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    • Avoid Decorating with Invasive Plants!

      Avoid Decorating with Invasive Plants!

      DFW and DAR highly recommend that people avoid using certain exotic, invasive plants to decorate during holiday seasons.

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    • Prescribed fire at Southwick Wildlife Management Area

      Land Legacy & Key Sites: Protecting our Investment in Public Land

      MassWildlife is completing the largest habitat management effort the agency has ever undertaken.

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    • land protection, patrick administration

      100,000 Acres Protected under the Patrick - Murray Administration

      The Patrick Administration's investment in land conservation resulted in the protection of 100,000 acres and the creation of 150 new parks.

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    • Landscape of Maple Hill WMA

      200,000 Acres Protected

      The Dept. of Fish and Game and MassWildlife celebrate a milestone in protecting critical habitat. Learn more about our protection efforts.

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    • NatureServe Wins McArthur Award!

      NatureServe Wins MacArthur Award!

      NatureServe recently received an award for organizational excellence from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The NHESP is part of the network of 82 natural heritage programs that make up NatureServe.

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  • The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP), part of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, is one of the programs forming the Natural Heritage network .  NHESP is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state. The Program's highest priority is protecting the vertebrate and invertebrate animals and native plants that are officially listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

    The overall goal of the Program is the protection of the state's wide range of native biological diversity. Progress towards this goal is accomplished through the following:

    • Biological Field Surveys & Research
    • Data Management
    • Endangered Species Regulation
    • Rare Species Recovery and Ecological Restoration of Key Habitats
    • Land Protection
    • Education

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