Shutesbury artist is trying to remind the public of the dangers posed by a throwaway culture and promoting reuse as being the most environmentally responsible thing to do with them.“We’re doing what...

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Passion for environmental education inspires new Shelburne Falls-based nonprofit
Dec22

Passion for environmental education inspires new Shelburne Falls-based nonprofit

SHELBURNE FALLS — When he was 10 years old, James Boehmer spent his savings on a camera he could use to take photos during a field trip to the aquarium.From that grew a passion for using words and images to educate others on the natural world — inspiring the recent creation of EarthHub.TV, a Shelburne Falls-based nonprofit that functions as a “hub” for educational videos on the environment created by team members and the public. “I...

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