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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
Recently, Leverett Police Chief Gary Billings found a “Wanted” poster tacked to the bulletin board of the Leverett Village Cooperative store which is now in the hands of the state police. The poster targets Herm Eck, chief forester of the Quabbin and Ware River watersheds. I was forwarded a copy of the poster and find it frighteningly similar to the scare tactics used by extreme pro-life activists prior to their acts of violence. At the top, the poster proclaims, “WANTED! For ecological crimes against the Quabbin watershed and environment.” Mr. Eck is referred to as a “Tree Nazi aka The Butcher of the Quabbin.”
Using forest management practices established for maximizing volume while maintaining quality, the Quabbin Reservoir and watershed has been superbly managed for over 50 years. In fact, the water quality is so pure the Commonwealth was given a waiver and does not need to install a filtration plant originally mandated by the federal government – saving the Commonwealth billions of tax dollars. Yet, these Eco-Terrorists believe that their view of what is best for the Quabbin is somehow superior. They need to get a life and stop their bullying and vicious assault on those who should be rewarded for their work, not condemned.