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Barcelona Experimenting With Large Car-Free Area

Densely populated cities like Barcelona, Spain are experimenting with ways to make uran areas more livable. One possibility is designating car-free zones, which can improve the quality of life for both residents and urban nature. You can learn more in this video .

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Scientists release a Global Roadmap to Battle Bugpocalypse

Seventy-three scientists recently published an article in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution identifying ways to reverse a worrying global decline in insect populations. You can read more here .

Protecting the Planet Newsletter

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has just published the November edition of its newsletter "Protecting the Planet: Delivering on the Promise of Sydney". You can check it out here .

Juvenile Eagles Return to Belmont's Little Pond

Regular reservation visitor Stephanie Liu recently snapped a picture of a juvenile bald eagle in the trees around Little Pond. You can also watch a video of eagles taken in 2019.

Ecological Landscape Alliance Event

The Ecological Landscape Alliance has an event coming up where you can learn about the health and welfare of urban forests .

Germany to ban glyphosate in 2023

The German government has taken the bold step of agreeing to phase out the use of glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide that also decimates insect populations and is suspected to cause cancer in humans, by 2023. A similar campaign is needed here. Article.

DCR Citizen Forester: Join Tree Steward Training

The September 2019 issue of The Citizen Forester is here! The Citizen Forester is the monthly newsletter of the Massachusetts DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program. Learn how you can join the tree steward training.

In this issue:

  • DCR Participates in Yo-Yo Ma’s Day of Action in Pittsfield
  • Species Spotlight: Smooth Serviceberry, Amelanchier laevis
  • DCR Tree Steward Training - Registration Now Open
  • New Director of Forest Health at DCR – Nicole Keleher
  • Grants, EAB Update, Webinars, and more!
CSO Alerts Issued by City Engineer

The chief engineer for Cambridge issued alerts for CSO (combined sewer overflow) events in Alewife Brook on August 30 and September 2. Avoid contact with contaminated water and be especially careful with children and pets.

Keep up with Ecology scientists in Cambridge

The latest international climate science is always available from "Biodiversity for a Livable Climate," a non-profit think tank headquartered in Cambridge, MA that is dedicated to reversing global warming by restoring ecosystems. You can follow them and find out about the international conferences they host at local universities here.

DCR Citizen Forester, August, 2019

The August 2019 issue of The Citizen Forester is here! The Citizen Forester is the monthly newsletter of the Massachusetts DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program.

In this issue:

  • i-Tree Global Science and Users Symposium
  • Species Spotlight: Chinquapin oak, Quercus muehlenbergii
  • DCR Challenge Grant Info Session - August 20, 10am-noon
  • Growing Greener - in Worcester
  • Grants, EAB Update, Webinars, and more!
2019 Massachusetts DCR Adaptive Recreation Opportunities

The Massachusetts DCR's Universal Access Program organizes opportunities for residents with disabilities (and their families) to participate in outdoor activities such as kayaking and canoeing. Spots are still available for programs at Lake Cochituate, Lake Quinsigamond, Pottapoag Pond and Walden Pond. More information is here.

Poor Water Quality Grades Once again for Little River

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mystic River Watershed Association issue a yearly water quality report card for the Mystic River watershed. Little River failed again, achieving a score lower than the previous year and a grade of D+. Read the report card here.

FAR and Green Cambridge hold a wildlife tour

The tour, conducted with the help of naturalist Dave Brown, was a part of the Exploratory Committees' legal process for investing in the area.

Photo by Friends of Fresh Pond

Summer Wildlife Learning Programs with Friends of Fresh Pond

Join Friends of Fresh Pond for their summer outdoor activities! Their program includes bird walks, woodland restoration gardening and other events. You can check their upcoming opportunities here.



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