Dykema receives environmental leadership award

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Region – State Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, has received the 2012 Environmental Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. (MNLA) at the annual New England Grows Convention Feb. 2 in Boston.

“I's very grateful to receive this award,” said Dykema. “MNLA member businesses are the backbone of our commonwealth's agriculture industry and they are the local businesses that drive our economy. Agriculture is part of our heritage here in Massachusetts and I's proud of the work we'se done together to promote the industry's continued success.”

Dykema said she was pleased to work with the nursery and landscape community in developing a bill to provide an agricultural investment tax credit for small agricultural businesses, which is currently being considered by the Committee on Revenue. She serves as a co-chair of the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission and is a member of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, & Agriculture.

Mark Ahronian, a past president of MNLA and president of Ahronian Landscaping and Design in Holliston, said, “Not only is Representative Dykema a strong advocate for agriculture and the environment, but she is also a very real person. Someone who will listen to you and try to help you with whatever issue you may have. Representative Dykema is a true friend of agriculture and the environment.”

The MNLA is a non-profit organization that represents nursery and landscape professionals in Massachusetts. The MNLA Environmental Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have consistently provided informed leadership in dealing with complex environmental issues.