State Sen. Anne Gobi to cohost environmental series 

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Staff Report
Published: 4/20/2022 4:55:12 PM
Modified: 4/20/2022 4:53:55 PM

GARDNER — In connection with Earth Day, Mount Wachusett Community College’s Senator Robert D. Wetmore Center for Forest and Wood Products will host the first in a series of panel discussions of environmental issues as well as the forest and wood products industries in the commonwealth. The event will be co-hosted by Massachusetts Sen. Anne Gobi, a friend and colleague of Sen. Wetmore.

“I am excited about this terrific partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College and grateful for the opportunity to participate and to honor the memory of Senator Bob Wetmore,” said Senator Anne Gobi. “Senator Wetmore had a deep appreciation for nature and the important role our forests play. He would be pleased to know that others are willing to share their knowledge and engage in meaningful discourse,” she added.

The first event titled “The Role of Forests in Carbon Sequestration” will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and will be moderated by MWCC forestry professor and former wilderness firefighter George Locasio.

Joining Locasio are panelists Brian Hawthorn a forester with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Laura Marx, climate solutions scientist with The Nature Conservancy, and Emma G. Ellsworth, executive director of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust.

“We rely on our forests for peaceful places to hike and relax, to build our homes, to clean our water and air, and even to sequester carbon and work to mitigate climate change. Healthy diverse aged forests are critical to maintaining the biodiversity of Massachusetts,” said Emma Ellsworth, Executive Director of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. “I am thrilled to be part of this Wetmore Center Series where we get to learn from the experts and dig into a nuanced discussion of the many roles our forests play in the commonwealth.”

Interested participants are invited to submit questions prior to the event via the event website where they will also be able to register to attend.

“We deeply appreciate Senator Gobi’s leadership on this issue, and it is an honor to mark Earth Day at MWCC by lifting up the legacy of Senator Wetmore,” said MWCC President James Vander Hooven.

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