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Will local control be lost? State climate bill likely to usurp authority over siting of clean energy infrastructure
06-20-2024 3:53 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Regional planning groups and local municipalities remain wary of the looming implications on municipal jurisdiction, should the state’s massive climate bill move ahead in the coming weeks with promises to reform the slow process of siting and...

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FERC to prepare Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight operations
06-17-2024 5:48 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s operations along the Connecticut River amid concerns that the dams might have a negative impact...


More than 200 acres protected for agriculture in Deerfield’s North Meadows
06-15-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the execution of two separate conservation restrictions by Historic Deerfield and the Antonellis family, more than 200 acres of land in Deerfield will remain permanently accessible for agriculture.In early May, Historic Deerfield...


Earth Matters: Swamps, stewardship and conservation: What does it mean to care for a forest?
05-31-2024 2:24 PM

By CHRISTINE HATCH

Swamps are great story villains. They are notoriously difficult to navigate due to their sinking sticky mud, spiked vines and dense vegetation; they are neither fully land nor water, negating boats and footwear as helpful vessels for traversing them;...


Leyden designated as Green Community, commits to reducing municipal energy consumption
05-29-2024 3:57 PM

By SAM FERLAND

LEYDEN — After making a commitment to reduce municipal energy consumption by 20% within the next five years, Leyden has been designated as a Green Community by the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER).This designation opens the door for the...


Volunteers plant 50 new trees in Northfield to celebrate town’s 350th anniversary
05-27-2024 11:36 AM

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Tree50th Project has reached its goal of planting 50 new shade and ornamental trees along Northfield’s Main Street in honor of the town’s 350th anniversary.Organized by five members of the Northfield Garden Club, the...


Montague charts out solar future
05-23-2024 4:25 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

MONTAGUE — As the state incentivizes solar to meet its mandated Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030, the town will likely see a significant expansion of solar power and proposals from developers in the coming years. With this in mind,...


Greenfield residents seek to donate combined 32 acres to city for conservation
05-15-2024 5:31 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The city might receive three parcels of conservation land between the Mohawk Trail and Shelburne Road spanning a combined 32 acres in the months ahead, as two residents intend to donate private land to the Conservation Commission.The...


Four Rivers Climate Club organizes litter cleanup, panel on environmental activism
05-09-2024 3:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — In an effort to raise further awareness of climate change and the power of collective action, the new Climate Club at Four Rivers Charter Public School held a day of action this week with a speaker panel and trash pickup around the...


Montague Cemetery Commission dedicating town’s first green burial site
04-25-2024 5:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

MONTAGUE — Judith Lorei, a member of the town’s Cemetery Commission, says residents have been asking about green burial options for years, but there was no cemetery in town that allowed it.That is, until now.On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Cemetery...


PHOTOS: Artsy and informative
04-22-2024 6:57 PM


Millers Meadow idea would ‘completely transform’ Colrain Street lot in Greenfield
04-22-2024 3:31 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The environmental nonprofit Greening Greenfield is seeking the city’s approval to plant a small forest and meadow along the perimeter of the former site of the Wedgewood Gardens mobile home park on Colrain Street.If approved, the group...


Earth Matters: From Big Sits to Birdathons: Birding competitions far and near
04-19-2024 10:51 AM

By JOSHUA ROSE

A few months ago, headlines flared that Peter Kaestner had seen his 10,000th bird species. This could have been anticlimactic, as Kaestner has been renowned for years among birders for traveling worldwide and seeing more species than anyone.However,...


Ashfield considers seeking ‘Climate Leader’ designation
04-18-2024 2:25 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ASHFIELD — About 35 people turned out to Town Hall on Wednesday for a forum about the possibility of getting Ashfield a “Climate Leader” designation from the state and what that would entail.The Energy Committee hosted Chris Mason from the state...


County cleanups on tap for Earth Day
04-17-2024 5:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents across Franklin County plan to get their hands dirty in celebration of Earth Day, with various cleanup events on the horizon.In Colrain, residents can roll up their sleeves and pick up roadside litter as part of “Spruce Up Colrain.” There is...


Greenfield Conservation Commission asks mayor to transfer Stone Ridge Lane parcel
04-10-2024 4:49 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Following up on its requests under the former administration, the Conservation Commission asked Mayor Ginny Desorgher on Tuesday to bring the proposed transfer of the 13-acre Stone Ridge Lane property for use as permanently protected...


Climate expert to speak at All Souls Church in Greenfield
04-04-2024 12:58 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — William Moomaw is accustomed to giving lectures on the effects of climate change, but not from the pulpit of a place of worship.That is set to change on Sunday morning, when the retired Tufts University professor will visit Greenfield to...


As Earth Day approaches, blue trash bags available for litter cleanup in Greenfield
03-29-2024 2:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Residents can pick up blue trash bags to fill with litter for free curbside pickup at any time of year. But, says the man who organizes the Franklin County Rivers Cleanup, what better month to remind people about that fact than the one...


Conservation restriction protects 47 acres in Shelburne
03-17-2024 10:01 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE — Roughly 47 acres on the east side of Reynolds and Patten roads are being protected under a conservation restriction held by the Franklin Land Trust.The land, formerly part of the “old Dean Farm” acquired by Catherine “Kiki” Smith and...


Harvard Forest exhibits offer information on history through dioramas
03-03-2024 12:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

At Harvard Forest in Petersham, visitors can learn about the forest and its history through dioramas dating back to the 1930s. The dioramas and the museum that was built for them was the idea of Richard T. Fisher, who was named director and primary...


Climate justice activist Flowers gives keynote at UMass for Black History Month
03-01-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Before acclaimed environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers said one word about herself at the outset of a talk at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday night, she expressed gratitude to marginalized communities across...

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