Western Massachusetts residents petition governor to stop logging in state forest

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After getting more than 1,100 signatures on their petition, a group of concerned citizens from western Massachusetts is calling on Governor Charlie Baker to help save the trees in Wendell’s State Forest.

According to the non-profit organization RESTORE, the North Woods, the Department of Conservation and Recreation has proposed cutting large portions of trees in the state forest to improve forest infrastructure.

“We said ‘Why are we logging this forest? What we ought to do is save it,'” Michael Kellett told 22News. “The people in Wendell want to save it. People across the state when they hear about it, they also agree, this forest should be saved.”

RESTORE advocates say they are most concerned about an 88-acre portion of land that contains oak trees that haven’t been cut for over a century.

The group says their cause has taken on a new sense of urgency because the oak trees are part of a large logging project that has already begun.

22News contacted the Department of Recreation and Conservation to see what their logging plans were, but they declined to comment.

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