Noted forest preservationists to speak in Shelburne Falls

Photo : Mary Serreze


SHELBURNE FALLS — Groups that have taken a stand against logging in state forests plan two upcoming public talks under the rubric of “Massachusetts Forests: A 21st Century Vision.”

Both talks start at 7 p.m. at Mohawk Trail Regional High School, and are organized by Concerned Citizens of Franklin County and RESTORE: The North Woods.

On Oct. 18, Michael Kellett will speak on the topic of “Saving Massachusetts Forests for Climate, Nature, and People.” Kellett, co-founder of RESTORE, says forests store carbon to fight climate change, provide habitat, preserve historic and sacred sites, and offer places of recreation.

“Yet, almost all of our forests are currently open to resource extraction, which is undermining these values,” Kellett writes. “We need to take action now to protect our forests, before it is too late.”

On Nov. 1, scientist Bill Moomaw and woodland expert Bob Leverett will discuss “Forest Treasures of Massachusetts and Their Hidden Value.”

Moomaw is Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is also a lead author of the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

Leverett is co-founder of the Native Tree Society and co-author of the Sierra Club Guide to Eastern Old Growth Forests.

The role of logging in the state’s publicly owned forests remains a matter of heated controversy, with some saying it’s good for the economy and forest health, and others strongly disagreeing.

If you go:

What: Massachusetts Forests: A 21st Century Vision
Where: Mohawk Trail Regional High Shool
When: Oct. 18 and Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

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