Calendar

Oct
18
Wed
“Forest Protectors SAY NO to Bioenergy” Vigil @ Sanderson Academy
Oct 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

“Forest Protectors SAY NO to Bioenergy” Vigil
9:30-11:00 AM
WED., October 18
at Mass. Forest Alliance’s “Celebrate National Bioenergy Day” event
at Sanderson Academy
808 Cape Street, Ashfield, MA

A Department of Energy ResrourcesDOER SAPHIRE grant to the tune of ? Provided for the installation of a pellet boiler at Sanderson Academy which replaced their Propane Gas Boiler.

Oct
21
Sat
Forest Protectors Unite! @ Green Fields Market Community Room
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join our team of Forest Protectors! 
Help build this movement for change in policies and practices that are fracturing and destroying forest habitat and worsening climate at the same time.
Bring your own food items &/or beverage and your concern/agenda item about how deforestation is making climate change worse!
What is your particular concern and a practical skill that you can offer to this important cause?
 
2nd Floor – Community Room
Green Fields Market Coop-Franklin County Community Coop
144 Main Street
Greenfield,MA 01301
Please stay in touch by email at: massforestrescue@gmail.com
Oct
24
Tue
Forest Protectors Unite! @ Green Fields Market - Community Room
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join our team of Forest Protectors! 
Help build this movement for change in policies and practices that are fracturing and destroying forest habitat and worsening climate at the same time.
Bring your own food items &/or beverage and your concern/agenda item about how deforestation is making climate change worse!
What is your particular concern and a practical skill that you can offer to this important cause?
 
2nd Floor – Community Room
Green Fields Market Coop-Franklin County Community Coop
144 Main Street
Greenfield,MA 01301
Please stay in touch by email at: massforestrescue@gmail.com
Oct
26
Thu
BURNED Are Trees the New Coal? @ Woods Hole Research Center
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm

BURNED takes an unwavering look at the latest energy industry “solution” to climate change. The film tells the story of how woody biomass has become the fossil-fuel industry’s renewable, green savior, and spotlights the people and parties on both sides who are fighting against it or promoting its adoption and use.

Through interviews with activists, experts, and citizens, the film interweaves the science of climate change, the escalating energy policy disputes, the dynamics of forest ecology, the biomass industry practices, and the actions of activists and citizens who are working to protect
the forest , their communities, and the climate..

BURNED filmmakers Lisa Merton and Alan Dater will be joining WHRC for this event. Among those interviewed in the film are WHRC Senior Scientist Skee Houghton and WHRC Board Chair Bill Moomaw. Run time: 77 minutes.

Seating is limited. Registration is highly recommended.

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Oct
29
Sun
Benefit Concert to Protect Indigenous Ceremonial Landscapes @ Shea Theater
Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Introduced by Doug Harris, Narragansett Indian Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, this concert by local musicians at the Shea Theater (Turners Falls) will benefit the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape.
Featured musicians include Northfield’s own Joe Graveline & Nina Gross; Pat & Tex LaMountain; Cathy Sylvester & Joe Pod; Orlen & Gabriel; and Kate O’Connor & Rico from Blue Rendezvous.
  5:00pm-7:00pm October 29th.
Tickets $15 online Sheatheater.org; or $18 at the door.
 
More details:

The forests of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the Indigenous peoples of this region.  The traditional belief is that these stone structures were placed to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.

Regretably, some of these Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features are now being destroyed for gas pipeline projects and solar array construction projects, including many, many identified by Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Doug Harris in Otis State Forest in Sandisfield, Massachusetts and the Cowls property in Shutesbury, where Doug Harris was trespassed, along with Nipmuk, Mohawk and Mahican native decendants and allies.(who are pro solar power and Native American Human Rights and HIstorical significance advocates). These dedicated friends have sought justice in the Springfield Court;have written letters; and attended meetings for 1.5 years.  They object to this unconscionable rapid removal by destructive fellerbuncher heavy machinery of 30 Acres of pristine forests, (adjacent to two wetlands and including Native American burials and sacred prayer stones), which will profit both Lucinda Jones of one of the largest landowners in Massachusetts and owner of DW Cowls. (Jones Real Estate, Atkins Farm, etc. ) The projects will reportedly benefit a relative of Jones who is part of Lake Street Development. (Chicago)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is supposed to enforce the National Historic Preservation Act, ensuring that these ceremonial stone landscapes are studied before it licenses projects, but doesn’t. The Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO) is asking for public support to bring its case against FERC to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Challenging FERC in the courts will be a long and costly endeavor.  To support this effort, a benefit concert will be held on Sunday, October 29th from 5-7:30pm at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA. Online contributions can also be made by visiting https://tinyurl.com/protectsacredstones or you can make out a check to our fiscal sponsor “Creative Thought and Action, 501c3” and mail to Rene Theberge, Treasurer; 250 Shutesbury Rd., Amherst, MA.
Defense of the Shutesbury property is difiicult because the Planning Board is ignoring its own Condition Number 1 in order to allow the developer to proceed.  The question remains why are these destructive actions going forward in spite of local to states-de and neighboring objections including objections to the use by the developer of multiple toxic substances which could endanger neighbors, human and non-human species?  Are these not a modern day examples of ethnocide and ecocide, racism in its ugliest of forms, continuing colonialist dominion as falsely “authorized by numerous examples referencing the “Doctrine(s) of Discovery initially issued by the Papal Bull known as “Inter Caetera” in the 1493 at the request of the Queen of Spain.
Doug Harris will be doing a presentation at the Wendell library on the 18th of this month with regards to Ceremonial Stone Landscapes.