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Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Summer 2017
Measuring Community Health
by Laurie O'Reilly

Completing a new neighborhood development is just the beginning of the story. The true success of such targeted investment will come with the changes it brings to a community over time. That’s where Vedette Gavin, CLF’s Director of Research, comes in. “The reality is that the relationship between development and health is extremely complex,” she says.

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Summer 2017
Whale Watch
by Laurie O'Reilly

The story of North Atlantic right whales is a sadly familiar one. Historically, they were targeted by whalers because they were commercially lucrative and easy to kill. Today, with barely 500 North Atlantic right whales left on the planet, they face threats from warming waters, which push their food sources north, as well as fishing net entanglements and ship collisions.

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Summer 2017
Local Food 2.0
by Laurie O'Reilly

As Director of Agriculture and Environment for Nuestras Raíces, a Holyoke-based community organization, Rafael Herrero is overseeing an ambitious effort to train 100 new farmers in earth-friendly practices over the next two years.

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Summer 2017
Restoring Lake Champlain
by Laurie O'Reilly

When it comes to the future of Vermont’s Lake Champlain, Crea Lintilhac is optimistic. “We’re going to clean up our waters,” declares the long-time CLF Vermont Board member (and now chair), who has lived on the shores of the iconic lake for nearly 30 years.

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Summer 2017
Fighting Big Gas
by Bethany Kwoka

Jason and Erin Olkowski never saw themselves as activists and community organizers. But that all changed when Invenergy came to their small Rhode Island town, with its plans to build a massive new natural gas plant next door to family homes and within a pristine conservation area.

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Spring 2017
Talking Trash
by Laurie O'Reilly

CLF Launches Zero-Waste Project to Tackle Massachusetts’s Trash Problem On a Monday night in February, more than 100 people crowded into the Sturbridge, Massachusetts, town hall for an emergency meeting of the town’s Board of Health. Nineteen wells in the Sturbridge neighborhood closest to the massive Southbridge Landfill had just tested high for lead –…

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2016
Boston Harbor 2.0
by Laurie O'Reilly

The New Frontier in the Fight to Save Boston Harbor When CLF launched its 1983 lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for dumping toxic sludge and untreated wastewater into Boston Harbor, years of neglect by the federal government, the state, the city, and polluters had turned the harbor into a shameful liability. But over time,…

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2016
Building Healthy Communities One Neighborhood at a Time
by Laurie O'Reilly

For a neighborhood to truly thrive, it needs healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy with opportunities for all. Improving neighborhood environments can boost health, but traditional financing sources simply aren’t capable of addressing those needs at a project level. Recognizing the complex challenges of building healthy and sustainable communities, three years ago,…

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2016
The Legal Food Hub
by Laurie O'Reilly

Local Food, Local Farms, and Lawyers Lending a Hand Noah Fralich moved back home to Maine with one ambition: to open a business on his family’s land in New Gloucester. His fledgling Norumbega Cidery was just getting off the ground when he hit a snag – the name of his business was already trademarked by…

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2016
Community Voices: Planning for the Future
by Laurie O'Reilly

A typical day at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire, finds it packed with ocean enthusiasts: children and adults touch native starfish, learn from interactive exhibits about ocean habitats, and explore tidal pools along the protected New Hampshire coastline. The Center doesn’t just aim to teach visitors about the Gulf of Maine, it…