Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership (MTWP) is a collaboration between 21 municipalities in western Franklin county and northern Berkshire county, the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), several non-profit organizations and the U.S. Forest Service. The goal of the MTWP is to increase forest conservation, sustainable forestry, natural resource based economic development, recreation, and the fiscal stability of participating towns.
For the past four years, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), the Franklin Land Trust, and the MA EOEEA have been working with a regional Advisory Committee to design this project to address the intersection of conservation, economic, and municipal issues.
State and federal legislation will need to be passed in order to include the US Forest Service as an active participant and to bring their financial and technical resources to the region. If adopted, the MTWP has the potential to bring a new source of funding to assist the region’s landowners in conserving and caring for their woodlands. FLT is supporting the state legislation that is currently in process.
Click here to read a summary of the project and its accomplishments to date.
For more information about the MTWP, download our Frequently Asked Questions.
To download a copy of the state legislation, click here.
To read the partnership plan and associated documents, visit FRCOG at http://frcog.org/program-services/land-use-planning-zoning/