Sunday, November 27, 2022

The Standing Trees Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. News reached us recently that our friends at Standing Trees have taken Vermont to court "to force transparency and accountability in state land decision-making, as required by law". As longtime Enviro Show listeners know, this kind of action has been taken in New Jersey and here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and elsewhere. The legal option is costly and often disappointing but it is another tool in the toolbox for confronting forest destruction in a time of Climate Crisis and the Sixth Great Extinction. We will talk about this as Zack Porter returns to the show along with plaintiff, Dr. Jamison Ervin and attorney, James Dumont [UPDATE: Interview HERE]. As usual, we will also drag you along kicking & screaming to meet this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to remind anyone not paying attention that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" All that and more, but first it's time for............Revenge of the Critters! Stupid old guy tries small wildlife removal trick on a Gator? Spoiler: It doesn't go well.  

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is not on the Hill and hopefully never will be 'cuz he is as dumb as a post. Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker actually said this in early November: “What we need to do is keep having those gas-guzzling cars. We got the good emissions under those cars.” 😏


Obviously, Walker is unaware "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" As expected, COP 27 was chock full of corporados and shills for business-as-usual (even some from right here at UMass Amherst).  Also, "Attempts at the climate talks to get all countries to agree to phase out coal, oil, natural gas and all fossil fuel subsidies failed. And countries have done little to strengthen their commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the past year," said Peter Schlosser, a professor of Earth and environmental sciences at Arizona State University.  And this from The Guardian: "Our leaders had a final chance to halt climate breakdown. They failed each and every one of us". Surprise! On the upside, France is soon to require all large parking lots to have solar canopies, something we Yanks should have required long ago. It's not too late to redeem yourselves, developers!  


Now, it's time to once again visit our Good Riddance Biomass Baker Countdown Timer:

Surely Glen will have a few choice words for the outgoing Gov. and perhaps some kind words for the incoming Gov. 😉


In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we echo an AP story doing the rounds with the headline, "US advances largest dam demolition in history". This is big news! Now we echo The Boston Globe's coverage of that forest rally in the Green Mountain National Forest last week that Glen spoke about. It reads in part: "On Earth Day last April, he issued an executive order to protect mature forests on federal lands. 'We can and must take action to conserve, restore, reforest, and manage our magnificent forests here at home,' Biden wrote in the order. The order requires federal regulators to identify all the nation’s mature and old-growth forests within a year, and 'institutionalize climate-smart management' policies to protect them. There are no existing federal rules to exclusively protect those older forests. But with the US Forest Service now planning to substantially increase logging in the Green Mountain National Forest.... local climate activists have been staging protests, arguing the agency is defying Biden’s executive order and acting hypocritically." And here's some follow-up opinion on the destruction of "The Merry Maple" in Amherst, MA we spoke about on the last show. 


Time for our Enviro Show Quote of the Week:

“I am convinced that most Americans of the new generation have no idea what a decent forest looks like. The only way to tell them is to show them.”   Aldo Leopold

 After our conversation with the guests it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:


Tuesday December 6, 6pm. The Importance of Reducing Embodied Carbon: Creating Healthy Buildings & Resilient Communities. Zoom webinar. Go HERE


Wednesday December 7, 2pm. Join the John Muir Project for a webinar featuring a panel of independent scientists as they discuss and expose the misinformation surrounding the claim of 30% "forest loss" in the Southern Sierra forests. This new analysis debunks this misinformation and exposes the truth behind what's happening in our forests. Our speakers will also explain how this is impacting not only our forests, but subsequent future forest policy. REGISTER NOW: http://ow.ly/HKQl50LIqWP 


Wednesday December 7, 7pm. Peabody Peaker Hearing. Due to pressure from our climate active partners such as Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN) and Breathe Clean North Shore (BCNS), MassDEP has scheduled an in-person and remote participation public hearing to receive public comments on the "CO2 Budget ECP Application and Proposed Decision" regarding the Peabody Peaker Plant. The public hearing is to be held on December 7, 2022, at 7:00 PM, at the: Torigian Senior Center, 75R Central Street, Peabody, Massachusetts 01960. Please consider attending to help fill the room or offer public comment!  


Thursday, December 8, 6:30pmMassachusetts Pollinator Network presentation in the community room at Forbes Library on West Street in Northampton. The theme of Peggy MacLeod's talk is “Creating local solutions to biodiversity loss”, inspired by the biodiversity conference with a similar theme that I attended recently in Ireland. Here’s a link to a description of the presentation. https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/9833349


Tuesday December 13, 6:30 - 8 pm. Environmental Summit - Saving Boston's Tree Canopy and the Benefits of Natural Grass via Zoom. Go HERE.  


Tuesday, December 13, 2pm. Join us on Tuesday, December 13th at 2pm ET to discover the mental health impacts of climate change, ethical behavior in times of crisis, and psychological tools you can leverage to inspire climate action. This training will be led by PSR board member Lise Van Susteren, MD, who is a general and forensic psychiatrist based in Washington, DC, and an expert on the physical and psychological effects of climate change. To register for the training, sign up here. 


Wednesday December 14, 2:30pm. Forest Carbon Coalition Presents: What are Industrial Forest Practices Costing Us? The Climate and Societal Costs of Logging.  Join renowned economists Dr. John Talberth, Dr. Kate Anderson, and Ernie Niemi for presentations on the climate impacts of industrial forest practices and the economic imperative of moving away from these practices and towards available alternatives. There are hard dollar costs from logging, but there are also climate and societal costs impacting us all. What are they specifically and what can we do about it? Come find out! Webinar Registration Required


Wednesday December 14, 3pm.  High efficiency heat pumps - often called Cold Climate heat pumps are a key technology in helping individuals and communities move towards rapid electrification and decarbonization no matter where they are located. Because they are designed to maximize heating efficiency, they are able to keep houses warm in cold climates where temperatures fall well below zero. Our panelists from two of the leading heat pump suppliers, Mitsubishi and Daikin, will share the latest research and updates on cold climate heat pumps.   Go HERE.


Wednesday December 14, 6pm.  Speak out against the proposed Eversource-Longmeadow Pipeline!  Eversource Gas has filed with the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) for approval to build its proposed “Western Massachusetts Gas Reliability Project”. Eversource wants to build  a new meter station in Longmeadow, a new 16” 200 psi pipeline beneath the streets of Longmeadow into Springfield and an upgraded meter station going through Environmental Justice communities and downtown Springfield.  Go HERE. 


OK folks, that's  it for now but  please remember to.....what?   LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!






                                                                          


Saturday, November 12, 2022

The #KickBigPollutersOut Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. It's the waning days of 2022 so this must be COP 27?? Yes, it's the 27th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27) and doesn't it feel like Ground Hog Day!  Same thoughts & prayers/Same outrage & anger/Same promises and bullshit. Blaa, blaa, blaa!   Haven't all these world leaders and assorted corporados been told many, many times that "Our House is On Fire!!"  OK? Speaking of same old/same old, it's also Valley Free Radio's annual Fall Fund Drive when we ask you to please pay the piper and support the show and our flagship radio station. Simply go HERE and give what ever you can afford to keep this ship afloat. We thank you in advance. We still run the blog even though you won't be hearing much of it on-air, which means you can laugh at our Fool-on-the-Hill, see the Biomass Baker Good Riddance Countdown Timer, as well as be reminded (as if you needed to be) that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" but first it's time for...........Revenge of the Critters! Another snake on a flight  story.

How about meeting this week's Fool-on-the-Hill? That would be Rep. Greg Murphy (Repug-NC) who joins some of his fellow Repugnicans from the "Conservative Climate Caucus" in a junket to Egypt for COP 27. The fool made this foolish statement: “House Republicans have a common sense all-of-the-above energy plan to reduce emissions and keep our economy strong..” All of the above? We guess that must include energy sources like fracked gas and coal that are actually part of the problem. 

Since we're talking about conservatives we may as well head over to our Biomass Baker Countdown Timer....


 

We are pleased to note that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts now has a Governor Elect who will, thankfully, lead us away from most of the climate blunders Biomass Baker has bestowed upon us. Good riddance Charlie Baker. 


The Enviro Show Echo Chamber features an update on the recent action by CT River Defenders at FirstLight's intake site on the river in Northfield, MA, the deadly point at which all life in the river is sucked up into the pipe and its massive pump and killed before heading up to the reservoir on top of Northfield Mountain.  Listen and lament.....then move into action at the Defenders' site HERE

We're not sure there are that many people who are unaware but just in case, during yet another COP meeting, let us just say "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"  And just in time for COP 27 we have this headline from the New York Times: Draft Report Offers Starkest View Yet of U.S. Climate Threats  Starkest view yet? We guess they haven't been listening to this show. OK Enviro Show readers, click on the link.....if you dare. Not to be outdone of course, the folks over at Common Dreams came up with this shocker: " 'Worst Possible News': Scientists Urge Immediate Action as Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit All-Time High" And speaking of awfully stupid stuff how about Amherst cutting down the "Merry Maple" tree just in time for the Holidays?? 

 

Time for your Enviro Show Quote of the Week (even though we'll be quoting from The World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency on-air this week) This one has a dim ray of hope!

When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

- John F. Kennedy


OK, we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard now:  


Monday November 28, 8:30am.  Rally to call attention to loss of farmland to solar development , and ratepayer funding for “dual use” solar. 9am court hearing Superior Court Room, Franklin County Court House, 425 Main St. Greenfield. MA.  Summary Judgment arguments about a special permit for solar arrays in Northfield on Pine Meadow Road. Three arrays totaling 76 acres have been permitted by the Northfield Planning Board. This project is right near the Connecticut River in the "Northfield Farms" area, referred to as some of the richest farmland in the world. It has been continuously used for farming for thousands of years. This proposal is being funded by the MA solar SMART program.Should we be paying for industrial scale solar on prime farmland ?  Please attend, bring signs, spread the word.  Reply to this email for more information if needed.


Monday November 28, 5pm.  Halt Holtec/Protect Cape Cod Bay Rally. Plymouth Town Hall Green. 6:30 Speak Out. SaveOurBayMA.com    


Monday November 28, 7 to 8:30pm.   Climate Action Now  Monthly Gathering on Zoom.  Look at our latest newsletter – the best way to know about upcoming events, actions, webinars, etc.  Register HERE


Monday November 28, 8:30pm. Join Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for a LIVE organizing call on Monday to stop the Dirty Deal once and for all. The Dirty Deal would sacrifice lives, lock communities into more pollution, silence local voices, and sabotage our climate goals. We must work in solidarity to amplify strong congressional and frontline opposition. Go HERE


Thursday, December 1, 7pm.  A webinar by Doug Tallamy, PhD, for the Endangered Species Coalition. To join us for this free, virtual opportunity, please register here. Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 111 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 years. He is the author of Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, and the 2021 cofounder (with Michelle Alfandari) of Homegrown National Park


Thursday, December 8, 6:30pmMassachusetts Pollinator Network presentation in the community room at Forbes Library on West Street in Northampton. The theme of Peggy MacLeod's talk is “Creating local solutions to biodiversity loss”, inspired by the biodiversity conference with a similar theme that I attended recently in Ireland. Here’s a link to a description of the presentation. https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/9833349

 

Tuesday December 13, 6:30 - 8 pm. Environmental Summit - Saving Boston's Tree Canopy and the Benefits of Natural Grass via Zoom. Go HERE.  


Wednesday December 14, 3pm.  High efficiency heat pumps - often called Cold Climate heat pumps are a key technology in helping individuals and communities move towards rapid electrification and decarbonization no matter where they are located. Because they are designed to maximize heating efficiency, they are able to keep houses warm in cold climates where temperatures fall well below zero. Our panelists from two of the leading heat pump suppliers, Mitsubishi and Daikin, will share the latest research and updates on cold climate heat pumps.   Go HERE.



That's a wrap fror this show but please remember to listen to your Mother!

 

 

 

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Friday, October 28, 2022

The Day of The Dead Enviro Show


Greetings Earthlings. How do you honor your dead? Some folks visit the grave sites of their dearly departed, others have their photos on the wall or on the mantel. This time we invite you to join us in another exploration of ways to memorialize loved ones and contemplate plans for your own journey beyond this mortal coil. State Representative Natalie Higgins and Representative Jack Lewis join us to discuss H.4036 An Act Relative to burial alternatives that protect the environment. Also,
Candace Currie, Clerk & Director of Green Burial Massachusetts returns to talk about going green after death. [UPDATE: Interviews HERE]  As always, we will bring you along to meet this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to see if "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!", among other things but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! Just in time for one last Halloween trick; those tiny invisible COVID viruses are taking out more of the MAGA Death Cult than ever. Are you listening Stuart Rhodes?

It's a return performance for this week's Fool-on-the-Hill, Texas Repugnican Senator Ted Cruz. This time he made a fool of himself at Yankee Stadium getting a posh $2,500 seat behind home plate as Yankee fans cursed and booed him for daring to show up in New York. His security detail must get combat pay. One can only wonder how this fool even gets up every morning. How does he live with himself. How do his wife and kids live with him?? 

We can't help but wonder if any Yankee fan yelled "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" to the senator from Texas? Speaking of which, here in WMass some of us have the opportunity to vote with that in mind. The ballot question reads: "Carbon Cash-Back Public Policy Question. Shall the representative from this district be instructed to introduce and vote for legislation that puts a fee on the carbon content of fossil fuels to compensate for their environmental damage and returns most of the proceeds in equitable ways to individuals as a cash-back dividend?"  It is on the November 8th ballot as Queston 5 in the 1st Hampshire state rep. district (Lindsay Sabadosa's) and the 1st Franklin (Natalie Blais'), except in Shelburne, where it is Question 6.  It is also on the ballot in the 5th Worcester district. The idea is to amplify the concept for a 2024 election effort. Your vote counts!  And now, this: Did you know the Mississippi River is drying up? Watch THIS.  Finally this: "During the United Nations' COP26 climate summit last November, 145 nations signed the Glasgow Leaders' Declaration "to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation" by the end of the decade. One year later, "not a single global indicator is on track to meet these 2030 goals of stopping forest loss and degradation and restoring 350 million hectares of forest landscape," according to the annual Forest Declaration Assessment.

 

Time for our Good Riddance Biomass Baker Countdown Timer!

Glen will surely have a few words to say about Charlie Biomass Baker.

 

It's into the Wayback Machine for a long trip in our Enviro Show Quote of the Week:

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others.

—Thucydides

 

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have the sorry and sordid tale of plastics recycling (such as it is).   Grist tells us "According to a new report released on Monday by Greenpeace USA, no plastic product meets a common industry standard for recyclability, even though they bear the familiar “chasing arrows” recycling symbol." On the upside, Harvard's Crimson reports: "Roughly 30 Harvard and MIT students interrupted an ExxonMobil recruiting event at MIT last Wednesday in protest against big oil companies’ contributions to climate change." Meanwhile, here in the Valley, another 30+ demonstrators showed up in front of Eversourse's HQ on Rt.9 in Hadley to express their ire about the utility's plans to clearcut hundreds of acres of forest to expand their powerline corridors and run a new fracked gas pipeline into the climate justice community of Springfield. That was a Trees as a Public Good Network action and full disclosure, yours trulys participated in the event.


After out conversation with the guests we go to the Bus Stop Billboard:


 

 

Saturday, November 12,  Noon.  New England Rally for Climate Forests. It’s time to RALLY! Join in solidarity with climate and forest activists around the US calling for an end to logging mature and old-growth forests on federal public lands like the Green Mountain National Forest. The proposed Telephone Gap project on the GMNF could cut nearly 11,000-acres critical for carbon storage, biodiversity, and water quality protection. This rally is one of many planned around the US (Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Georgia. West Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, California, and Vermont). Together we can send a loud and clear message from New England to Washington, DC: "Hands-off our climate forests!" WHEN: Gather at NOON for the rally; optional visit to recent clearcuts at 1pm. WHERE: GMNF Rochester Ranger Station  RSVP: For more info and carpool options Wear orange or bright colors!


Tuesday November 15,  12 - 2pm. The Department of Energy Resources ("DOER") will hold an additional, regionally-focused virtual workshop as an opportunity for the public to engage in the ongoing Technical Potential of Solar Study. Regionally-focused breakout discussions will offer attendees the chance to share unique perspectives and concerns related to solar siting from different geographic regions of the Commonwealth.  via Zoom (Register here). While advance registration is not required to attend, it will help DOER ensure adequate resources to facilitate an engaging and meaningful event. More details can be found on the Study website.


Wednesday, November 16,  6:30pm. Myth Busters: What the US Forest Service doesn’t want you to know about the impacts of logging. Presenters: Bill Stubblefield, PhD, Bart Bouricius, and Cheryl Joy Lipton  Join us for a presentation covering the 11 most common myths the timber industry uses to excuse logging. Research backing the presentation will be included so we can help you demystify the timber industry’s propaganda. Discussion and Q+A to follow the presentation. This is a virtual event.  Click here to register.  


Thursday, November 17, 6:30 PM.  XR Boston: A Degrowth Primer. I will discuss what degrowth is, why it's necessary, and how it can supplement our current Green New Deal discourse. Sign-up here! 


Friday November 18,  7 to 8:30pm.  Ants, Plants & Birds. an exploration of the symbiotic relationships of various species of ants with plants and a great variety of insects. In the case of army ants, many bird species depend on army ant swarms. Find out how this dependance influences both temperate and tropical ecosystems. Register HERE 


Monday, November 21, 6pm. Not Sleeping? Anxious?Depressed? Who knew --it could  be the radiation from your wireless devices...IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND BUT WOULD LIKE TO JOIN ANOTHER CONVERSATION, OR PERHAPS HOST ONE OF YOUR OWN, CONTACT: MA4SAFETECH@GMAIL.COM.


That's a wrap fror this show but please remember to listen to your Mother!

 

 

Saturday, October 15, 2022

The 2022 Very Scary Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. It's time once again for our annual Halloween show which traditionally means we drag out some very scary monsters and put them on display for you but what if the monster is invisible? Kyla Bennett, Director of Science Policy with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility returns to the show to uncover the Forever Chemical, the invisible threat of PFAS. [UPDATE: Interview HERE ]So, once again some mad scientist comes up with a monster that seems to haunt us over and over and......everywhere, but we can't see it. As always, we will also frighten you in another close encounter with our Fool-on-the-Hill and during our visit to the Biomass Baker Countdown Timer as well as a reminder to those lost souls out there that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" but first it's time for Revenge of the Critters! How about this for a headline: "High Levels of 'Forever Chemicals' in Deer Prompts 'Do Not Eat' Warnings for Hunters"

Our Halloween Fool-on-the-Hill even looks like a monster. In case you never noticed, Florida Repugnican Sen. Rick Scott resembles one of those bug-eyed aliens from outer space. Besides invading the planet from some far off galaxy, Scott recommends completing the border wall and naming it after Donald Trump, putting “America First,” (think America First Nazis from the 1940s) and fighting socialism. “Socialism will be treated as a foreign combatant which aims to destroy our prosperity and freedom,” Scott’s proclaims, but we know they live 'cuz we have the magic specs! 

In The Enviro Show Chamber of Horrors the Guardian just informed us that "Earth’s wildlife populations have plunged by an average of 69% in just under 50 years, according to a leading scientific assessment, as humans continue to clear forests, consume beyond the limits of the planet and pollute on an industrial scale." If that doesn't horrify you then you are in serious need of readjustment. And this one should ruin Halloween for you & the kids: most candy wrappers contain PFAS!   Enough with the real horrors.  How about some Halloween make-believe fun! Hey kids, Go HERE  


There is one horror show we can soon put behind us however, and we have the Good Riddance Gov. Baker Countdown Timer to prove it.

 Let's call this our Halloween Treat by doing like the Pagans and casting our negatives into the Samhain bonfire.

 

OK, back to the horror show. Surely all you usual Enviro Show listeners know this, but for any newcomers who haven't heard, let's just say, "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"  We have a special Hell Night reading assignment for everyone now. It's the latest from one of our favorite hell raisers, Greta Thunberg, she of the stop with the "Blaa, blaa, blaa" who remind us "We are approaching a precipice. And I would strongly suggest that those of us who have not yet been greenwashed out of our senses stand our ground. Do not let them drag us another inch closer to the edge. Not one inch. Right here, right now, is where we draw the line."

 

Time for our Very Scary Enviro Show Quote of the Week:

"The Environmental Protection Agency warned Wednesday that a group of human-made chemicals found in the drinking water, cosmetics and food packaging used by millions of Americans poses a greater danger to human health than regulators previously thought."

- The Washington Post from June 2022 


In our interview with Kyla Bennett we will try not to scare you too much with tales of this invisible monster. There are ways to avoid it that don't include crosses, wolf's-bane or mirrors so pay close attention. Afterward it's time for the Bus Stop Billboard:


Thursday October 27, 11am.  Dual Use Solar WebinarIn 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MA DOER) established the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. This program carries special incentives for solar systems that allow “dual-use,” defined as solar on farmland where the land continues to be used for agricultural purposes. These facilities are also referred to as “agrivoltaic” systems. This presentation will offer an overview of the guidelines for dual-use, provide a close look at the economics of a dual-use system, and outline the process for planning and installing such a system.  Here is the link: Dual-Use: Agriculture and Solar Photovoltaics Webinar   


Thursday October 27, 11am.  Solving the Winter Energy Problem. Year-after-year, ISO-NE, New England’s regional electric grid operator, announces the region may have inadequate energy supplies to power the entire electric system without blackouts during the winter. This leaves New Englanders stuck in a Groundhog Day scenario, asking: if this threat to the region’s electric grid happens every year, why hasn’t it been fixed by now? Join Acadia Center’s own Amy Boyd and Melissa Birchard as they pull back the curtain on this question and present the clean energy solutions we can look towards to finally solve this problem. Go HERE


Thursday October 27, 1 p.m. Press conference followed by walk to Governor’s Office to deliver our Petition for a Moratorium on Large Ground Mounted Solar. Since launching the petition in 2021, we’ve collected about 1,500 signatures from people concerned about large ground mounted solar and battery storage being put in the wrong places across the Commonwealth. The state’s Clean Energy and Climate Plan is calling for over 150,000 more acres of ground mounted solar! This threatens our forests, water and communities. We need to let Governor Baker and the next Governor know the state must direct ratepayer and taxpayer energy subsidies to properly sited solar and energy battery storage systems – or risk an onslaught of industrial solar by private corporations that clear-cut more forests and take valuable farmland away from growing food. We hope to see you for a fun and important event! It’s not too late to sign the petition here and pass it along! 


 

Friday, October 28, 2022, 10:30-12:30 PM (rain or shine. Working forests and water protection: Explore Forest Management in the Quabbin Watershed Forest. Easy 1 mile walk. Meet at gate 49 end of Greenwich Plain Road, Ware, MA. [Go prepared with questions and be prepared for hype!] Register at: Working forests and water protection: Explore Forest Management in the Quabbin Watershed Forest. Email QuabbinVisitor.Center@mass.gov for more information 


Saturday, November 12,  Noon.  New England Rally for Climate Forests. It’s time to RALLY! Join in solidarity with climate and forest activists around the US calling for an end to logging mature and old-growth forests on federal public lands like the Green Mountain National Forest. The proposed Telephone Gap project on the GMNF could cut nearly 11,000-acres critical for carbon storage, biodiversity, and water quality protection. This rally is one of many planned around the US (Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Georgia. West Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, California, and Vermont). Together we can send a loud and clear message from New England to Washington, DC: "Hands-off our climate forests!" WHEN: Gather at NOON for the rally; optional visit to recent clearcuts at 1pm. WHERE: GMNF Rochester Ranger Station  RSVP: For more info and carpool options Wear orange or bright colors! 


Wednesday, November 16,  6:30pm. Myth Busters: What the US Forest Service doesn’t want you to know about the impacts of logging. Presenters: Bill Stubblefield, PhD, Bart Bouricius, and Cheryl Joy Lipton  Join us for a presentation covering the 11 most common myths the timber industry uses to excuse logging. Research backing the presentation will be included so we can help you demystify the timber industry’s propaganda. Discussion and Q+A to follow the presentation. This is a virtual event.  Click here to register. 


That is all for Halloween 2022. We'll be back soon enough. One thing though.....remember to listen to your Mother.