Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership


H. 2932 – “To Enact the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership”

H. 2932 – Would create a $6,000,000 fund paid for by the taxpayers of Massachusetts, which would be controlled by a consortium of special interests, led by the wealthy, not-for -profit, biomass-landowner lobby group, MASS. FOREST ALLIANCE.

Key questions arise after reading this bill:

Why $6,000,000 of Clean Energy funds for a dirty energy project?

What would $6,000,000 be used for?

Were townspeople consulted about what they wanted for 100% Clean Energy Projects that could be of real economic benefit?

Who benefits should the bill pass?

Why does H. 2932 avoid mention of a polluting pellet manufacturing facility?

What would $24 million additional funds (sought via the US Forest Service/USDA via Rep. Neal’s office) be used for?

*** Why is the word “climate change” missing in H.2932? ***

  • Industrial logging is destroying our ecosystem and the cost-effective, readily available “carbon sink”. The so-called “junk wood”, removed with heavy machinery every working day from our public forests are sent to Vermont, New Hampshire and Canada for pollution – intensive manufacturing for use as expensive, dirty biomass fuel. Do we really want to see our tax dollars help forests, disappear and climate worsen?
  • H. 2932 contradicts the intent of the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act (2008) to reduce CO2 emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 from 1990 levels. It is a well-kept secret that 40-100% of CO2 & GHG’s stored in the soil and trees is immediately released during logging. (Ingerson, 2009) “We cannot achieve 2050 emissions targets without ramping up forest preservation.” Prof. Bill Moomaw
  • “Sustainable forestry” mentioned as a goal of H. 2932 is a myth.  No scientific data has ever, or will ever be able to prove industry and governments’ false claim of sustainable practices. “Sustainability” cannot possibly apply to collateral biodiversity destabilization and losses resulting from every industrial logging operation. Use of heavy equipment used in forest extraction today causes soil erosion and destroys subsoil mycorrhizal networks vital in the provision of nutrition, communication and defense from disease and insect infestation within the forest community.