Stop the Massachusetts Chainsaw Massacre

 

Quabbin Reservoir, Drinking Water Supply Area for Boston and 2.2 million Residents

Gate 21A, April 2010

 

Windsor State Forest, Drinking Water Supply Area… “Please Protect it!

Schoolhouse Road near Windsor Jambs Natural Area, 2008

 

 

Windsor Jambs State Park, 2008

 

SEE MANY MORE PHOTOS BELOW

 

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 As of April 27, 2012, commercial logging is still allowed on 400,000 acres of the 600,000 acres of Massachusetts’ state public

parks, forests, wildlife areas and watersheds.  This means 67% of state public forests are still open to commercial logging, and

that only 4% of Massachusetts’ land area and 6% its 3,100,000 acres of forests are protected from logging in state parks and

reserves.  For comparison, New York State has 20% of all of its forests permanently protected from commercial logging.

 

During the most recent public comment period in August 2011, over 96% of the forestry comments called for more

protection of state forests and/or an end to commercial logging for state public forests, watersheds and wildlife areas.

 

To View Ground/Aerial Clearcut Photos of Boston’s Drinking Watershed Forests (15MB), Please Click Here

To View Google Earth Clearcut Photos of Boston’s Drinking Watershed Forests (5MB), Please Click Here

 

Tree-fueled biomass incinerators proposed in Massachusetts are still threatening Massachusetts communities.

Current proposals would require logging increases of ~400% to produce only 1% more power.   

 

The just released (April 27) tree-fueled biomass subsidy regulations are a step in the right direction but are still counterproductive

and unenforceable.  There should not be any subsidies for tree-fueled biomass energy, whether it is done efficiently, or inefficiently,

because in both cases it will increase air pollution, deforestation and carbon emissions.  Additionally, there is no real monitoring of

forest harvests (the foxes are in the henhouse, and likely always will be) and the carbon accounting system is ripe for manipulation.

 

Those who think these regulations are "progressive" should remember that most "Red" states are not subsidizing such

 stupidity as burning trees for energy.  The irony is that the "Red" states are being more "Green" by not subsidizing dirty biomass,

but not because they care about the environment, but because they don't.  So we are stuck with "Red" states who don't care about

the environment and "Blue" states that force citizens to subsidize the counterproductive practice of tree-fueled biomass energy

so they can delude themselves that they are “helping” the environment, when in truth, they are harming it.

 

Either way, the environment and future generations lose. 

 

To View A (Highly Recommended) Comprehensive   

Powerpoint Presentation (45 MB): Please Click Here  

 

For Forest and Biomass Reports:  Please Click Here

For a Biomass Opinion Editorial:  Please Click Here

For a Biomass “Reality Check”:   Please Click Here

 

PROTECT MASSACHUSETTS STATE PUBLIC FORESTS  

 

·        67% of state forests are still open to commercial logging with only 33% protected in parks and reserves.

 

·        Extraction of wood to fuel biomass plants needs to be prohibited from state public forests and watersheds.

 

·        The Quabbin reservation and other watersheds which provide Boston’s Drinking water need full protection.   

 

·        Clearcuts up 5 football fields in size are still allowed allegedly for “compelling biodiversity/habitat” needs. 

This potentially large loophole for clearcutting is not based on sound science and should be removed.

 

·        The timber program costs outweigh revenues.  Taxpayers are paying to cut down their own forests.

 

·        A multitude of wood burning biomass plants which emit more CO2 than coal are still in the pipeline

 

·        The state agencies managing forests are using propaganda to sell commercial logging to citizens.

 

TAKE ACTION, Click Here

 

Immunize and Arm Yourself Against Timber Industry Propaganda, Click Here

 

To Sign up for E-Mail Alerts to Help Save Massachusetts’ Forests, Click Here

 

To Watch a Channel 5 investigative report of State Land Logging, Click Here

 

For Many More Links and Media Reports, Click Here

 

SEE MANY MORE PHOTOS BELOW

 

Photos are FSC "Green” Certified Logging on Massachusetts

State Public Forests, Watersheds and Parks, 2007 to 2010

 

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IT’S OUR CHOICE…..

This?

Deerfield River, Mohawk Trail

 

Or This….

 

McNeil Biomass Plant, The Biggest Air Pollution Source in Vermont

 

And This….

Peru Wildlife Management Area, “Creating Wildlife Habitat”,  Middlefield Road, 2007

 

SEE MANY MORE PHOTOS BELOW

 

Savoy State Forest….over 50 miles of wooded trails invite year-round recreational access to spectacular natural features. 

Or climb up Spruce Hill on the Busby Trail for breathtaking views, especially during fall foliage and hawk migration.”  

DCR Website

 

Savoy State Forest, Aerial View, New State Rd, Clearcuts, 2008

 

Savoy State Forest, Ground View Of Location Marked In The Photo Above, 2008

 

Savoy Mountain State Forest makes it easy to leave the everyday world behind. Scenic North and South Ponds,

with wooded edges and hills rising in the distance, offer tranquil places to fish, picnic and swim.”     DCR Website

 

Savoy State Forest, “Shelterwood Logging”  New State Road, 2008

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. ~Albert Einstein

 

Savoy State Forest, Aerial View, 44 Acre Cut, Bannis Road, 2008

Busy monster eats dark holes in the spirit world... where wild things have to go to disappear forever"

~Bruce Cockburn

 

Savoy State Forest, New State Road, 2008

When the soil disappears, the soul disappears. ~Ymber Delecto

 

Savoy State Forest, Adams Road, 2007

 

Rules Are For Other People…..Savoy State Forest

 

            Windsor Jambs State Park, 2007

 

Quabbin Reservoir, Aerial View, South Prescott Peninsula Restricted Area, 2008

Hiking is Illegal to Protect the Watershed for Boston’s Drinking Water Supply

 

Quabbin Reservoir, Aerial View, East Prescott Peninsula Restricted Area, 2010

Boston’s Drinking Water Supply Area, White Blotches are Clearcut Areas

 

Quabbin Reservoir, Aerial View, Gate 40 Area, 2010

Boston’s Drinking Water Supply Area, White Blotches are Clearcut Areas

 

Quabbin Reservoir, Ground View, Gate 40 Area, December 2009

  Reservoir Visible Behind Trees

 

Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply Watershed

Gate 40, Reservoir Visible Behind Trees, December 2009

 

Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply Watershed, Gate 40, 2009

 

Quabbin Reservoir Protection Forest, Aerial View, Woodward Road, 2010

 

Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply Watershed

Woodward Road, Ground View, December 2009

 

Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply Watershed

Woodward Road, Ground View, December 2009

 

Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, running streams

and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits, and debris. ~Edward Abbey

 

Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply Watershed

Woodward Road, December 2009

 

Google Earth Image, Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply

Northeast Prescott Peninsula, “Before” Cutting, Image April 1, 2005

Note:  Hiking on the Prescott Peninsula is illegal to “protect” the watershed.

 

 

Google Earth Image, Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply

Northeast Prescott Peninsula, “After” Clear-Cutting, Image Sept 21, 2010

 

 

Google Earth Image, Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply

Southeast Prescott Peninsula, “Before” Cutting, Image April 1, 2005

 

 

Google Earth Image, Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply

Southeast Prescott Peninsula, “After” Clear-Cutting, Image July 3, 2008

 

 

Google Earth Image, Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply

Graves Landing, “Before” Cutting, Image April 1, 2005

 

 

Google Earth Image, Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply

Graves Landing, “After” Clear-Cutting, Image July 3, 2008

 

 

Google Earth Image, Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply

Greenwhich-Dana Road, “Before” Cutting, Image April 1, 2005

 

 

Google Earth Image, Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply

Greenwhich-Dana Road, “After” Clear-Cutting, Image July 3, 2008

 

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“At 16,500 acres, October Mountain is the largest State forest in Massachusetts.

Here visitors can camp, hike and enjoy the outdoors while they visit nearby

Tanglewood and other Berkshire Region points of interest.”   DCR Website

 

October Mountain State Forest, Aerial View, County Road, 2008

 

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.   When we see land as

a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. ~Aldo Leopold

 

October Mountain State Forest, West Branch Road, 2007

 

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who

understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. ~Henry David Thoreau

 

October Mountain State Forest, Aerial View, Illegal 50 Acre Clearcut, 2007

 

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been

given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry

up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.

~Anton Chekhov

 

 October Mountain State Forest, County Road, 2007

 

Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.

~Michel de Montaigne

 

October Mountain State Forest, Loading for Shipping….. to Quebec, 2008

 

October Mountain State Forest……Bonjour Quebec!   2008

 

“Beartown State Forest offers visitors a chance to glimpse deer, bear, bobcat, fisher and other wildlife, including the park's namesake,

the Black Bear. Brooks, beaver ponds, rich deciduous forest, flowering shrubs and wildflowers and fall foliage are plentiful.

The Appalachian Trail passes near Benedict Pond and offers spectacular wooded views” ~DCR Website

Beartown State Forest, Beartown Mountain Rd, 2008

There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.

~Mohandas K. Gandhi

 

Poland Brook Wildlife Management Area, Illegal Clearcutting, 2008

 

Sandisfield State Forest, 2008

 

When a man says to me, "I have the intensest love of nature," at once I know that he has none.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Federation of Women’s Club State Forest, Aerial View, 2010

 

H.O. Cook State Forest, 2008

 

Chester-Blandford State Forest offers a rustic park experience and spectacular Sanderson Brook Falls…..

…..try the H. Newman Marsh Memorial Trail featuring a challenging, but rewarding, climb to the

 top of Observation Hill, with views spanning up and down the wild and scenic Westfield River valley.    DCR Website

 

About 2005, a large clear-cut on a steep slope was illegally cut right up to the edge of a long established beaver pond in Chester

Blandford State Forest.  In August 2008, the beaver dam was breached in a rainstorm and the pond was lost and washed downstream

into to the Westfield River.  It is likely that the extra runoff from the 2005 clear-cut significantly contributed to the dam breach.

 

         

BEFORE CLEARCUT”, Aerial View,  2001          AFTER CLEARCUT”, Aerial View,  2005

 

After Clearcut to edge of Beaver Pond, Before Dam Breach”, May 2008

 

After Clearcut to edge of Beaver Pond, Before Dam Breach”, May 2008        

 

 

  

After Clearcut to edge of Beaver Pond, Before Dam Breach”, May 2008        

 

 

After Clearcut and After Dam Breach”, Nov, 2008

 

 

“The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is responsible for the

conservation - including restoration, protection and management – of fish

and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. DFW Website

 

Google Earth “Before” photo of large, un-fragmented, interior forest

Fox Den Wildlife Management Area, 2005

 

Aerial View “After” Photo Of Illegal Clear-Cuts In The Same Location

Fox Den Wildlife Mgmt Area, Chipman Rd, March, 2008

 

Conway State Forest,  November 2008

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

~Native American Proverb

 

Below is a recent logging job on Bear Mountain Road in Wendell State forest that was completed

On May 11, 2009.  The large trees were cut for sawtimber and the others were chipped for biomass with a

large on-site chipper.  The contractor stated that most of the chips went to the Portsmouth NH biomass

plant, 125 miles away, with a smaller portion going to the Pine-tree biomass plant in Fitchburg.

The state received $3,000 for the wood and $2,520 worth of road repairs. 

 

Bear Mountain Road, Wendell State Forest, NH Biomass Cut, 2009

 

 

Savoy State Forest, 2008

 

 

The picture below shows an early spring aerial photo of the area before clearcutting. 

The stand is very alive Norway Spruce mixed with some hardwoods with an

1800’s era cemetery located between 2 areas slated for clearcutting.

 

 

 

Below is the “after” photo showing the FSC sanctioned clearcuts right up to the

cemetery.  March 2008.  See following photos for ground views photos 1 and 2

 

Below is “Photo 2” view identified in the previous picture, a ground view of an

FSC sanctioned clearcut to the edge of cemetery area, soon after the clearcut, May 2008.  

Edge trees left around the cemetery demonstrate that the stand was alive and healthy.

 

Below is the “Photo 1” ground view of FSC sanctioned clearcut to edge of cemetery

area a year later, March 2009.  Remaining edge trees have died from exposure

and some have blown down into the cemetery.

 

A view looking out from within the cemetery, March 2009

 

 

 

“SCS investigated the sites of concern raised by Massachusetts stakeholders in a substantive

manner that conforms with FSC-mandated audit protocols. This investigation included site

 inspections of most of the sites in question. SCS felt confident that the DCR lands in

question were in conformance with the FSC standards.”

 

Adams Road, Savoy State Forest, 2008

 

There is no good reason for commercial logging of State public forests, watersheds and parks.

 

     State public forests, watersheds and parks comprise only 11% of Massachusetts land area and 17% of its forests and represent

our best chance to preserve and protect wilderness areas, fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, clean air, tourism income, carbon

sequestration, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities in this 3rd most densely populated state of 6,000,000 residents.

 

·        The $14 billion tourist industry depends heavily upon protected public forests.

 

·        Proposed biomass fuel demands are enormous and seriously threaten public forests and we need a failsafe mechanism

to ensure our public forests don’t go up in smoke to provide tiny amounts of dirty power we do not even need.

 

·        According to the FSC peer reviewer comments, the public “overwhelmingly” prefers no commercial logging on public lands.

 

·        Most of the wood cut on state forests is sent out of state to Quebec and 90% of Massachusetts logging occurs on private lands.

 

·        The timber program loses money, taxpayers are paying to cut down their own forests.

 

     Massachusetts has the opportunity be a leader in forest protection to help reduce global warming and to avoid valid

claims of hypocrisy when we admonish third world countries to protect 25-50% of their forests from logging

 

Public Lands Belong To The Public

It’s Our Choice…..This?

Non-threatening Norway Spruce, Savoy State Forest

 

And This?

Mixed Forest, Holyoke Range State Park

 

Or This?

Quabbin Reservation, Boston’s Drinking Water Supply Watershed

Woodward Road, December, 5 2009

 

 

 

STUMPS DON’T LIE

 

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been

caught will we realize we cannot eat money

 

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To view clearcutting of Boston’s Drinking Watershed (15MB), Click Here

 

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christoforest@maforests.org

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Links:

http://www.maforests.org/Chris-Matera-Forest-Watch-Links.pdf

 

Forest and Biomass Reports:

http://www.maforests.org/Chris-Matera-Report-Links.pdf

 

Carbon Calc:

http://www.maforests.org/Chris-Matera-Biomass%20Carbon%20Emissions.pdf

 

Biomass Reality Check:

http://www.maforests.org/Chris_Matera_Biomass_Reality_Check.pdf