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Simon's Rock Global Climate Education Initiative
01:21PM / Monday, March 21, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock is joining more than 300 universities, high schools, and other organizations around the world to focus on climate change    On Sunday, March 27 through Thursday, March 31, Simon's Rock will host an open dialogue on the topic of "Climate Solutions and Justice" in Massachusetts.    Members of the public can attend remote events via the links in the brochure.   This will be one of many similar events held across the planet in late March, as part of the WorldWide Teach-in on Climate and Justice sponsored by Bard College in New York. Worldwide, from Austria to Alabama, Kyrgyzstan to Kentucky,

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Berkshire Community Land Trust Welcomes New Board Members
03:50PM / Tuesday, March 08, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. The Berkshire Community Land Trust announced two additions to the Board of Trustees: Sarah Downie and Regi Wingo.   Downie Downie joins the Board as a professional representative. Downie is a partner in the law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges, LLP in New York City, where she concentrates her practice on pension and other employee benefit matters. She is recognized as a leading employee benefits lawyer in New York by Chambers USA, is named among Lawdragon's "500 Leading U.S. Employment Lawyers" and is recognized by Super Lawyers.    She served as Chair of the New York City Bar Association's Employee Benefits and Executive

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Sheffield Land Trust Virtual Winter Lecture
12:33PM / Friday, March 04, 2022
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The Sheffield Land Trust's 24th Annual Winter Lecture is called "More Birds! More Bees! More Butterflies! Fewer Invasives! Taking Care of our Land in a Changing Climate."     The event is virtual on Saturday, March 5 at 4:30pm, via Zoom.  The slide show presentations will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.   The Berkshires is home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in Massachusetts. Find out what conservation organizations are doing to take care of their land in a changing climate —and what you can do to take care of yours    The hour-long presentation will be given by panel of

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USDA: Agriculture Counts!
By King Whetstone, Regional Director, USDA-NASS, Northeastern Regional Field Office
02:49PM / Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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  As a new year kicks off, our agency reflects on major milestones achieved during 2021. The agricultural community gained two new geospatial decision support tools, and will soon have first-time data on hemp production, conservation practice adoption motivations, farmer demographics, and agroforestry practices.   Also, throughout 2021, we conducted extensive research, development, and live tests of numerous core data collection — and dissemination-related systems. This ongoing work aims to increasingly modernize how we interact with the public, making it easier for farmers and ranchers to ensure their voice is counted and enhance access for all those seeking National

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Flying Cloud Institute and Greenagers February Break Program
12:11PM / Thursday, January 27, 2022
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SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass. — Flying Cloud Institute and Greenagers will hold a science and art exploration program during the February school break for children aged 9 to 13 years.    It runs February 21 - 24, 2022, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (with early drop-off at 8:30 am), at the April Hill Education and Conservation Center in South Egremont.    Participants will engage in science investigations, art projects, engineering challenges and nature explorations. This program was last held in February 2020, when activities included investigating temperature by making their own thermometers, exploring endo- and exothermic reactions by designing a cold pack or heat pack, and

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Grant Supports Stewardship of Bow Wow Woods
12:22PM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
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EGREMONT, Mass. — The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has awarded a Wild East Action Fund grant of $50,000 to Greenagers in support of the Bow Wow Woods project.   The ATC grant will support Greenagers' advancement of the conservation of the wild, scenic and cultural assets of Bow Wow Woods which lie adjacent to the Appalachian Trail (AT) corridor. Most of Bow Wow Woods is a mature, healthy forest of conifers and deciduous trees.    "Greenagers is thrilled to be a part of this conservation collaborative and grateful to the ATC for their generous award. Through stewardship practices and environmental education, we look forward to instilling in local youth a

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South County Towns Receive Climate Change Resilience Grants
12:43PM / Thursday, January 13, 2022
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BOSTON – Great Barrington and Sheffield both received grant funding through the Department of Fish and Game's (DFG) Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife)   The Baker-Polito Administration announced $216,078 in grants through the Climate Change Resilience Grant Opportunity Program to five conservation organizations and municipalities.    "The Commonwealth's investments in improving wildlife habitat will assist in the restoration of regional biodiversity throughout the state," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Through the Climate Change Habitat Resilience Grant Opportunity Program, the positive management actions being taken are natural

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Bidwell House Property Preserved With Conservation Restriction
04:01AM / Monday, January 03, 2022
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MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum announced the preservation of about 180 acres of its property.     Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Monterey Preservation Land Trust (MPLT) will co-hold the Conservation Restriction. The CR was signed and made official on Dec. 15, 2021.    "The Museum is deeply indebted to Lew and Joyce Scheffey, whose Turkeybush Foundation provided $300,000 for the preservation; and to BNRC and MPLT, whose resources and assistance helped to make this happen," Museum Director Heather Kowalski said. "The funds received as part of the new conservation restriction will help provide financial security to the

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First Day Hike on the Mount Greylock Reservation
08:55AM / Friday, December 31, 2021
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Department of Conservation and recreation will host a First Day Hike on the Bradley Farm Trail, part of the Mount Greylock State Reservation.    "The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to continue the tradition of offering First Day hikes at state parks throughout the Commonwealth again this year," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "There is nothing more invigorating than hiking through one of our beautiful parks with family and friends, and we're pleased to offer the opportunity kick off the New Year by getting outside and exploring the wonderful natural resources we have here in

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Berkshire County Pollinator and Native Plant Initiative
08:30AM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Conservation District received grant funding to address the decline of native pollinators and their host plants across all landscapes.   The funding comes from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water and Related Resources and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures. The funds will help the district continue its commitment to conservation and sustainability in the community.     This funding will enable the district to launch a new program to support habitats, including pollinator plantings and to increase the number of Berkshire communities adopting

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