In a recent post, I wrote about the helpful ways that the DCR has enabled the Wachusett Mountain Ski area to take over half the mountain.

Another group that our ever-accommodating civil servants gives a helping hand to is the logging industry.

Throwing around such cute terms as “forest management” and habitat, the DCR has allowed loggers to clear-cut hundreds of acres of public land – some of it specifically off-limits to logging.

In Chesterfield, for example, 34 acres of land that had been legally protected against logging was clear cut. OOPS! DCR commissioner Richard Sullivan assures everyone that the person responsible has been disciplined.

How, exactly, is unclear.

DCR also said that other examples of clear-cuting should never have happened, that selective culling guidelines were not followed, etc., etc. In response, they’ve held meetings, asked for public input.

That’s nice. It won’t replace the trees, and where was their interest in studying the matter and getting input before the cutting?

And why the rush, not to mention the secrecy?

If they’re so intent on protecting critical habitats and water supplies, how did they manage to lose their green-forestry certification?

Why would so many loggers be lining up to cull a few trees?

Much of the conservation land in Massachusetts is old farmland. The trees that have grown there, are now matured to the point they are valuable as lumber. There’s money to be made here, and these people don’t give hoot about the damage they’re causing, and the people at DCR are holding the door open for them.