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Legal dispute over logging in state forest back in court

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A judge has set a deadline of Friday for the sides in a legal dispute over tree cutting in a Massachusetts state forest to submit additional written comments on the case. 

Twenty-nine members of the Wendell State Forest Alliance sued the state Department of Conservation and Recreation alleging that the logging of 100-year-old oak trees in the forest in the summer of 2019 broke several state laws and regulations, according to The Recorder of Greenfield.

Assistant Attorney General Kendra Kinscherf told a Greenfield Superior Court judge this past week that the case should be dismissed, as the logging ended a year ago.

Several members of the alliance, who are not represented by an attorney, said the logging may have violated state laws meant to combat global warming, and the public was denied due process because of a lack of any meaningful way to appeal decisions regarding public forests.

The alliance is not seeking any money in the suit, but is asking the judge to declare the state's decisions wrong so a similar project won’t happen in other forests.

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