ACTION ALERT ON CLIMATE: Preserve Our Forests and Trees!
Clearcutting in Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area (March 2020) Labeled “Restoration”
Photo: Massachusetts Forest Watch
Massachusetts forests and trees are crucial to keeping our state livable through the rising heat and storms of the climate emergency. Forests and urban trees remove harmful greenhouse gases from the air, cool and clean the air, clean water for drinking, reduce flooding, promote human health, provide habitat for wildlife, and more.
Only 2% of the forest land in our state has permanent protection from logging. But logging releases greenhouse gases and kills the underground networks that make forests resilient, so logging to site solar panels is not green. Biomass energy from wood is more polluting at the smokestack than coal. Urban trees are dying from gas leaks and have virtually no protection from being cut for unsustainable development practices, and more—especially in low-income communities—making heat, poor air quality, and flooding worse.
There are bills now before the MA legislature that will protect public forests and expand the urban tree canopy. But we need your voice to counteract the money, access, and influence of commercial lobbyists trying to hamstring these bills!
ASK YOUR STATE REPS TO CO-SPONSOR FOREST AND TREE PROTECTION BILLS!
Bills that have more co-sponsors are more likely to pass in the legislature. Please ask your legislators to co-sponsor the following bills:
- H.4150 and H.904 will make permanent reserves without logging in 412,000 acres of Dept of Conservation and Recreation lands and in 30% of Wildlife Management Areas.
- H.894 and H.895 will create an independent Advisory Council overseeing publicly owned forest lands and bring carbon-counting practices into compliance with state climate laws.
- H.3211/S.2137 and H.3210/S.2136 will remove state subsidies for biomass energy.
- H.2082 and S.1319 will allow municipalities to require environmentally responsible siting of solar panels.
URBAN TREE BILLS
- H.869 and S.452 will fund municipalities to plant more trees and require a reforestation plan for long-term maintenance and preservation of their trees. It prioritizes environmental-justice neighborhoods and communities.
NOT A LOT OF TIME?
Click here to send an email to your state legislators. (You can just click to use our letter or, if you prefer, write your own.) Tell your legislators that you support these bills and want them to co-sponsor them.
HAVE MORE TIME?
Please phone your state legislators. Phone calls are the most effective way to impress on legislators how important this issue is to us all.
On Thursday Feb 1, at 8:30 PM, Trees As A Public Good will be sponsoring a phone-banking session to call legislators all over the state. We will provide phone scripts and assist participants in calling and leaving messages for their state legislators. Use this link to join our phone-banking session.
Thank you for all you do! Every email and phone call makes a difference!
IF YOU WANT TO JOIN OUR TREES-AS-A-PUBLIC-GOOD NETWORK
We meet every other week via Zoom to plan legislative means to protect trees, at both the state and local levels, and to discuss what actions can be taken to address specific trees under threat.
Next online meeting: Feb 1 @ 7 pm
Please fill out this short form to get the Zoom link and join the TreesPG Network.
The ORMA GND-Climate Crisis Working Group and the TreesPG Network