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 Calling for Carbon and Biodiversity Reserves on Our State Lands: 
Serving the Public Interest

Tuesday, Sept. 6
via Zoom

Register here 

The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is conducting a ten-year review focused on how our state parks and forests are managed and the public is invited to comment!  To prepare for these DCR listening sessions we are offering an online event. We will be providing background grounded in the science, from experts in their fields, to help us better understand both the issues and how to frame our comments to DCR. Presenters include Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE: The North Woods, climate scientist Dr. Bill Moomaw, and biologist Bill Stubblefield, Ph.D. The presentations will be followed by Q & A.
Sponsored by Save Massachusetts Forests, RESTORE: The North Woods
& Climate Action Now

Scroll down for details about the DCR listening sessions and other actions you can take. 
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Action alert from Save Massachusetts Forests & RESTORE: The North Woods

Save Massachusetts Forests from logging on public land

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) regularly cuts trees for logging on public lands. Check out their plans for 2022 here. Many of you have supported bills to stop this practice (H.912 and H.1002). While we are disappointed that the legislature did not take action on them, we now can speak directly to DCR during their 10 year review of how our state parks and forests are managed.
The schedule and details for remaining listening sessions is here
 Written comments are due September 28th. 
 The current DCR plan, written in 2012, is here  
 Let’s call on DCR to protect public land, including the watersheds, by designating them as either “parks” or "reserves" where land management is similar to our National Parks.

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Please sign and share our online sign-on letter to DCR  
We, the undersigned, call for state-owned lands administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, including all woodlands, reserves, watersheds, and undeveloped parklands, to be designated and permanently protected as Carbon and Biodiversity Reserves. These Reserves would protect intact ecosystems, which are influenced primarily by natural processes, with only minimal human interference. Limited management activities would be allowed if proven to be necessary to protect public safety, endangered species, or the environment.
If there are specific DCR lands that you know and love, please add personal comments 

To write and submit you own letter go to
 For more information, visit our website:
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Action alert!
Eversource proposes massive tree cutting along transmission power lines!
Eversource wants to cut all trees within 100 feet of transmission power  lines running from the Northfield Substation, through the towns of Erving, Wendell, Montague, Leverett, Shutesbury, Pelham, Belchertown, Amherst and Granby, to the Ludlow Substation in Ludlow, crossing two Environmental Justice communities: Wendell and Amherst.

Eversource has filed with MEPA (Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office) in order to move forward with its plan to cut over 370 acres of trees along the transmission power line corridor.

Take action by sending a comment to MEPA!  Go HERE for an action guide which will give you all the info you need. Please share with family and friends. 

The deadline for comments has been extended to September 23

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