skip to Main Content

Risks associated with a changing climate, such as higher temperatures, increased precipitation, and extreme weather, increase the vulnerability of everything that is special about Franklin County–our residents, infrastructure, food systems, forests, rivers, wildlife, economy, and government.

Climate resilience is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related to climate. Climate resilience is also about our ability to successfully manage the impacts of climate change while preventing those impacts from growing worse. The way we have used land in the past, how we are using it currently, and how we plan to use land in the future determines how climate resilient our communities are and can be.

Find a Staff Member

Next Events

All Events

News

FRCOG updates the Franklin County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) every four years. The RTP is a comprehensive accounting of transportation…

FRCOG received a Nonpoint Source Pollution grant through the MA Department of Environmental Protection to develop watershed-scale zoning to reduce…

FRCOG received a Nonpoint Source Pollution grant through the MA Department of Environmental Protection to develop a Dirt Roads Stormwater…

FRCOG Planning Staff are excited to share we received funding from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)…

Programs & Services
Aerial View Of A River With A Bridge Spanning Over It

Climate Resilient Rivers & Watersheds

Untreated, unmanaged stormwater, along with shifts in river pathways due to natural or human causes, are all part of a complex set of stressors impacting our rivers and their watersheds.…

More
Large Blue House On A Corner Lot.

Housing Planning

Investment in new and existing housing is a critical need in rural towns, where a mismatch exists between current housing stock and current needs. A lack of housing production, old…

More
Washed-out Roadway After A Severe Storm

Hazard Mitigation & Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Planning

A changing climate is increasing the frequency and severity of damaging storms. Hazard Mitigation Plans and Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Plans inform a community's long-term strategy to reduce damages from…

More
Clip Art Graphic Showing Human Figures Holding Green Energy Icons, Including Solar Panels, Windmills, LED Light Bulbs, And Batteries.

Clean Energy

In 2019, FRCOG was awarded funding by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) through the Affordable Access to Regional Coordination (AARC) Program to increase local-level knowledge of clean and efficient…

More
Eroded Riverbank Along The CT River.

FERC Relicensing of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage and Turners Falls Dam Hydroelectric Projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses for five hydroelectric projects on the Connecticut River expired in 2018. Two projects are located in Franklin County – the Northfield Mountain Pumped…

More
Larger-scale Solar Ground Mounts In A Field

Zoning Bylaw Technical Assistance

The FRCOG works with towns on a wide variety of zoning topics including affordable housing, floodplain overlay districts, short-term residential rentals, pollinator habitat, large-scale solar facilities and recreational marijuana.  In…

More
Image Of An Open Field With Trees And Hills In The Background

Open Space and Recreation Planning

An Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) helps a community to act strategically to protect and enhance the natural, cultural, and recreational resources they value most, makes them eligible to…

More
Icon Of A Plug

Green Communities Technical Assistance

Twenty one (21) of the 26 towns in Franklin County are now designated Green Communities. Towns can become a Green Community by meeting a set of five criteria outlined by…

More
Field Of Wildflowers

Regional Pollinator Plan

Native pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, bats and hummingbirds.  Pollinators are vital to plant reproduction and plant diversity and pollinators support many benefits that humans receive from…

More
Completed Projects

The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership is a cooperative association of municipalities and regional organizations working collaboratively to implement the goals…

Green Infrastructure, or, Low-Impact Development (LID), treats stormwater as a resource, not a waste product.  LID techniques preserve and recreate…

A Framework for Resilience is the first watershed-based climate change resiliency plan in the Commonwealth.  The Deerfield River Watershed includes…

With funding from the MassDEP’s s.319 grant program that leverages $100,000 provided by the Town of Conway’s Community Preservation Act…

The Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan, co-authored by the FRCOG and released in December 2015, presents goals and actions to…

In 2017, the FRCOG conducted an inventory of public street trees in South Deerfield and Old Deerfield, funded by a…

Recent Publications

The FRCOG staff has published a wealth of documents which are available for the public to download. Here are links to the three most recent publications.

See All Publications
Back To Top