Archive | May, 2021

Public Review of the Draft Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Recreation Map and Inventory

Through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation for the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership area, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and the Franklin Region Council of Governments (FRCOG) are developing an inventory and online map of the recreational assets in the 21-town partnership area. At this time, BRPC and FRCOG are looking for feedback on the draft inventory and map, which are available in the following links.

Map of MTWP Recreation Inventory:

Berkshire County Recreation Inventory (northern portion of county):

Franklin County Recreation Inventory (western portion of county):

Please give us your comments and corrections by May 31st to:

Franklin County:
Beth Giannini, Franklin Region Council of Governments


Northfield and Warwick MVP / HMP Listening Session & Public Comment Period

Listening Session, May 27, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The towns of Northfield and Warwick, with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, is hosting a public listening session to review key findings and priority actions that have come out of over a year of stakeholder outreach and virtual workshops. Both towns are seeking to become designated as a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) communities through the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) MVP Program. Four Community Resilience Building workshops were held virtually in February and March to discuss impacts of climate change, identify the towns’ top hazards of concern, review current strengths and vulnerabilities, and brainstorm actions to increase resiliency in three categories – infrastructure, society, and environment. By becoming a designated MVP community, both towns will be eligible to apply for MVP Action Grants to pursue identified action items.

The process will also result in an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan for each town. Once the plan is approved by FEMA and MEMA, both towns will also be able to apply for hazard mitigation funding from those agencies.

The session will be held virtually on Thursday, May 27, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. An agenda with meeting link is below:

Northfield Warwick MVP HMP Listening Session_Agenda

Public Comment Period on Draft Plan, May 28 – June 11, 2021

The session will be followed by a 2-week public comment period on the final draft plan (see links below). Comments are due by Friday, June 11, 2021. Please submit comments to Alyssa or Helena, contact information below.

FULL PLAN – Northfield and Warwick Community Resilience Building and Hazard Mitigation Regional Plan

Northfield MVP Community Resilience Building Matrix

Warwick MVP Community Resilience Building Matrix

For more information please contact: Alyssa Larose,, 413-774-3167 x127, or Helena Farrell,

Franklin County Regional Pollinator Action Plan Workshop

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) will host a Franklin County Pollinator Planning workshop on Thursday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. The workshop will be an opportunity to discuss strategies and opportunities for expanding pollinator habitat across the county and reflect on lessons learned from the work FRCOG has been doing with 8 partnering towns: Greenfield, Heath, Shelburne, Conway, Bernardston, Montague, Wendell, and Orange. The Franklin County workshop will also be an opportunity for anyone who missed the town workshops to join the pollinator habitat discussion.  Pre-register for the zoom meeting via the registration link.

With funding from an Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Planning Grant, FRCOG is working to map local pollinator habitat and resource areas and identify corridor linkages, recommend updates to local land-use regulations to include requirements for native plantings for development and pollinator-friendly landscape management practices, and create a Pollinator Habitat Corridor Implementation Toolkit.  The plan will be expandable so that with additional funding and interest from other Franklin County towns, regional pollinator corridors can be expanded across the county.  Local-level strategies such as these are critically needed to respond to climate change, habitat loss, and declining populations of wild, native pollinator species.  The sustainability of our local ecosystems, farms, and food systems is linked to pollinators.

Agenda FC Pollinator Plan Workshop 5.20.21

For additional information please contact Helena Farrell at