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State logging draws concerned crowd in Amherst

By WGGB Staff

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Western Massachusetts residents gathered in Amherst Tuesday to discuss concerns over logging on state-owned land, which some consider to be too aggressive.

A forum was held at the middle school, where residents from as far away as Berkshire County talked about the need to send their concerns over the amount of state forests being commercially logged to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

According to people at the forum, the committee overseeing the logging process has called for 66 percent of over 300,000 acres of forests to be protected from commercial cutting. However, some at the meeting said they are concerned areas such as the Quabbin Reservoir and other watershed areas are not included in that proposal.


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