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December 11, 2017
WFCR Local News
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Western Mass Receives State Funds for Conservation
(wfcr) - The Mineral Hills Conservation Area in Northampton and Amherst Cushman Brook Corridor are among several projects in western Massachusetts to receive thousands of dollars in state grant money to bolster their conservation efforts. The funds are part of the governor's $50 million annual investment plan, which matches funds raised by individual communities across the state. The city of Northampton received nearly half a million dollars to expand the Mineral Hills site by 72 acres. Environmental affairs secretary Ian Bowles says the plan is focused on investing in the state's assets, with land being the ultimate asset. Bowels says the steps taken by Pioneer Valley communities are excellent examples of the conservation efforts the state is looking to invest in.

Other projects in western Massachusetts include a grant to Belchertown's Topping farm project, and Easthampton's new undertaking to protect the 164 acre Echodale farm.
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