Western Massachusetts lawmakers sponsor bill to safeguard state-owned conservation land

Franklin County

WENDELL, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts lawmakers have sponsored a bill to fight air pollution and promote conservation of public lands.

The bill would safeguard all 650,000 acres of state-owned conservation land.

More than a dozen western Massachusetts lawmakers and Franklin County residents are championing a bill that would classify all state-owned conservation land as “parks” or “reserves.”

Their mission to help mitigate climate change. And when it comes to supporting forest protection, a group of area residents is opposing a plan to harvest the lumber in Wendell State Forest.

“It’s just wrong, doing all that,” said Christine Gifford of Wendell. “We all need air to breathe.”

Which is why Gifford said she supports the bill because public forests purify the air we breathe.

This proposed bill would update a law written in 1943 from logging to preserving the state’s natural forest ecosystems.

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