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Read the Ecological Resilience in Deerfield Report

In conjunction with the Deerfield Tree Inventory project, students from the Conway School of Landscape Design conducted a town-wide ecological assessment, assessing the role of trees in climate change resilience. Read Ecological Resilience in Deerfield: Trees As Living Infrastructure.



The Deerfield Tree Inventory project was funded by a MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant.  As part of this project, FRCOG planning staff inventoried public trees, analyzed findings and prepared a tree planting and maintenance plan. This project builds upon the 2016 Tree Inventory conducted by the FRCOG and includes data gathered in 2016. The Deerfield Tree Inventory report will be released in June 2018.

 

 

View the Buckland Rail Yard Plan

The Conway School of Landscape Design partnered with the FRCOG to re-imagine the parking lot and rail yard behind the Salmon Falls Gallery in Buckland in fall of 2017. David Grist, Conway School student, conducted extensive analysis and design. View his findings and recommendations in this plan set: Rail yard-plan set-FRCOG-final comp.

A page from David Grist’s final plan set:

Charlemont MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Charlemont’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on this link to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Charlemont MVP public meeting on June 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., located at the Charlemont Town Hall at 157 Main Street.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 13 to June 27. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to psmith@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

Attention: Pat Smith

Ashfield and Conway MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan for the Towns of Ashfield and Conway and the South River Watershed is available for public review and comment. Click on this link to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the MVP public meeting Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conway Town Hall.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 13th to June 27th. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to kmacphee@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

Attention: Kimberly MacPhee

Buckland MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Buckland’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on this link  to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Buckland MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Buckland Select Board meeting on June 26 at 5:30 p.m., located at the Buckland Town Hall, Second Floor. Click on this link for meeting notice details. Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 14th – 28th. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to MRhodes@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments
12 Olive Street, Suite 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
Attention: Megan Rhodes

Draft Colrain MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Colrain’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on this link to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Colrain MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Colrain Select Board meeting on June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Colrain Town Office, located at 55 Main Road in Colrain.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 4 to June 18. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to maryc@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

Attention: Mary Chicoine

Wendell Community Food Assessment Findings Published

FRCOG Planning staff assisted the Town of Wendell’s Agricultural Commission, along with the Wendell Energy Committee, with a Community Food Assessment in 2017. The focus of the assessment was to determine the level of interest of residents to buy more locally produced food, and to determine what types of foods are already being produced in Wendell. Findings of the Community Food Assessment Survey can be reviewed here. A directory of food producers and food-related resources has been developed and will be published by the Wendell Agricultural Commission in early 2018.

 

MVP Program Bidders Conference

Please join the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs this Wednesday, May 3rd at 10 AM at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Office in Greenfield for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program Bidders Conference. The purpose of the meeting is to answer your questions about the Commonwealth’s new municipal grant program.

10 to 11:30 AM Wednesday, May 3rd, 12 Olive Street, 1st floor conference room, Greenfield, MA

The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) will provide support for cities and towns across the state to begin the process of planning for resiliency.  The state will award communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans.  Communities will be able to define extreme weather and natural and climate related hazards, identify existing and future vulnerabilities and strengths, develop and prioritize actions for the community, and identify opportunities to take action to reduce risk and build resilience.

MVP certified providers will be trained in workshops across the state to provide technical assistance to communities in completing the assessment and resiliency plan using the Community Resilience Building Framework.  Towns and cities will then be able to choose the provider of their choice from a list of certified providers.

Communities who complete the MVP program will become certified as an MVP community and eligible for follow-up grant funding and other opportunities.

The RFR for communities to enroll in the grant program is posted here.

 

Grant Funding for Field Data Collection for Undersized Culverts

The Division of Ecological Restoration has funding available for Massachusetts municipalities to complete the critical collection of field data for culvert replacement design (field data collection) for a degraded or undersized culvert located in an area of high value for fish and wildlife habitat and which replacement would benefit community and ecological storm resiliency. The purpose of a field data collection is to gather technical information and analyses necessary to engineer and design a culvert or road-stream crossing to meet the goals of the Massachusetts River and Stream Crossing Standards. Eligible Projects must be located on a public way, owned and maintained by the town, and be associated with a freshwater, non-tidal stream crossing. Massachusetts municipalities are eligible to apply.

Interested communities can find more information in the RFR itself and are encouraged to contact Tim Chorey 617-626-1541; timothy.chorey@state.ma.us. LINKED HERE: https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/bidDetail.sdo?docId=BD-17-1046-DER-FWE01-11818&external=true&parentUrl=bid

The deadline for the application is January 27, 2017. Mr. Chorey can answer questions regarding potential projects up until January 16, 2017. After January 16, 2017, he can only answer technical questions about the application, and they must be submitted by email prior to January 20, 2017 5pm.

Climate Change Survey Open

The FRCOG is in the beginning stages of developing a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Franklin County and is seeking responses to their Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency for Franklin County Survey. This survey focuses on Franklin Town towns and how flooding impacts their infrastructure and natural resources.

CLICK HERE to take the survey. And check back for more information on the Climate Change Adaptation Plan, getting underway in 2017!