Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership

Photo : Wood smoke from a state of the art wood pellet boiler, at the John Olver Transportation Center, Greenfield,MA


Mohawk Trail Woodlands sustainable forestry and energy project announced


Pellet Boiler Tension Flares
The Independent February 5, 2016 by Ben Bosco
"If you want to get a wood boiler for the school do it, but don't do it because you think it would be good for the environment." Dr. Mary Booth
MTWP SI 2-5-16.pdf
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Board of Health opposes Mohawk wood pellet burning
Shelburne Falls and West County Independent-March 16, 2016
MTWP-BOH SFI-3-16-16.pdf
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ALA weighs in on wood burning school heating
Shelburne Falls and West County Independent - April 1, 2016
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Mohawk debates wood pellet boilers By DIANE BRONCACCIO Recorder Staff
Buckland February 2, 2016
MTWP Recorder 2-2-16.docx
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 “We’re in a valley; we have air inversions. Schools have a highly susceptible population,” Ayers said, mentioning conditions such as asthma. “Students would be exposed (to particulates) five days a week.”

Ayers’ remarks came after ecologist Mary Stuart Booth, director of Partnership for Policy Integrity, questioned the so-called “carbon neutrality” of pellet stoves, given the high-energy required to manufacture and transport wood pellets. Booth said there are no standards for how the pellets are made, and that the high demand for wood-pellet stoves and boilers is resulting in clear-cutting of forests to meet the demand. Also, she said, heavy metals and toxins from demolition wood have been found in some analysis of pellet emissions.

Greenfield Recorder Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk Friday, February 5, 2016
Editorial recorder 2-6-16.docx
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 Decision With Heath Costs

Letter to the Greenfield Recorder - March 1 , 2016


"My fear is that the opportunity for the Mohawk School District, with its declining student enrollment and half-empty schools, to focus on saving money by participating in these programs is clouding the vision of local officials."

Are West County's Ears Burning-State Study Looks at Wood Availabilty

Greenfield Recorder March 28, 2016<<

American Lung Association Letter to the Editor
Greenfield Recorder-May 11, 2016 - ALA opposes wood boilers for schools
MTWP-ALA-Recorder 5-11-16.doc
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Wood Boiler Ok's for Sanderson, not for Mohawk
Greenfield Recorder - May 13, 2016
MTWP-Recorder 5-13-16.doc
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Demonizing Pellet Fuel

Letter to the Greenfield Recorder - February 8, 2016

Wood Pellet Boiler Makes Sense

Letter to the Greenfield Recorder - February 7, 2016

Mohawk Trail State Forest
Mohawk Trail State Forest