Positive relationship with local forests will help maintain a livable Western Mass.

News of a changing climate is causing fear that we are headed into a less livable future — perhaps even into a “catastrophic” future marked by “…human devastation and…extinction…” [“An appeal for coverage”, Greenfield Recorder letter, June 4, 2019].

The big picture doesn’t offer much comfort, but our local forests may offer some, especially for our own region. In fact, if the world of Western Massachusetts is to be livable in the future, it will be in part because we will have maintained a positive, protective and productive relationship with our local forests.