To Preserve the Heath Hen

The State, acting through the fish and game commission, has under consideration the purchase of the 600-acre farm of Antone Andrews, located on the Martha’s Vineyard plain, near Little Pond some three miles from Edgartown, for the purpose of establishing on the tract a state reservation for the better protection of the heath hen, or pinnated grouse. As is well known, the few fowl of this species on the Vineyard are the last of this famous branch of the grouse family. Nowhere else in the world are these heath hen found.

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State Set to Air Remediation Plan for Correllus Forest
The Department of Conservation and Recreation has scheduled a public hearing date to air a final remediation plan for unpermitted trail clearing.
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State Forest Has a New Superintendent
Filling a long-term vacancy, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation has hired Conor Laffey of Falmouth as the new superintendent for the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest.
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Conservation Army, 219 Strong, Is Due

A conservation army, numbering 219 men, will arrive on the Island today to take up the work of reforestation in the state reservation under the federal plan for relieving unemployment. This army is one that has been through the preliminary course of training at Camp Devens, and will be in charge of a captain and two lieutenants of the regular army, besides a detail of military police.

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MVC Receives Grant to Develop Wildfire Preparedness Plan

With significant drought conditions still desiccating the region and the state forest without a full time superintendent, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission has received approximately $25,000 in state and federal money to develop a first-of-its-kind wildfire preparedness plan for the Island.

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Sheriff’s Meadow Confirms Unpermitted Trail Clearing
Unpermitted trail clearing in the state forest has led to a citation from state environmental officials for violations of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.
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MVC Sounds Alarm Over Lack of Superintendent at State Forest
As wildfires rage across the West Coast, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission expressed grave concern about the status of the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest.
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State Forest Superintendent Has Left
The Manuel F. Correllus State Forest is currently without a full-time superintendent.
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Study Finds Climate, Not Humans, Shaped Early Forestland
New findings on decades-old ecological theories about land management on the Vineyard could potentially reframe the context of modern conservation practices.
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Education Initiative Puts Manuel F. Correllus State Forest on the Syllabus
The Manuel F. Correllus State Forest holds a long, complex history in its densely packed thickets of pitch pine and scrub oak.
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