Protect the Commonwealth's Old-Growth Forests

Otis State Forest cropped

Although 3 million of Massachusetts' 5 million acres are forested, only 1,500 acres of this land is original old-growth forest, found scattered throughout the state in small patches. Old-growth forests are extremely rare, and serve as carbon sinks as well as rich and diverse habitat. They also serve as "living laboratories" where we can learn more about forest development, tree genetics, and climate change.

Currently, old-growth forests in Massachusetts are not lawfully protected from timber cutting. Help change that by reaching out to your state legislators!

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  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives

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To [Decision Maker],

In a time where deforestation is a global threat to our climate and our public health, we must do more here in Massachusetts to protect some of our most important forest lands.

Old-growth forests are extremely rare, and serve as carbon sinks as well as rich and diverse habitat. They also serve as "living laboratories" where we can learn more about forest development, tree genetics and climate change.

Currently, old-growth forests in Massachusetts are not lawfully protected from timber cutting; instead, they are protected only by policy that could change at any time.

I urge you to support legislation establishing a research and education program to monitor the status and promote understanding of old-growth forest reserves.



Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
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[City, State ZIP]
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