Funeral Procession for the Lowell Mountains, Tuesday, August 7

An obituary:
In loving memory of The Lowell Mountains. Born 250 million years ago. Died unpeacefully from multiple explosions and mountain top removal for industrial wind farms. The Lowell mountains provided a fertile habitat to many species including bear, moose, deer, catamount, coyote and eagles. The pristine ecosystem of the Lowell Mountains were the source for some of the worlds cleanest water as well as being the headwaters for springs and rivers throughout the region. In addition several generations of Vermont farmers settled in the basin of these mountains along the Bailey Hazen Road built during the revolutionary war to access Canada.

Please come and join in a funeral procession up to the top of the Lowell Mountains on Aug. 7th @ 9:00am. Wear black and bring flowers or whatever else you feel is appropriate for a funeral. The hike up the mountain is approximately one mile on steep, often muddy terrain.

Directions: Take Route 14 to Albany. Turn onto New St. follow uphill (New St. will become Larabee Hill Road) to the Bailey Hazen Road on the right – follow to the end of the road.Image


3 comments on “Funeral Procession for the Lowell Mountains, Tuesday, August 7

  1. Bruce Post says:

    To call this a “funeral,” is ill-advised, although I agree that we should mourn what has happened on Lowell Mountain. The mountain is not a corpse; it remains alive. It is, however, being tortured, inflicted with sharp punctures on its spine. It survives but is in pain. And, that pain radiates throughout the mountain’s ecology.

    Long after we are gone and the knives – the wind towers – in its backbone have either toppled or been removed, Lowell Mountain will continue to live. I prefer to give it as much comfort as I can and not give up on its life.

    Here is a paragraph to ponder from Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley (when you read “desert,” think “mountain”):

    “If the most versatile of living forms, the human, now fights for survival as it always has, it can eliminate not only itself but all other life. And if that should transpire, unwanted places like the desert might be the harsh mother of repopulation. For the inhabitants of the desert are well trained and well armed against desolation. Even our own misguided species might re-emerge from the desert. The lone man and his sun-toughened wife who cling to the shade in an unfruitful and uncoveted place might, with their brothers in arms – the coyote, the jackrabbit, the horned toad, the rattlesnake, together with a host of armored insects – these trained and tested fragments of life might well be the last hope of life against non-life. The desert has mothered magic things before this.”

    Yes, Lowell Mountain is being ravaged by the forces of non-life. Sadly, it is one more example of the long war Vermonters have waged on the mountains. Let us not bury Lowell Mountain. It lives, and when its torture is over, it may very well have the last laugh. Mountains have mothered magic things before this.

  2. alan.sloman says:

    We held a similar protest in the Scottish Highlands last year: The “Wake for the Wild”. You can find out more by clicking HERE
    Good luck with your event!

  3. Ron Sarja says:

    Check out what is currently happening with the wind project on Nantucket Sound in Massachusetts. It is being haulted for further study. Apparently it is an aviation disaster for low flying aircraft.

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