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Valley Views: Nonotuck Park Winter

Friday, January 30, 2015

Nonotuck Park Pond, Winter Bill Halford Way, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bob Solosko, Easthampton Several months ago, while walking through the woods at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton, I came across a small pond that I thought would be interesting to photograph. After a recent snowfall, I went back to the pond and found that, when covered with snow, it …

HEADING OUTDOORS: Upcoming outdoor activities in the area

Friday, January 2, 2015

∎  DCR Accessible Winter Recreation — The state Department of Conservation and Recreation hosts accessible winter recreation for persons with disabilities, their families, and friends. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendell State Forest, Montague Road, Wendell. Skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, more. Free. Pre-registration is required. All Out Adventures, 584-2052.  ∎ Snowshoeing for Seniors — All Out Adventures sponsors snowshoeing for ages 60 …

Earth Matters: Trees are nature’s hydraulic wonders

Friday, January 30, 2015

Every year when maple sugaring time rolls around, I try to figure out when to tap the trees to make the most out of our short sugar season. It largely depends on the weather, and how the trees respond to it. The latter is actually quite complicated. Trees have a remarkable ability to …

Bird sightings

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two barnacle geese and a white-fronted goose are among a large flock of Canada geese in the river beside and below the island in …

Partnership seeks to protect forest land in western Massachusetts

Friday, January 16, 2015

After working for more than a year with woodlot owners around Franklin County and finding a need for help improving forest health, the regional government will join 11 other organizations in a conservation project to help region’s economy. It could lead eventually to a wood pellet factory to …

Plainfield videographer’s documentary about compressor stations along pipeline route to be shown in Erving

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Plainfield videographer’s documentary about compressor stations, like the one planned along the proposed route for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Northfield, will be screened as part of an informational meeting planned by North Quabbin Pipeline Action at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Erving Senior-Community Center on …

Hatfield Solar venture sold to NuGen Capital Management before unfavorable court ruling

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

HATFIELD — Town officials and opponents of a large-scale solar power plant planned for Hatfield said they were surprised to learn this week the company behind the facility sold the project last summer. The news comes less than …

Environmentalists concerned new owner of Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage project may stop erosion control

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No one ever thought it would be easy, more than 20 years ago, when regional, state and federal agencies, together with environmental groups, joined to pressure the owners of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to halt and repair erosion along a 20-mile stretch of the Connecticut River. …

Report by Sightline Institute of Seattle details problems with projects by Kinder Morgan, parent of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A recently published report by a Seattle-based research organization points to a litany of spills, explosions, and other mishaps involving Kinder Morgan, the parent of the company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through western Massachusetts on its route from Pennsylvania to Dracut. The 15-page report, …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

IN THE NEWS Ocean terminal for liquefied natural gas debated EATONTOWN, N.J. — Plans for an ocean terminal to import liquefied natural gas off the coast of New York and New Jersey are generating a heated debate. Liberty Natural Gas wants to build a $600 million docking station …

State launches $30 million residential loan program to help homeowners finance solar electric projects

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The state Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs last week announced plans to roll out a new $30 million residential solar loan program to make it easier for homeowners to finance solar electric projects. The Mass Solar Loan program, to be administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reschedules public meetings about project to later this month, February

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has rescheduled a series of “open house” public meetings about its Northeast Energy Direct project, with one of the sessions planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. The meetings will include no formal presentation about …

Lawyer representing Deerfield Board of Health raises questions about destination of natural gas that would flow through controversial pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a portion of the natural gas that would flow into New England through the pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Co. is for export, that could support the town’s ban on pipeline construction within its borders, according to the lawyer representing the Board of Health. …