Category Archives: Conservation

Zebra Mussels In The Berkshires

Zebra mussels which get their name from the striped patterns on their shell are a small freshwater mollusk that are rapidly invading America’s lakes and rivers. Originating from Russia, Zebra mussels were first discovered in the great lakes in 1988 and have been spreading throughout waterbodies in the United States since then. Zebra mussels eventually made their way into New England and in July of 2009 The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) had confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Laurel Lake which is located in Lee, MA in Berkshire County. Continue reading Zebra Mussels In The Berkshires

October Mountain Whitney Estate

October Mountain State Forest originated from land purchased by William C. Whitney who was Secretary of the Navy under President Grover Cleveland. William C. Whitney began purchasing his property on October Mountain in 1894. Whitney purchased small farms and other parcels of land and would ultimately amass approximately 14,000 acres. It was on this property where Whitney constructed a “cottage” called The Antlers. Continue reading October Mountain Whitney Estate