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Secretary of Environmental Affairs Comes to Alewife
Massachusetts Biodiversity celebration
Sponsored in part by Friends of Alewife Reservation

Secretary of Environmental Affairs Comes to Alewife:
The Massachusetts Biodiversity celebration and kickoff for the 3rd annual state environmental event will take place locally at Alewife Reservation, May 31st at 9:15, behind Alewife T stop at MDC kiosk. All are invited to recognize this honor for Cambridge and the area, and welcome Durand by your presence. To date, local sponsors are Friends of Spy Pond, Friends of Alewife Reservation, Mystic River Watershed Association and Friends of Fresh Pond, Friends of the Mystic River, Association of Cambridge Neighborhoods, Coalition for Alewife. The purpose is to bring many environmental groups who understand the importance of biodiversity in our own areas of New England. Peter Alden, consultant to Durand on Biodiversity, will also attend and lead students to note various species, both native and non- native. Peter is a familiar figure at the Reservation.

May 31: 9am Special event will honor EOEA Secretary Durand at Alewife Reservation: Secretary Robert Durand, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs will be greeted. Durand has advanced the goal of protecting 200,000 acres of Mass. open space by the year 2010, leading advocate for environmental issues while in Mass. legislature, author of nation's Rivers Protection Act, sponsored Mass. Open Space Bond Bill, Brownfields Act of '98, legislator of the Year by Mass Audubon, Governor's Open Space Protection Act, gained passage of the nation's Rivers Protection Act. He will speak of Biodiversity Days goals in Massachusetts. Public school classrooms, town representatives and environmental groups will begin a series of 9 walks throughout the Reservation and Fresh Pond by welcoming Secretary Durand to Cambridge, and the surrounding towns of Arlington, Belmont, Somerville Medford.

(Event sponsored - and information provided - by Friends of Alewife,
which is not affiliated with the Alewife Study Group)