Special meeting on Monday, March 15th
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
(Zoom link below)
Michael Kellett of Restore: The North Woods and Janet Sinclair of Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, the authors of two recently filed forest protection bills, will explain the bills and how we can help get them passed. There will be time for questions and discussion.
HD.2871, An Act Relative to Forest Protection, sponsored by Representative Michael Finn – 6th Hampden District
The proposed Act Relative to Forest Protection would update century-old public land policies written before we recognized the climate crisis and global loss of biodiversity. This bill would help address these concerns by designating 412,000 acres of forest and watershed lands controlled by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as parks and reserves. We would permanently conserve intact ecosystems that are influenced primarily by natural processes in our forests and parks — a level of protection that now exists for only 1% of the state’s land base.
HD.3197: An Act Relative to Increased Protection of Wildlife Management Areas, sponsored by Representative Lindsay Sabadosa – 1st Hampshire District
The proposed Act to Increase Protection of Wildlife Management Areas (HD.3197 ) would expand the system of Nature Reserves on public 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.
Reducing production of greenhouse gases is not enough to solve the climate emergency. We need healthy, intact forests to remove and store atmospheric carbon, help preserve a healthy environment, and maintain and restore biodiversity.
Let’s act together to preserve our precious forests!
Click HERE to view recordings of the Forest Speaker Series produced by Save Massachusetts Forests and Climate Action Now.
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