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Bee Protection on the Table in Massachusetts
by Annie Lemelin

The dramatic decline in pollinator populations linked to the overuse of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids is putting our food supply at risk. Massachusetts must take action to restrict neonics and protect pollinators. Two bills under consideration by the legislature present good options for managing these challenges.

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CLF Takes VT Gas Fight to State’s Highest Court

“If we knew four years ago what we know now, this project would never have been approved,” said CLF senior attorney Sandra Levine. “With costs skyrocketing while renewable alternatives are cheaper than ever, it’s become increasingly clear that this pipeline is a bad deal both economically and environmentally for the people of Vermont. We cannot give this project a free pass while Vermonters pay the price.”

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Trump Attack on National Monuments is Affront to National Heritage

“This Executive Order is an attack on America’s national heritage,” said CLF Senior Counsel Peter Shelley. “For more than a hundred years, presidents of both parties have used the Antiquities Act to protect our most treasured places. Attempts to change the fabric of our national monuments are unprecedented, and we will continue to fight back on behalf of these places that belong to all Americans. An attack on any monument is an attack on them all.”

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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 –…

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Is a City Playground Protected Land? Massachusetts Supreme Court to Decide
by Phelps Turner

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is deliberating a case with significant implications for playgrounds, parks, and other open space across the state. The decision before them is whether Westfield’s John A. Sullivan Memorial Playground, also known as the Cross Street Playground, is constitutionally protected land that cannot be converted to other purposes without a two-thirds vote…

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Exit 4 Farmland Saved From Development, Sold Back to Farmers

“Today’s agreement is a massive victory for all Vermonters who take pride in our state’s rich farming heritage,” said CLF senior attorney Sandra Levine. “When you pull off this scenic highway exit, you should be greeted by sprawling fields and colorful produce, not bulldozers and industrial parks. Thanks to the hard work of all parties involved, this valuable farmland will be back where it belongs – in the hands of local farmers supported by, and providing for, our communities.”

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Paving Vermont Farmland: Stopped!
by Sandy Levine

Strong Advocacy Leads to Conservation Stopping sprawl in its tracks and keeping valuable farmland available for farmers to use has taken a huge leap forward. In 2016, following a year-long legal case led by CLF, a developer withdrew plans to build a massive, sprawling complex, including shopping, a hotel, a conference center, offices, and housing in…

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The Great Neighborhoods Campaign Needs You
by Deanna Moran

For a neighborhood to truly thrive, it needs healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy with opportunities for all. That’s why CLF, along with our partners in the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, are working to strengthen local neighborhoods in ways that work better for everyone ­– especially seniors and young people. Together, we have…

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