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Clean energy lobby says it’s ‘get serious’ time; state not on track to meet 2030 goals
12-21-2023 6:03 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Massachusetts will fail to hit a major emissions reduction requirement in 2030 unless Beacon Hill passes significant legislation to accelerate progress, leaders of a top advocacy group warned this week.As plans begin to take shape for the...


46 acres protected from development in Ashfield
12-21-2023 11:48 AM

ASHFIELD — A new conservation restriction held by the Franklin Land Trust will protect 46 acres of land owned by Ashfield resident Peter Corens from future development and subdivision.According to the Franklin Land Trust, the property, located along...


Hall Tavern Farm in Charlemont oversees once-in-a-decade forest management practice
12-17-2023 3:34 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — With a once-in-a-decade practice having been carried out, it was a noteworthy year at Jay Healy’s Hall Tavern Farm.The roughly 350 acres owned by Healy’s family is the site of the oldest operational certified tree farm in the state....


Speaking of Nature: The winterberry —  A winter treasure
12-17-2023 1:11 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

With Christmas just around the corner, preparations for the big day are in full swing. Just last weekend I visited my parents’ house in South Amherst and I participated in a new activity: card making. My mother has become a real fan of creating...


EarthTalk: Making this year the greenest holiday season ever
12-17-2023 1:10 PM

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: The holiday season brings so much food and packaging waste. What can I do to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem this year? — Bridget Wilson, Philadelphia, PAWe all love the holiday season for its traditions and...


Nature Photo Contest
12-17-2023 1:08 PM


Speaking of Nature: Purple Finches appear this year?
12-10-2023 7:00 PM

We are midway through the month of December and I have started a new list. The current record for the number of birds observed in my yard in the month of Dec. is 31 species and that record was set just last year. On my first day of observations I...


Speaking of Nature: No bird record set in November
12-10-2023 3:34 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I’ll just get straight to the point – it didn’t happen. Try as I might, I was unable to break the record for the number of bird species observed in my yard. For about a week it looked as though my magical record-breaking streak of four consecutive...


EarthTalk: War and the environment 
12-10-2023 11:27 AM

By RODDY SCHEER and DOUG MOSS

Dear EarthTalk: What sort of environmental toll are the major military conflicts going on around the world now taking?— J.D., Salem, NHNo one questions the fact that war is horrible, and it is no less so for the environment. And recent major conflicts...


Two arrested after allegedly shooting deer from truck in Colrain
12-05-2023 5:25 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts Environmental Police arrested two brothers Saturday night after they allegedly shot a deer from their truck while in Colrain.Police arrested Colrain resident Seth Doull, 51, and Worthington resident Ira Doull, 46, on...


Local food and the balance of nature: Charlemont brothers tout hunting lifestyle
12-04-2023 2:50 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Walking through the woods in late autumn with the Coates brothers is an eye-opening experience. “Look here,” said Brandin Coates, 42, crouching to brush leaves aside. “A doe was here within the last day or so.” When asked how he detected footprints...


State keeps pace with climate goals
12-04-2023 2:49 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

On the route to decarbonization, the state is so far on target with its goals, the Healey administration says, but there is more work to be done with the most intense period of rapid decarbonization quickly approaching.Gov. Maura Healey’s...


Bill seeks to relax forest management practices
11-30-2023 6:28 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BOSTON — Multiple Franklin County and North Quabbin residents testified Wednesday in favor of a bill that aims to change forest management and conservation efforts in the state. H.4150, “An act relative to forest protection” filed by state Rep....


‘A very hopeful thing to do’: In eco-friendly effort, students plant trees in South Deerfield
11-17-2023 9:00 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a partnership between schools and town government, students of the Frontier Regional and Franklin County Technical schools got their hands dirty Thursday morning through a small community service opportunity.On the grassy lawn...


Environmental advocates hosting ‘people’s hearing’ on Connecticut River rights
11-16-2023 2:28 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Song, poetry and testimony will flow freely at the Shea Theater Arts Center on Saturday as environmental advocates protest FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s operations on the Connecticut River.The Connecticut River Defenders’ “A...


The Compost Cooperative gets $50K boost to make natural fertilizer
11-13-2023 1:50 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD – Thanks to a $50,000 grant, The Compost Cooperative can finally produce its own natural fertilizer by developing a system using the feces, or vermicast, of red wiggler worms.“It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for two years because...


Speaking of Nature: The American Tree Sparrow
11-12-2023 11:14 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

As I write this column I am looking out my office window at a world that is enduring its first winter storm of the season. Back in October we saw the first flakes of snow, but that wasn’t really enough to describe as a storm. It was thrilling to see,...


Climate chief calls for Mass Save changes
11-12-2023 1:46 PM

By STELLA TANNENBAUM

Massachusetts’ efforts to meet its net zero goals and measure up to neighboring states may mean an overhaul of energy efficiency program Mass Save, according to Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer’s recent report.The state’s Clean Energy and Climate Plan...


McGovern files bill to expand Connecticut River conservation
11-08-2023 3:17 PM

HADLEY — U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern is calling on the federal government to establish a new, expansive conservation strategy for the Connecticut River.The Worcester Democrat joined with conservation advocates, lawmakers and others last weekend to promote...


Ecological restoration practices showcased at Montague Plains tour
10-31-2023 1:52 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Ecologists and researchers observed more than three decades worth of conservation efforts with their own eyes during a recent tour of the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area.Attendees discussed seven subtopics across as many stops...

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