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Hampshire County Conservation Resources

Arcadia | Mass Audubon | Nature Connection
Site provides information about the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, upcoming events and programs, maps, and links to the Mass Audubon site

Broad Brook Coalition
Started to preserve the city's wonderful Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area, this group now helps maintain it and supports local conservation efforts.

Center for the Environment: A Sense of Place
From Mount Holyoke College (MHC), the Center for the Environment (CE) is primarily concerned with promoting environmental awareness for the MHC community, but there are many resources that Hampshire county residents will find useful. In the Campus Ecology and Environmental Monitoring section of the Web site, the user will find resources about natural places, biodiversity, and regional environmental issues.

Center for Ecological Technology (CET)
Since 1976, CET's mission is "to research, develop, demonstrate and promote those technologies which have the least disruptive impact on the natural ecology of the Earth." CET's Web site has an extensive list of links to help you get started researching such topics as air quality, composting, energy efficient resources, as well as a calendar of events and ecological tips for your home, business, farm, community, or school. CET has offices in Northampton (26 Market Street), Pittsfield, and Springfield.

Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC)
Founded in 1952, the CRWC's mission is to promote improvement of water quality and the restoration and conservation of the natural resources of the Connecticut River. The Web site contains a photographic tour of the River, publications and reports from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and other reputable organizations, an online directory of organizations working on environmental issues in the Connecticut River watershed, ongoing news about what the group is doing, and links to related resources.

Connecticut Valley Summit (Kestrel Trust)
The Connecticut Valley Summit is a citizens' group comprised of residents of the Connecticut River Valley that works on making the Valley a better place. Currently, the group focuses on the 9 cities and towns that border the Mt. Tom and Mt. Holyoke Ranges: Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, Holyoke, South Hadley, West Springfield, and Westfield. Trail work, fundraising, and increasing environmental awareness are just a small part of this group's work.

Earth 911: Recycling Centers, Water Pollution and Conservation, Earth Day
A site that offers community-specific resources on environmental issues. Simply enter your zip code in the space provided on the Web site, or you may also call 1-800-CLEANUP, to find information about local recycling centers, green shopping, energy conservation, household hazardous waste, environmental education, composting, and many other resources.

Highland Communities Initiative (HCI)
A program of the Trustees of Reservations, HCI seeks to encourage conservation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the Highlands Communities: the 38 towns that lie between the Housatonic and Connecticut River Valleys, and the Vermont and Connecticut borders. HCI's site provides a nice resource library, links to upcoming events, and a list of related links.

Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation
From the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (NREC) Program provides educational materials and programs related to preserving or enhancing the quality of natural resources. The site has many useful sections, which have links, publications, online documents and presentations, and current projects in various fields, such as: Watersheds and Water Quality; Wetlands; Fish, Wildlife, and Biodiversity; Land Use; and much more.

UMass Extension
The UMass Extension is part of the Cooperative Extension System and sponsors statewide programs in Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Agriculture and Landscape, and many more. Specifically, The Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation program brings together scientists, natural resource professionals, conservationists, and educators to provide educational programs focused on natural resource conservation. see Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation above).

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF)
The WRLF is a non-profit, member-supported land trust. Working since 1986, the WRLF has helped to protect over 3,000 acres of scenic farm and forestland in the Williamstown area. WRLF's site has trail maps, conservation restriction information, a gallery of photographs, links to other local conservation groups, and information about how to become involved in this important organization.

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