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Berkshire Environmental Action Team

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Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

Target demographics: the environment & wildlife

Geographic areas served: the Berkshires

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

BEAT does a great job of working to protect the environment and wildlife in the Berkshires!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a support of BEAT since I moved here full time in 2011. As a long time environmentalist and one of the coordinators of 350Mass-Berkshires, I have admired their work and collaboration with other local and state wide organizations. Their weekly newsletter is very informative and inclusive of all Western Mass related environmental events. I especially admire their fight against new fossil fuel infrastructure within the Berkshires. especially the CT pipeline which could evolve into a test case for amending FERC
They are a true example of acting locally and thinking globally and I am proud to be a member as well as a partner organization

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Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

NO ONE does more for the natural and human habitat of Western Massachusetts than the good people at BEAT. Tireless and tenacious, BEAT never turns down a cause and they fight to the bitter end. BEAT has stood against GE, the EPA, Kinder Morgan, and a variety of town halls. With a budget of pennies, they've battled billions - and won!

We all benefit from BEAT's work, mostly in invisible ways. The Housatonic is cleaner, our air clearer, our roadsides prettier, and our wildlife more abundant because of BEAT's passion.


Rating: 5

I have been a member of BEAT for a number of years because I want to kept abreast of what is happening in my surrounding community in relation to environmental issues. This organization has done a stellar job of explaining many issues i.e Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipe line proposed for our area. They organize river clean-up days and days when people can get into the woods and learn more about the nature that surrounds us.

This is certainly the organization I would go to if there were an environmental issue in my town and I needed good solid information to bring to the powers that be.



Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of BEAT for almost 10 years now. I donate to many other non-profits, but at BEAT I feel that every cent of my donation is going directly into conserving the environment. The intelligence, dedication, and energy of the BEAT team is "unBEATable"! They educate, inform, network, and make a presence felt at all levels of government. Whether we know it or not, we all owe BEAT a big thank you.

3 Nat C.


Rating: 5

I have served as a volunteer, environmental activist and community organizer for the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (B.E.A.T.) for the past 2 years. In this small amount of time, I have become more educated about not only my local environment, but what I am able to do as a citizen on a global scale. B.E.A.T. keeps everyone up to date on not only their local community sponsored activities, but those abroad, regarding signature gathering for environmental activism. One of which just recently has been to become more active in our voicing the necessity of the Clean Air and Water Act that is currently in danger of being abolished by the United States Government. Without B.E.A.T.'s concern, heart and strong influence in our local and national communities, I would not have been as informed and active as I am today in helping protect our resources and wildlife currently being threatened by corporate entities in our country. B.E.A.T. has not only educated me on Vernal Pool Certifications and River Clean Ups (for free), they have also inspired me through all of their knowledge and passion to change my career. Recently I was enrolled as an Environmental Science major at the Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts, where I will be studying to become an Environmental Engineer. A large thank you to the Berkshire Environmental Action Team for inspiring me to not only become more active and engaged as a citizen (which is a lot of fun I might add), but for helping me realizing my dreams and visions in this important career change. Long live the Environmental Action Team of the Berkshires! B.E.A.T. is coming up on it's 9 year anniversary this year since it's creation. They are coming full circle on a number of issues that set them in motion to create this wonderful and necessary organization in the first place. B.E.A.T. not only educates, but it Accomplishes it's Goals. Thank you very much B.E.A.T. for being so environmentally conscious, passionate, and conscientious in your approach to the more important struggle of our current state of affairs: Protecting the wildlife; protecting our environment.