The Nature Conservancy

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While some people are looking forward to balmy temperatures and springtime, a group of trackers in western Massachusetts are keeping their fingers crossed for more snow.

Following a fresh snowfall, three trackers strap on snowshoes and take to the fields of Berkshire County looking for the marks of creatures that traveled across the snow-packed earth hours before. But those braving the cold aren’t dodging trees in isolated, dense forests.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Nature Conservancy’s program to immerse urban teens in the environment is wrapping up in Western Massachusetts this week.

Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future, LEAF, exposes teens to the sometimes foreign world of nature. Angela Sirois-Pitel is the stewardship manager for TNC’s Western Massachusetts program, working hand in hand with the teens.  

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A large tree in a small Berkshire town may hold the key to finding the cure to a disease that has deforested suburban landscapes for decades.