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June 26, 2022:
What: Free Event – Info Session and Pine Barrens Tour
When: Sunday, June 26th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Southeastern MA Pine Barrens Alliance Office (158 Center Hill road, Plymouth, MA)
Why: Southeastern Mass is ground zero for destructive sand mining and large solar clear-cutting rare forests & polluting our water! Join us to learn about why these forests and waterways are critical to climate resiliency and a sustainable future & what you can do to help. Speakers and tour guides include biologist Bill Stubblefield & ecologist Burt Bouricious
August 13, 2022
What: 2nd Annual Massachusetts Statewide Rally Honoring the Land
Organized by Concerned Citizens of Franklin County
When: Saturday, August 13th from 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Turners Falls- Peskeonskut Park; more locations TBA
Why: To raise awareness and take action to protect our forests and waters from harmful clear-cutting and ecosystem destruction for ground-mounted solar and sand mining
The Bruce Katz Band
Karl Meyer, Environmental Journalist
Fred Beddall, Full-Time Farmer
Donations encouraged to support efforts to protect forests and farmland
Watch footage of last year’s rally!
NEW: CARVER, MA September 22, 2021 at 7:00-8:00 PM at the Carver Library join the Community Land and Water Coalition for a listening and learning session about the dangers of ground-mounted industrial soil and earth removal on a massive scale.
What impact does this have on all of our eco-systems? What is “greenwashing”? Is trading forests for solar a net-loss? How can community members get involved?
PRESS RELEASE: Statewide rally demands moratorium on solar subsidies to protect forests and waters
Read the press release here.
Recordings of the events can be viewed here!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME TO SUPPORT OUR CAUSE AT THE STATEWIDE RALLY ON JULY 31!
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.
June 24, 2021 at 7PM – Webinar: Community Planning for Conservation
Join us in welcoming experts from Mass Audubon, Heidi Ricci – Director of Policy and Advocacy. This virtual workshop will focus on the value of natural areas for climate resilience, and guide you through how to speak up for open space protection in local planning. This workshop is specialized for Southeastern Massachusetts Towns of Wareham, Carver, and Plymouth as well as others.
- Value of Nature in climate resilience
- Basics of local government and planning board functions
- How to be involved in civic processes
- How to advocate for open space protection with a focus on the roles of land in resiliency
- Balancing land protection with community housing and development need
To register, please use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZYlde6przkuGNPOk185gzbEBB3TA…
April 22, 2021 at 7 pm ET – Webinar: Our Water: Indigenous perspectives, youth voices, science and activism
Join us for Earth Day in the Pine Barrens, an exciting and informative presentation about activism, Indigenous connections to our land and water, and a scientific perspective on the Plymouth Carver Sole Source Aquifer.
Melissa Ferretti, Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, Chairlady and President
Kitty Hendricks-Miller, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Education Director: youth education and protecting water.
Brittany Walley, Nipmuc Tribe: Indigenous relationship to water and taking action.
David Boutt, Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst: Hydrology and Hydrogeology of the Plymouth Carver Sole Source Aquifer: A Source of Water to Ponds, Wetlands, and Drinking Water Wells.
Warren Winders, Trout Unlimited: Protecting Red Brook in Wareham. How communities can restore nature and our waterways.
April 22, 2021 at 8:30 pm ET – Film premier: Bright Green Lies
April 6, 2021 – Webinar: Wareham Rezoning: Financial Boon or Bust?