Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Project

Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Project:  

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), in partnership with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) and the Franklin Land Trust (FLT) is conducting a planning and public outreach process to explore interest in a new partnership with State and Federal agencies for 21 towns in northwestern Massachusetts.  (See Area Map)  The partnership could lead to a new designation by the State and U.S. Forest Service which could provide state and federal funds and technical assistance to expand forestry activities on privately owned land and to support tourism based businesses.  This potential designation would focus on forest-based economic development like recreational tourism, forest management, and research on new forest related manufacturing technologies.  Regional public meetings were held in November 2013 and individual community meetings were held in early 2014.  Since then an Advisory Committee has been meeting to define the parameters of this effort.  A draft plan has been prepared.  Funding for this project has been provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 

Contact:  Tom Matuszko, Assistant Director, 413-442-1521 ex 34 or via e-mail.