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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.

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Happy New Year from all of us at the FRCOG! In the last quarter of 2023, we finalized several municipal…

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Atwood as our new Director of Planning. A long-standing employee of…

Many farms across Massachusetts have been impacted by the July 2023 storms. The MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources has developed…

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) has been awarded their eighth competitive grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…

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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.

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Franklin Regional Planning Board

Small Town Housing Workgroup

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