Action Alerts from Farms, Forests & Food Systems Group

Sand mining, industrial solar and battery storage projects continue to be hot-button issues in Massachusetts.
This is a statewide problem. So we have a statewide solution: a call for a moratorium by Governor Baker.  
Our coalition is holding a statewide rally to protect our lands and waters from large ground mounted solar generation utilities and battery storage systems. These are not clean, green or renewable energy but a dangerous false solution to the climate crisis.
While many Massachusetts municipalities have strict zoning laws prohibiting large solar projects, vulnerable communities like Wareham and Carver have already lost hundreds of acres of forest to industrial solar.  This is threatening home values and climate resiliency.  “Dual use,” so-called “agrovoltaics,” are proposed for our valuable, prime and irreplaceable agricultural lands and threaten the state’s food sovereignty at time when the planet is suffering from loss of arable land.
A statewide coalition is putting on two simultaneous in person events on Saturday July 31 from 1-4 p.m.  Events are in Greenfield in Wastern Massachusetts and in Wareham in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Facebook Event: @LandWaterPlymouthArea and on our website: www.savethepinebarrens.org

Help Shutesbury residents preserve acres of forest slated for an industrial scale solar array: visit the solar01072 pages

Co-sponsors needed for bills filed for the 2021-22 legislative session

Forest protection bills: More information HERE from Save Massachusetts Forests

H.912, An Act Relative to Forest Protection is sponsored by Representative Michael Finn (6th Hampden District).

This bill would update century-old public land policies written before we recognized the climate crisis and global loss of biodiversity. The bill would help address these concerns by permanently designating 412,000 acres of lands controlled by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as parks and reserves. We would be conserving intact ecosystems to be influenced primarily by natural processes in our forests and parks.

H.1002 , An Act Relative to Increased Protection of Wildlife Management Areas, sponsored by Representative Lindsay Sabadosa (1st Hampshire District).

This bill would expand the system of Nature Reserves in Wildlife Management Areas under the control of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and make them permanent. The bill would direct the designation of at least 30% of agency’s lands as Nature Reserves by 2030, consistent with the latest biological and climate science.

Fund the Healthy Soils initiative: SIGN ON to support this bill and thank legislators this new program

Representative Paul Schmid, House lead on the successful Healthy Soils Bill which passed in January(!), is now submitting a $160K budget appropriation request to help start the new program. Ask your legislators to support this budget appropriation. More information HERE from NOFA Mass.