Preserve October Mountain State Forest Gathering – Sat. 6/17/23, 11am

Posted on Jun 12, 2023 | Event Archive

Saturday, June 17, 11:00am
October Mountain, Washington, MA
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Join us for our in-person gathering in the Berkshires at the intersection of Washington Mt Road and West Branch Road, Washington, MA at October Mountain State Forest for a friendly gathering, refreshments, speakers, and a guided walk. We encourage you to bring signs, friends, for a fun in-person event.

Speakers and forest walk:

Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE: The North Woods
Dr. Bill Stubblefield, biologist and forest advocate
Susan Purser, Preserve October Mountain State Forest

About October Mountain State Forest:

At 16,500 acres, October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. You’ll find trails for any level of hiking experience, and you can also visit nearby Tanglewood, popular music venue and home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Should we be logging and managing this area? Or should it be protected like a National Park? Please sign our petition to permanently protect this forest from unnecessary and damaging human management.

Take Action:

Please add your name to the petition to Governor Healey and DCR Commissioner Arrigo to preserve October Mountain State Forest to stop the logging and other forest management activities of the 447 acres of woodlands as proposed in the “Ant Lot” project by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). In addition, we are requesting to change the DCR designation of all of October Mountain State Forest to reserve to protect this forest so it will be influenced primarily by natural processes with minimal human interference. The goal is to retain an intact forest for wildlife, water and soil protection, carbon accumulation and recreation. The Preserve October Mountain Forest project is part of a larger movement to permanently protect Massachusetts state-owned lands as reserves for recreation, wildlife, and other public benefits.

Please sign the petition here:

For more information
Susan Purser –
Save Massachusetts Forests –

Photo: Morrowlong, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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