To: Leo Roy, Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Maura Healey, Attorney General of Massachusetts, Matthew A. Beaton, Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Peter Church, Director of Forest...

Save the Brook Rd. Forest in Wendell State Forest - 110 year old oak forest

We, the People of Wendell, state that we want this 80-acre, 110-year old oak forest placed in reserve status, and classified as a zone 1 wildland pursuant to the forest management policies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We want our forest as a living, wild and natural asset, not to be "managed" and turned into dead logs for the biomass and wood pellet industry. We choose nature as the "manager" of the Wickett Pond Forest. Located between the two ponds, this forest is one of the most visited, loved and cherished areas in Wendell State Forest. We invite anyone in our area who appreciates this pristine untouched forest to sign our petition in support of protecting it.

Article 7, Massachusetts Constitution:
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men: Therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity and happiness require it.
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/Constitution

Please go the extra mile:
• add your comments here about what this forest means to you
• call, write, or email DCR. State that DCR must restore adherence to its stated forest management policies; mass.parks@state.ma.us, (617) 626-4973
* attend the next monthly DCR Stewardship Council Public Meeting https://bit.ly/2qEBSY2

Why is this important?

This particular portion of Wendell State Forest has not been logged in over 110 years. It is one of the oldest, and most untouched, pristine parts of Wendell State Forest. It WILL be logged in November 2018 if it is not stopped. This forest is enjoyed by the people of Wendell and the surrounding area. It is the most loved, most walked portion of Wendell State Forest. We the people of Wendell, and the surrounding area do not want it "managed" for the benefit of the biomass, and wood pellet industry. We want this 80 acre old oak forest reserved as a wildland. This forest has been a wildland for over 100 years. We want it to remain exactly as it is, untouched by human interference.

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Reasons for signing

  • We feel deeply connected to this pristine forest's right to exist, without being humanly managed. We take this stand to protect its innate integrity, its capability to manage itself. We ask the people who wish to intervene in the life of this forest, to take the time to understand the points of view that we are presenting to you, to review in open-minded ways the perspectives of indigenous peoples, for example. Thank-you.
  • I SUPPORT PRESERVATION OF THIS SPECIAL AND UNIQUE AREA, AS WELL AS ELIMINATING COMMERCIAL LOGGING IN ALL STATE DCR LANDS.
  • Stop killing trees and create grant programs to let farmers grow hemp.