Thank you Massachusetts! You showed up and made your support for our precious natural resources shown to local and state lawmakers. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for updates on legislative and local action.
In Onset (Wareham) tribal, town and local leaders came together to speak for the land. The town’s planning board is holding public hearings on the permanent removal of hundreds of acres of forest for placement of industrial solar arrays and collection in residential areas. Above, from top left: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Leader & Mashpee Town Council member David Weeden; Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribal Leader Melissa Harding Ferretti; MA State Senator Marc Pacheco (D); Sen. Pacheco speaks with the Wendell State Forest Alliance; Michael Kellett, Save Massachusetts Forests; Frank Mand, Town of Plymouth Planning Board SEMPBA founding member.
“Also known as Pitch Pine/Scrub Oak Barrens, pine barrens are a globally rare habitat type, with Massachusetts supporting the third largest example in the world(behind New Jersey and Long Island). Protection of barrens habitat will also help protect the recharge area for the largest groundwater reserve in the state [of Massachusetts]. “
Southeastern Massachusetts Natural Resource Atlas, 2004
Massachusetts has one of the most unique forested ecosystems here at home and is the 8th most forested state in the United States! However, deforestation in Massachusetts for development has been increasing at an alarming rate! Species have already gone extinct in Massachusetts and the rapid pace of development causing more loss.
Here in Southeastern Massachusetts, including Carver, Wareham, and Plymouth, the unique Pine Barrens ecoregion is being clear-cut for industrial solar development and strip mining operations!
This map shows the unprotected and/or undeveloped land in Southeastern Massachusetts that is ‘up for grabs’ by large profit-seeking corporations.
Our network is working to save the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens from mining and industrial development!
Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world likely…UN IPBES Report on Biodiversity and Climate Change
We have lost so much – and that is why it is so important protect what is left.