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Mt. Wachusett Clearcut Happening NOW! (english)
13 Sep 2003
Modified: 14 Sep 2003
The clearcutting of the old-growth buffer zone at the Mt. Wachusett Ski area has begun. Come to a protest THIS MORNING!
As we speak, loggers are have begun clearcutting the old-growth buffer zone at the Mt. Wachusett Ski Area. The tree-sitters remain in place for now, but it is assumed that equipment will be brought in to remove them. State police and security people are trying to keep supporters away, but it is important to remember that Mt.Wachusett is PUBLIC LAND and should not be the private playground of the Crowley family or anyone else. This is our own homegrown example of privatization and corporate corruption.

There will be a protest THIS MORNING at the Mt. Wachusett Visitor Center (further up the road from the ski area entrance). Please come and show your support for the tree-sitters and the protection and preservation of public lands and the eco-sphere.

Directions to Mt. Wachusett: http://www.boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=15768&group=webcas
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Report on Wachusett, Sept. 13, 2003 (english)
14 Sep 2003
Looks like I'm ahead of the regular work crews, here!

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003. In the early hours of their work day, the logging crew out cutting public property off of the Wachusett Mountain watershed in the interests of -- get this -- putting up a separate snow-boarding slope?

One of the guys thought it would be funny to scare the tree-sitter and began cutting a 75' tree so it would angle toward the tree-sit. The funny situation was noticed by the police who had their vehicle under the tree-sit who moved it out of the way but they didn't discourage the logger's cute little game.

Unfortunately, his joke wasn't so funny because the tree did, indeed, start to fall directly for the tree-sit. As if the movement needed another David "Gypsy" Chain style murder! Fortunately, this guy is not a murderer because he and his buddies got a grip on the tree and maintained it until equipment could be brought to angle it away from the tree-sit.

Way to go, guys! You made the best of a stupid joke. Now try thinking about why we're out there trying to stop this mutilation of our public parklands! For you it's a job. You gotta work too, right? I hear that. But what you're helping with here is vandalism which some rich folks are putting over on the citizens of this state. Not to mention that this part of the mountain was legally watershed territory for a couple of towns untill the Crowleys started throwing their weight around. Suddenly it ain't watershed anymore. My oh my. Funny how that happens.

The support demo, across the road from the logging road up to this vandalism scenario was cheered by drumming and conversation. Signs were held up and when a sign saying "HONK" was made, we got active responses from most of the people passing. One gentleman (I suspect a local) stopped to donate money for food for the tree sit. Another local woman stopped to thank us. When I said I couldn't figure out how the Crowleys got around the watershed issue, she said, "Yeah, makes you wonder who got bought off." I told her I didn't think it was money exactly -- I suspected political pressure.

I have been informed that as of 7: p.m. the support demo was still in existence (I left at 5:p.m.) and the newest twist to the twisted story of the Crowleys and their sweetheart relationship with the police brought in to back them up is -- get this -- that there is to be a twenty-four hour watch on the tree sitters. I'm not sure but I think it's to keep them from getting food and water. Way to go, huh?

So remember, if you want to steal public property, vandalise the State Parks and own your very own official Police baby-sitters, make sure you get really really rich and politically influential.