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Climate expert to speak at All Souls Church in Greenfield
04-04-2024 12:58 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — William Moomaw is accustomed to giving lectures on the effects of climate change, but not from the pulpit of a place of worship.That is set to change on Sunday morning, when the retired Tufts University professor will visit Greenfield to...


As Earth Day approaches, blue trash bags available for litter cleanup in Greenfield
03-29-2024 2:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Residents can pick up blue trash bags to fill with litter for free curbside pickup at any time of year. But, says the man who organizes the Franklin County Rivers Cleanup, what better month to remind people about that fact than the one...


Conservation restriction protects 47 acres in Shelburne
03-17-2024 10:01 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE — Roughly 47 acres on the east side of Reynolds and Patten roads are being protected under a conservation restriction held by the Franklin Land Trust.The land, formerly part of the “old Dean Farm” acquired by Catherine “Kiki” Smith and...


Harvard Forest exhibits offer information on history through dioramas
03-03-2024 12:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

At Harvard Forest in Petersham, visitors can learn about the forest and its history through dioramas dating back to the 1930s. The dioramas and the museum that was built for them was the idea of Richard T. Fisher, who was named director and primary...


Climate justice activist Flowers gives keynote at UMass for Black History Month
03-01-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Before acclaimed environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers said one word about herself at the outset of a talk at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday night, she expressed gratitude to marginalized communities across...


Nature Photo Contest
02-19-2024 7:02 AM


Speaking of Nature: Midnight wail — The call of the Red Fox
02-19-2024 6:00 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was early in the morning.  I had a fresh cup of coffee and a little something to nibble on as I sat down at my computer and tried to make a decision.  What was I going to write about this week?  There were two ideas rattling around in my head but...


Local artist seeks building facades to share pro-environmental message
02-16-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A local artist hopes some Main Street building owners are willing to donate or rent their facades to exhibit a climate crisis tribute to Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.Joseph “JJ” White has crafted a 17½-foot-wide,...


One man’s garbage: Majority of land hermit crab species now use trash for shells
01-27-2024 9:30 PM

By FRANCES VINALL

The majority of terrestrial hermit crab species worldwide have used trash as shells, according to a study by experts at two Polish universities to be published next month.The study analyzed publicly available images of hermit crabs online and past...


Land gift provides vital conservation, recreation link in hilltowns
01-23-2024 10:49 AM

A recent donation of 132 acres to Hilltown Land Trust will link Williamsburg’s Briar Hill Conservation Area to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Forest in Goshen, extending hiking trails and wildlife corridors, conservation...


Art inspired by nature’s relationships: Montague resident shares artworks and tidbits about our natural world
01-16-2024 10:46 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Contra dance enthusiasts and Montague May Day fans may recognize today’s guest star as Jeanne Weintraub, while people who met the Montague resident following her marriage to Chris Mason — whose sustainability and alternative energy work merits a...


Climate Forestry Committee releases report with state forest management recommendations
01-08-2024 6:23 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has released the long-awaited Climate Forestry Committee’s report, which contains a slew of recommendations for forest management practices in Massachusetts with a key focus on climate...


Outreach program to enhance Deerfield River Watershed stream resources
01-08-2024 12:59 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — An $11,850 grant from the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture’s Coldwater Stewardship Program awarded to the Massachusetts Woodlands Institute and Franklin Land Trust will support engaging the community in coldwater fisheries habitat...


EarthTalk: Old-growth forest inventory shows promising results
01-07-2024 4:25 PM

By TAYLOR CONNELLY

Dear EarthTalk: How much “old-growth” forest is left in the U.S. today and what are we doing to protect it?— Paul Belaire, Chico, CaliforniaScientists have found it tough to settle on a precise definition for old-growth forests. There’s no single...


The state of solar: In final forum, experts debate best ways to implement solar projects
01-03-2024 3:17 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final article from the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum series. The first three forums took place in September, and another series of forums is in the works for this spring. AMHERST — Most experts agree solar...


Western Massachusetts loggers, environmental activists await state forest management policy
01-02-2024 7:11 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

As the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs passes its self-imposed deadline for a new forest management policy after a logging moratorium, people on all sides of the issue are concerned about the future of the state’s forests.The...


Nature Photo Contest
01-02-2024 9:01 AM


EarthTalk: Direct air capture: Secret sauce to climate fight?
12-31-2023 10:01 AM

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How feasible is so-called Direct Air Capture as a tool in mitigating runaway climate change? — James Hawthorne, Tampa, FloridaThe United Nations has emphasized limiting global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels...


New to Greenfield, botanist Claire Hilsinger helping root out invasive species 
12-25-2023 5:00 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Claire Hilsinger moved to western Massachusetts in August, but is already making positive impacts here. A professional botanist who delineates wetlands and does rare plant surveys, Hilsinger helps advise on projects like bridge replacements and...


Speaking of Nature: An immature Cooper’s Hawk gives me a glare
12-25-2023 2:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Dear Reader: I can’t believe that 2023 is almost over. Next week I am going to work on my traditional Year-In-Review column, but today I have decided to give myself permission to go back to one of my favorite photos of 2023. This is a photo that I...

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