Berkshire Environmental Action Team
Rating: 4.91 stars 47 47 reviews 3,220
29 Highland Ave Pittsfield MA 01201 USA
BEAT’s mission is to protect the environment for wildlife in support of the natural world that sustains us all. BEAT involves volunteers in citizen-science wildlife monitoring programs, Stream Continuity Surveying, Turtle Watch, Salamander Watch, and Vernal Pool Certifying. BEAT maintains an educational website - http://www.thebeatnews.org - where people can learn more about the environmental laws, BEAT activities, issues, and events, and how they can participate in protecting the environment.
BEAT publishes a free, weekly e-newsletter with environmental news, calendar, and public notices. Hundreds of volunteers actively working to protect the environment! Miles of river cleaned. Riverside conservation land protected from being turned into a parking lot. Riverside waste transfer station stopped. Stream crossings surveyed and evaluated to prioritize for replacement to help fish move upstream under roads.
the environment & wildlife
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Being an environmental watchdog - keeping the environmental community connected and informed - promoting environmental stewardship with river cleanups, monitoring wildlife habitat, and working to help wildlife cross roads where it is most critical.
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BEAT is a tireless advocate for our rivers, lands, and habitats. They keep people informed, digest technical data so that people can make sense of what's happening, and mobilize when action is needed.
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We have seen Berkshire Environmental Action Team tirelessly advocate for our earth, air and water in the face of such current threats as the Kinder Morgan proposed fracked gas pipeline.
They are an immensely important resource for all of us.
After working for Jane for nine years I can tell you that she is a force of nature: I have rarely met anyone as hardworking, dedicated, considerate and passionate about their work. Our community and my life would be the poorer without her. That's not to mention BEAT's dedicated board and hoard of dauntless volunteers. To quote Jane, "Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you do for the environment!"
BEAT has built a strong network of environmental advocates with their great programs and very strong commitment to our environment. While their focus is local, their knowledge of nature and the environment is broad-based. I'm very pleased that our area has BEAT looking after the world around us and keeping people informed!
I've worked with BEAT for a number of years on habitat connectivity-- they really know their communities and have great passion for getting results!
BEAT in a word, can't be beat for its tireless effort in maintaining the health and well being of the environment that sustains us all. They have provided our small organization STOP with not only support I.e. being at endless meetings, but in sharing their knowledge and resources, their time, their personnel in helping us fight the Kinder Morgan, proposed, CT. Expannsion pipeline, that will destroy our land and lives not only now, but for generations. Without BEAT we would have been isolated, lost. This is an organization that truly deserves the highest recognition possible as a foremost leader and standard water in environmental action at its best.
I cannot imagine any effective environmental action without BEAT
Their knowledge, environmental, legal, political process has been invaluable to our work opposing the unneeded destructive Connecticut Expansion tgp pipeline thru Sandisfield. Their unflagging help for our little group has been critical in helping us get as far as we have.
BEAT has been invaluable to me as a landowner in Sandisfield fighting the Kinder Morgan pipeline project - this organization has educated me, fought alongside the community of Sandisfield - priceless resource.
BEAT works tirelessly to protect the environment in Berkshire County. They attend dozens of town meetings all year long (select board, conservation commission, zoning, and other meetings) to provide technical assistance on issues related to environmental regulations, wetlands regulations, and so forth. I have been involved with the fight against the NED pipeline project this past year and I could not have done it without Jane Winn from BEAT. She attends every meeting and supports each town as needed. They are front and center in the fight against the fracked gas pipelines proposed to cross our county, including many natural and protected areas. They have worked hard to educate concerned citizens and to act as a resource for timely and accurate information on these major proposed projects. I can't imagine Berkshire County without BEAT!
As one of the coordinators of 350Ma-Berkshires I appreciate the tireless work that BEAT does to enhance and protect the environment in Berkshire County. They are active members in our organization and attend dozens of town meetings all year long to provide technical assistance on issues related to environmental regulations. BEAT staff are extremely knowledgeable on local, state, and federal regulations that effect our environment and often provide fact based testimony at important meetings and hearings.
Also, their weekly newsletter provides a great deal of information, including articles, a calendar of upcoming events, public notices, and an environmental index. They enable people who are concerned about our local environment to learn what is going on in the county.