ENRA Dec. 7 2021 –Hearing of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
From Bill Stubblefield’s testimony in support of House bills 912, 1002, and 1003
“Logging on public land is unnecessary, ill advised, and costly in terms of money, ecological integrity, and the public good.”
“The most intensive logging on state land is conducted by DCR on lands that provide drinking water for some 3 million residents. Although watershed foresters claim their logging enhances resistance and resilience to natural disturbances, scientists at the Harvard Forest have shown that such logging delivers neither resistance nor resilience and that simply leaving forests alone both speeds their recovery and better protects ecosystem services.”
From CAN’s testimony in support of House bills 912 and 1002
Comments by Darcy Sweeney, Lynne Man, and Carole Horowitz
“We know that even if the world stopped all carbon emissions tomorrow, the problem of global warming would not be solved because of the CO2 still in the atmosphere. Therefore, we must do everything possible to maximize carbon sequestration now.
“And happily for us, our forests do just that, efficiently drawing down and storing carbon in trees and soil as they have done for millenia. Current biological and climate science says that 30% of the globe’s forests must be preserved as intact ecosystems — that is, allowed to grow naturally without human interventions — to maximize carbon sequestration and preserve biodiversity”
ENRA Dec. 14 2021 –Hearing of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
From CAN’s testimony in support of House bills H910, H926, and H929 and Senate bills S2551, S575
Comments by Carole Horowitz, Susan Garrett, Lynne Man, and Darcy Sweeney
On H.910/S.2551 : “Let’s return the right to regulate toxic chemicals to where it belongs: with our locally-elected officials. Our local officials should be permitted once again to safeguard our health, our children’s health, and the health of our environment by being able to make regulations that are more restrictive and protective than those of the Massachusetts Pesticide Board and its Subcommittee..”
“If H.926 becomes law, school systems will have a clear understanding of which pesticides are allowed. Parents will be reassured that their children are not exposed to toxic pesticides while playing sports or on the playground in a neighboring school system. Eliminating pesticides would reduce the amount of paperwork for schools and MDAR, saving time and money. Schools that have already moved away from pesticides will be models for others as they make the change. “
On H.929 and S.575 : While glyphosate seems effective at killing unwanted plants, its toxicity causes enormous amounts of collateral damage to all surrounding life forms. So anything that can be done to reduce or eliminate it from our environment is a worthwhile endeavor. In these bills, only licensed or authorized individuals will be able to purchase, handle and apply glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH), which essentially takes it out of the hands of the general public. However, allowing reclassification of glyphosate from “general” to “restricted” would add another layer of safety.