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Forest Protection Speaker Series May & June 2020

Reducing Heat Trapping Emissions from Energy Use and Storing More Carbon in Forests to Achieve a Safe Climate View the recording May 12, 2020

Dr. William R. Moomaw, Professor Emeritus, Center for International Environment & Resource Policy at Tufts University, lead author of five reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  former director of the Climate & Energy Program at the World Resources Institute

Our Massachusetts Forests To Cut, or Not to Cut?  That is the question May 19, 2020

Michael Kellett is executive director of the New England nonprofit organization, RESTORE: The North Woods, which he co-founded in 1992. He developed the proposal for a 3.2-million-acre Maine Woods National Park, which laid the groundwork for the 2016 designation by President Obama of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. In Massachusetts, he has worked to protect Walden Woods, the Thoreau birthplace, and Mount Wachusett old-growth forests. In 2009, he served as a member of the citizen advisory committee to DCR’s Forest Futures Visioning Process, which led to a modest expansion of protected areas. He helped to develop legislation  to protect Massachusetts’ publicly owned land which was introduced in January 2019.

Bill Stubblefield holds a Doctorate in Biology from Harvard University and has published on the evolutionary biology of sex and the behavioral ecology of solitary wasps. He now devotes his time to saving as much of the living world as possible from the assaults of industrial civilization and extending social justice to all the people of planet Earth.

Publications by the speakers

 Paying to cut and burn forests: is this really what we want for renewable energy? June 9, 2020

Mary S. Booth, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity, directs PFPI’s science and advocacy work on greenhouse gases, air pollution, and forest impacts of biomass energy   Biomass energy is growing rapidly worldwide due to its inclusion in renewable energy programs that make it eligible for financial incentives, including in Massachusetts. However, despite being treated as “green” and carbon neutral, burning forest wood for energy actually emits more climate and air pollution per unit energy than most fossil fuels. And harvesting for biomass creates negative impacts on our forests. 

Forests and Brain Health: Emerging Research June 16, 2020

Susan A. Masino, Ph.D. is the Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College and a recent Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University. Her research focuses on links among metabolism, brain activity and behavior and she is dedicated to educational, environmental and public policy issues affecting brain health.  
The link between forests and brain health is a public policy imperative: we face increasing costs for disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to addiction, and forests offer exercise, mindfulness and stress reduction. We are still discovering new species, and forests are a former and a likely future source of new medicines. Research on cardiovascular, immune and neurological systems is expanding worldwide. In people of all ages a forest can increase kindness, altruism, and generosity by provoking awe – the sense of wonder you feel in the presence of something beyond your understanding. For these and many other reasons, natural forests should be protected and accessible to citizens across the state.

Co-sponsors:
Arise for Social Justice; Concerned Citizens of Franklin County; Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, Climate Change Committee; The Enviro Show; Extinction Rebellion Western MA; Green Berkshires; Hitchcock Center for the Environment; Keep the Woods; 350MA Berkshire Note; Mother Out Front Pioneer Valley; Partnership for Policy Integrity; Restore: The North Woods; Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire District; Representative Paul Mark, 2nd Berkshire District; Senator Jo Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District; Springfield Climate Justice Coalition; Traprock Center for Peace & Justice; Wendell State Forest Alliance

Forest Protection Speaker Publications Spring 2020

More about our speakers Selected recent publications of Dr. William R. Moomaw Intact Forests in the United States: Proforestation Mitigates Climate Change and Serves the Greatest Good by Professor Moomaw. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 6/11/19. “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency.”This news article from Science Daily points to the scholarly article authored …