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